Guess who just voted overwhelmingly against expanding protective orders to dating couples.
They also plan to testify against upcoming legislation. Because of “budget” issues.
You guessed it (or I gave it away): Jefferson County Family Court judges.
Way to go, folks!
Received an email from one of the Judges:
I am not sure what your source was for the information you posted, but please be advised that the information that you posted
regarding the stand of the family court judges is fundamentally inaccurate. The judges appeared before the Jefferson County legislative delegation on Monday, November 16th. In making the presentation to the delegation on behalf of the judges who appeared last night, I specifically stated that we do NOT oppose expanding the protection of domestic violence orders to dating couples. Rather, we addressed specific aspects of the implementation of the legislation and offered suggestions as to ways we believe the extended protections would be more feasibly implemented. Nor is it accurate to indicate that we intend to speak in opposition to expanded protection during the legislative session. Please correct the information on your website in order to reflect the accurate position of the judges.
My sources were two of this Judge’s colleagues. Based on what they told me at the time, what I published was not inaccurate. And they told me at the time that there were, indeed, loose plans to speak against the legislation over cost concerns.
The members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation I spoke with say that none of the nine Judges appearing took time to call them for a discussion about the legislation. They’re quite unhappy and disappointed.
Thought I’d share the update.
P.S. It is HIGHLY pleasing to hear they don’t plan to oppose the legislation (we hear brother/brother-in-law language is part of the hold-up). We’ll hold them to it.