Friday, June 19, 2009

What's wrong with the justice system?

It boggles the mind.

When Ruby Barrameda sought the temporary protection of the court from a husband who physical abuse her, and who also asked the court to grant her custody of her children, whom she had to leave behind because her spouse refused to allow her to take them with her, the judge not only refused the first request, but allowed the husband to keep the children while the custody case was being heard!

What reasoning, I wondered, led that judge – a woman at that, to deny one who had been the victim of domestic violence protection? And worse, why should the judge not grant the mother at least temporary custody of the children - both under 7, one is less than a year old at the time of the request?

Apparently the husband opposed the custody request of his wife on grounds of abandonment – she had left them behind.

Imagine that. Husband beats wife, driving her figuratively out of the house, and then claims that she abandoned her children, so she should not be granted custody. That is akin to children killing their parents, and then asking for the court’s mercy because they are orphans!!!

If she abandoned them, why was she asking for their custody so soon after? But apparently, as mentioned previously, the judge fell for the husband’s line sufficiently to allow him to keep the “abandoned” children for the time being. For her, it must have sounded like a death knell, which as it turns out, it literally was, because her body was found burried in the ocean inside a steel drum full of cement. She was gone missing on the day she went to visit her kids.

This is a very high-profile case here and is being talked about. But there must be many more, not only here but in other country, where people who have run to the courts as their last resort, expecting succor, get slapped down instead.

Are the judges involved incompetent? Or is it a lack of integrity that is involved – another form of “golden rule,” where he who has the gold gets the favorable ruling? And as the media reports make clear, this kind of rot goes all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Pray this won't happen to anyone you know...


Angry American said...

In america it's the total opposite. Although, there have been some cases where d*ckhead judges didn't take the women serious and they ended up dead. Most of the time women have all the rights.

There are also state run agencies for battered women that house them and even help them get training and jobs. If they have kids and come to one of the shelters without the kids, child services might take them to protect the kids from the wife beater.


What wrong with justice, well there isnt any!
We have a female Judge here who only takes the side of the men. If a woman breaks down in court because her ex has just sat there for the last few hours mentally berating her, this Judge classes the woman as mentally unstable and gives the guy custody. I had a lawyer warn me of her and tell me to stay calm NO MATER WHAT. Sometimes female Judges are worse than the male counterparts....
Great post hun

Sid Brechin said...

I think part of the problem is we think that the name justice system is accurate. In my view it is not a justice system at all but rather a legal system. After shaking hands with a lawyer I make a point of counting my fingers.

Tracey said...

That's so awful.....What happened to the husband & the kids after?

Are you having a nice weekend?
lots of love

Odette said...

ok trace, here's the story: according to the witness, the father-in-law had her killed and dumped her body in the ocean after putting it in steel drum and pouring mixed cement in it. then they put the drum in a steel casing probably to make sure it will stay in the ocean bed. they were angered that she filed for child custody.
after two years of searching for her. she was finally laid to rest the other day, but up to her burial her ex husband's family did not allow the children to visit the wake.
a court case has been filed against the perpetrators and i particularly follow the story like "tele-novela" series. i hope that justice will be served this time around.

living_with_ba said...

I have to agree with Kirst, the only thing wrong with "justice" is that there isn't any, at least not in this country...and from the sounds of it, not in yours either.

Tracey said...

Well I know from Bub that this blog makeover was very stressful, but WOW! it was sure worth it.....Fabulous..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Amy said...

All that stress paid off...your blog looks great!!

sorry i missed you when you called back on msn...i'll talk to you soon!

Bub xxxx

Odette said...

iam still groping at how to edit the background, the fonts and colors, etc. i know i can make use of the "edit me" button above but i don't know how yet. anyway, i'll leave it at that for now...

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I love your blog. I enjoyed reading it today.
I had some time to do some blog hopping...
I always enjoy finding new blogs and new friends.
Hope you will stop by and visit me.
This month I am posting on our Disney trip plus a June a new grandson that will arrive on Tuesday....

rattles said...

odette i echo whats already been said there isnt much if any justice these days. Its madness.
On a side line i love the blog it looks great hon.

Speak soon lotsa lv Rattles Xxxx

Tracey said...

hey Odette.....wheres ya 10 questions? and tell Ray he better bloody this too!!!!!! (or else)
Love ya


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