05-20-13: Alabama deputies ignore sick woman, refuse to provide her medication and then clear the courtroom and watch her die on the courtroom floor.
Should we title this, "Clark County Courthouse Predator ignored by Judge Patricia Doninger" (although the woman is on video pleading into a Microphone in front of Judge Doninger for four minutes straight in front of her daughter?)
While the video is chilling enough, that the matter somehow did not reach the Presiding Judge for months, although the mother was jailed, is even more troublesome. Update: We've heard Doninger is the pet of another judge who wants cash from the legislature to run a "Safe House" for women. (Traditional media seldom reports the lucrative DV business)
or, that the solution lies in Technology in Family Court. See videos on the Restraining Orders, which could be adapted for family court use. After all, there's nothing more predictive than GPS.
Sacramento Supervising Family Court judge Matt Gary lost his job in part, due to bailiffs acting as thugs, after Judge Gary ordered a pro-per arrested.
"Wagoner directed the bailiffs to arrest her for contempt. She was later transported to jail pursuant to a jail remand order issued by the judge and remained incarcerated for approximately three hours before she was able to post bail.
Wagoner also issued an order to show cause re contempt, stating that Arnold was cited for contempt for willfully disobeying a court order in contravention of Code of Civil Procedure Sec. 1209(a)(5).
He subsequently found her guilty of direct contempt of court and sentenced her to five days in jail, giving her credit for one day served and staying the other four days for one year on the condition that she “obey all laws and all lawful orders and directives of this court.”
The commission determined that Wagoner’s actions constituted abuse of his contempt power and violated Arnold’s due process rights. Since her alleged conduct “did not occur in the judge’s courtroom and did not involve a proceeding pending in his court, the judge was without jurisdiction over her and could not lawfully order her to attend a hearing in his courtroom,” the CJP said.
Additionally, the panel noted such “security issues are properly handled by sheriffs deputies,” and suggested that Wagoner’s intervention “gave the appearance of having assumed a law enforcement role contrary to canon 2A of the Code of Judicial Ethics.”
The commission said that is was not persuaded by Wagoner’s argument that the court’s statutory or inherent powers to preserve order could be used to order a citizen to attend a hearing concerning conduct occurring outside the courtroom and that had no connection to a pending proceeding, or that reports of disruptive conduct by Arnold on prior occasions gave the judge the authority to act as he did.
Wagoner further “failed to comply with the proper contempt procedures by remanding Ms. Arnold to jail without a hearing” and by “failing to issue an order that recited the evidentiary facts supporting the contempt finding.”
He also “wrongly adjudicated the matter as one of direct contempt and wrongly found Ms. Arnold guilty of that charge” since her conduct did not occur in the judge’s courtroom or chambers, and imposed conditions on Arnold’s contempt that were not authorized by law.
The commission concluded that Wagoner’s conduct “constituted, at a minimum, improper action,” which was “aggravated by the fact that he used the contempt power to incarcerate someone over whom he had no jurisdiction” and that he had received an advisory letter in 2009 for abusing his authority with regard to individuals who were not before him.""Are you gonna electrocute me for talking?"