Bad laws, bad decisions, bad judges, bad experts, bad ethics, bad ideas, and other things that are BAD FOR CHILDREN
GENIA SHOCKOME CASE, Poughkeepsie, Duchess County, New York. On Friday, May 7, 2005, Yevgenia Shockome, a pro se battered mother seven months pregnant, who already inexplicably had lost custody of her children to her abuser three years before in Judge Damian J. Amodeo's Duchess County Courtroom, was jailed on Mother's Day weekend for objecting to Amodeo's order permitting the father to move her children (whom she has not been able to see for months) to Texas. Apparently, Amodeo got pissed off because she called him a "liar" in response to... what I guess we would call "bullshit" if it emanated from someone other than a judge. Amodeo previously had given custody to the children's father despite indications of the father's dysfunctional and stalker-like behavior. That original bad decision currently is on appeal. This latest act by the judge is inexcusable.
Incredibly, Judge Amodeo sits on New York State's Matrimonial Commission, which is supposed to help improve the way family courts function. Amodeo touts the following credentials: Member, NYS Matrimonial Commission, 2003 to present; Member, NYS Parent Education Advisory Board, 2001 to present; Member, NYS Universal Case Management Committee, 1999 to 2001; Member, NYS Committee on Automation and Technology for Judges, 1993 to 1996 Member, NYS Judicial Institute Committee, 2000 to 2002; Member, P.E.A.C.E. Advisory Committee, 1994 to 1999; Member, 9th Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts, 1990 to present; Member & Past President [1986-1987]; Dutchess County Bar Association, 1968 to present; Member, Dutchess County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 1989 to present; Member, Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council, 2000 to present ;Member, Dutchess County Juvenile Justice Task Force, 2004 to present; Member & Past President, Hyde Park Rotary, 1968 to 2004.
What's this man doing involved with all these domestic violence, parenting education, and "gender fairness" committees? Looks like a suspicious agenda to liz. Let's get this pig off the bench. We need judges who engender actual respect, not incompetents who jail pregnant immigrant mothers whom they've tormented and wronged, who in turn -- because of the judge's own offensive behavior and inappropriate decisions -- have come to confuse this honorable office with the rude jerk who happens to wield its power.