Sunday, May 08, 2005

E-Mail Judge Amodeo And Express Your Outrage

Remember, this is not a relocation case. It is a bad custody decision/abuse case.

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DAMODEO@courts.state.ny.us

Genia Shockome, 7 months pregnant, has appeared hundreds of times before Duchess County Family Court judge Daniel Amodeo during the past four years. Genia will be sitting in jail this Mothers Day after being incarcerated for 30 days on the order of Judge Amodeo. Her crime was "contempt of court"; Genia, who appeared pro-se before the judge on Thursday, May 5th, was held in contempt for too-vigorously objecting to Amodeo's decision to allow Genia's abusive husband to move their two children (ages around 7 and 9), to Texas--thousands of miles away from Genia, who had been their primary caretaker since birth, until around three years ago, when Amodeo gave the father sole legal and physical custody. Having lost supervised visitation rights and having not seen her children for around eight months now, Genia may never see them again. All of this has happened to Genia, a Russian immigrant, IBM engineer, and former Mother of the Year, due to the rulings of Judge Amodeo, which consistently have favored the children's father, despite good evidence that he abused Genia throughout their marriage (and, of course, throughout the separation as well, through abusive family court processes).

One shocking twist to this sad tale is Judge Amodeo's own admission that he--and not the father--induced the post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks that Genia suffers from. Amodeo made this claim to justify his determination that Genia falsely claimed that her husband's abuse had caused her to develop PTSD falsely (which is estimated to develop in around 75% of battered wives).

If Genia were to happen to be in jail when she gives birth to this next child (whose father is not Genia's husband), she stands a high risk of losing custody of that child to the state.

If you're not outraged, you haven't read this carefully enough. Register your outrage with Judge Amodeo and the Duchess County Family Court.

Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D.
Chair, Battered Mothers Custody Conference
518-210-2487
www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org

Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D.
Chair, Battered Mothers Custody Conference
518-210-2487
www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org

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