Breaking: The Detroit Free Press Gets It Right About Judge Gorcya

June 4, 2016

Finally, a Columnist for the Detroit Free Press, Brian Dickerson is the first member of the media to correctly understand what went on this week with the Paul Fisher and Margaret Rynier of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and their hearings against Judge Lisa Gorcyca with the Tsimoni Custody Case.

In the two days of hearings, Dickerson has been able to navigate his way through the political and personal agendas of what he is calling the Tsimhoni custody fire. He is also one of the first reporters to inject Lisa Gorcyca’s husband, the former Oakland County prosecutor into this story.

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Source:

Judicial ethics cops pour gas on Tsimhoni custody fire by Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press Columnist 6/3/2016

 

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The Judicial Tenure Commission Hearings are Completed

June 2, 2016

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission Hearings brought forward by Paul Fisher and Margaret Rynier against Judge Lisa Gorcyca are now completed. The ruling will be made in 21 days by Judge Dan Ryan. There were 2 days of detailed witness testimony with video allowed in the court room, live streaming to a website and numerous posts on social media despite the GAL and children’s attorney in the civil case request to keep the children’s names out of the media since the custody case is still pending. Here are some conclusions:

  • Paul Fisher and Margaret Rynier of the Judicial Tenure Commission should have found a way to close these hearing to the public or at the very least stopped the public from video taping or live streaming the hearing. These children are going to school in the local community and additional steps should have been taken to protect the family and children’s privacy.
  • The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission should not be used as another forum for litigants like the Mother who after using 17 attorneys received numerous proclaimed unfavorable rulings or verdicts. Nevertheless the door has been officially open to report Judges to these judicial conduct review boards.
  • It is horrific how disrespectful the minors in the case have been toward the professionals involved. And their treatment of their father by turning their back to them, locking their arms together and looking down on the ground is outrageous. After hearing of this, how can any parent and especially the mother in this case condone such behavior?
  • One of the Family Law issues that was been brought forth in this case is when a Family Law Judge issues a custody order, are the children too responsible for following that order? And can those child be held responsible for the civil contempt of that order? We never found the answer to that in the Madonna/Ritchie case. The son eventually agreed and is now adhering to the custody schedule. That said, the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is certainly not the venue for deciding this.
  • It seems like this case is more political than the professional conduct and ensuring the law is being followed by the Family Law Judge in this case. This became apparent when Margaret Rynier tried to inject religion into her cross-examination as well as the travel schedule of the father. It was wrong for the Judicial Tenure Commission attorneys to try and interview the children to afford them a basis for testifying for them (which the mom and her attorney Lisa Stern most likely wanted). The professional conduct of Rynier and Fisher certainly should be further investigated.
  • The mother and her supporters in this case have to find a way to compromise their position and show compassion for the remarried father in this case for the benefit of these children. There needs to be coparenting in this case and everyone needs to follow all court orders.

The Judge in this case will be challenged to follow the law and do the right thing and clear Judge Lisa Gorcyca in this case. With social media, video and the global media, it is just too easy for disgruntled litigants to create additional forums for their cases. The Judge should act swiftly and decisively to not give those Judicial System Critics any additional forums for their cause.

The  Family Law Judge in this case is now tasked with trying to create a miracle and put this family unit back together. These family members will need to find a way to tolerate each other. This would include graduations, colleges and holidays. This is a lifetime of future opportunities for these children.


Judge Lisa Gorcyca Hearing Update

May 31, 2016

Here are videos from today’s Hearing. It’s shocking for a judge’s conduct to be put on trial like this publicly. Also with the pending custody hearing with Judge Joan Young and with minors involved, it is odd to hear portions of the custody case adjudicated.

What is the most shocking is co-examiner Margaret Rynier’s line of questioning toward a judge and what appears to be her attempt at using the race card in the second video.

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Margaret Rynier, Staff Attorney at the Judicial Tenure Commission

There were a number of Oakland County Michigan Judges attending the opening statements to show their support for Judge Gorcyca.

Judge Daniel Ryan
Judge Gorcyca’s Attorney, Tom Cranmer of Miller Canfield
Margaret Rynier, Co-examiner for the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission
Judge Lisa Gorcyca

Judge Lisa Gorcyca
Karen Gullberg Cook, Attorney for one of the children

Patrick Anthony (Michael) Dean, Attorney for one of the children

Brittany Kelso, Oakland County Children’s Village

William Lansat, Guardian Ad-litem
Keri Middleditch, Attorney for Father
Randy Maloney, Sheriff’s Deputy for Oakland County

Day 2 Videos including Closing Statements

Here’s a short summary of the hearing from Courthouse News Service.

Fiery Start to Ethics Case Against Michigan Judge by Andy Olesko

Editor’s Note: It is very sad to see legal resources and taxpayer dollars used in this manner to publicly disparage the reputation of a judge. There are critics of our nation’s Family Court System but if any system is broken, it’s the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission proceedings. Some of the inappropriate questions almost sound like the Supreme Court Hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas. By today’s standards, Margaret Reiner’s questioning of Judge Gorcyca about the religion of the Tsimhonis were extremely insensitive. Finally, as this trial proceeds, it appears that the Director of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission has some political agenda in this case with his attempts to interview the children in this case as well as facilitate a meeting with the Israeli Consul General in Chicago and the children.


Oakland County Lawyers Back Judge Lisa Gorcyca

May 31, 2016

Judge Lisa Gorcyca is set to go before a Judicial Tenure Commission hearing on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in the 35th District Court in Plymouth, Michigan regarding her actions int he Tsimhoni family custody case. More than 175 lawyers and counting who work in family law have signed a letter in support for Judge Gorcyca.

Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Gorcyca worked in the District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor 16 years primarily working with Domestic and Elder Abuse cases.

The prosecution of Judge Gorcyca is by Paul Fisher, the controversial executive director of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and Margaret Rynier. Former Wayne Circuit Judge Daniel Ryan is presiding over the Gorcyca hearing.

Sources:

Lawyers back Oakland circuit judge as hearing to start by Mike Martindale, The Detroit News, May 30, 2106.

Editor’s Note: It is unbelievable that in Michigan a Judicial Complaint is heard publicly for an open Family Law custody case. It is even more unbelievable that the Michigan Tenure Commission is allowing the hearing to be video taped in an ongoing custody case involving minors. If this were allowed in all states, then Family Law litigants that are not pleased with the results of their custody case and want another forum should file a complaint  against their Family Court Judge.

This complaint sounds like it is very political and with the media involved it gives the lawyers in the Michigan Tenure Commission an opportunity to grandstand or promote their professional reputations.

There is already a video that is posted on YouTube for part of this this hearing.