After their parents' contentious divorce, Judge Lisa Gorcyca ordered Maya Tsimhoni's three children to stay in regular touch with their father. She wanted them to maintain “a healthy relationship” with him, seemingly unable to understand that nothing “healthy” can exist under duress. Just because these kids are 14, 10, and 9 years old respectively does not mean they do not have a right to choose, to dissent, and to determine what is within their comfort zones. Within reason and law, of course.
But Judge Gorcyca insisted that the three children go to lunch with their father. When all three refused—something which should have tipped her off to some underlying reason worth considering—Gorcyca responded with unreasonable force and punitiveness: she sent them all to Children's Village's Juvenile Hall, where they are to remain until they turn 18.
This is a disgusting and devastating misuse of power by Judge Lisa Gorcyca. http://t.co/tjP0JvPfTu— TJ (@11Mitten) July 8, 2015
Because what better way to foster healthy relationships between children and parents than to tear them apart, and put the former in detention, where they can learn to be delinquent by being treated as such?
Judge Gorcyca of Detroit should be thrown off the bench for ordering children to juvey because they don't want to visit a violent father.— Big Bertha (@MistralWinds) July 8, 2015
Tsimhoni's son tried to reason with the judge, stating that the father is abusive:
“He is violent and I saw him hit my mom.”
But Gorcyca remained stunningly unmoved. She went as far as to compare the kids to “Charles Manson and his cult,” which is as unfair a likeness as one can muster. It seems that Judge Gorcyca is incapable of a measured, compassionate response.
Tsimhoni, stripped of the children who clearly love and trust her, is protesting:
"No matter how bad the divorce gets, I think the court should not punish the kids for that."
She is now fighting to get her children back from the Children's Village. They have already been separated for two weeks, and Tsimhoni has been barred from seeing them.
Judge Lisa Gorycyca is a goddamn moron https://t.co/kxzOMErtxi— Doug Warren (@iamDougWarren) July 8, 2015
"Justice" does not get more senseless or cruel than this.