Judge Amber Wolf from Jefferson County, Kentucky, has recently ruled that an inmate on a no-contact order could hold his month-old baby in her courtroom.
The defendant James Roeder, who was in custody for burglary, was permitted to see his new son by the same judge who recently made headlines for demanding that an inmate should be allowed to wear pants and use feminine hygiene products.
Roeder had never met his son because he was on a no-family contact order.
Wolf told Roeder, “I don’t want you to say anything to me about your case at all. Don’t say anything. Your lawyer is not present right now. But I understand that there is a chance that you’re going to go back to Todd County, and that your baby is a month old, and you haven’t met that baby yet. Is that right?”
The judge then asked his wife to bring their baby over to her husband so that he could hold him. She said, “Ms. Roeder, do you want to come up here? I know you have a no-contact order that I issued, and I am not changing that. I’m making a temporary exception right in front of me on the record so that you can meet this baby. This is your son.”
Both parents can be seen wiping tears from their eyes as Roeder held his son for the first time and kissed him on the forehead. Tissues were passed around among the courtroom staff when the Roeders exited the room. “Give everybody some,” Wolf can be heard saying. “If you all aren’t teared up, then you’re just heartless.”
The emotional moment proves that some judges really do care about the well-being of humanity. Watch the heartwarming video below.
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