The complaint concerns the actions of a judge, who at the time was a lawyer, and the alleged willful endangerment of children.

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The complaint concerns the actions of a judge, who at the time was a lawyer, and the alleged willful endangerment of children. The complainant alleged that, at the time of the proceeding which occurred during the 70’s, the lawyer had coerced the complainant, who at that time was a child, into providing a false testimony through intimidation so that the complainant’s mentally ill mother could regain custody of her children. This resulted in the complainant and his siblings being abused by their mother. The mother allegedly confessed that she shared sexual relations with the lawyer, which the complainant uses as support to state that the former lawyer knew of his mother’s mental instability.

The Council reviewed the case, and noted that the trial regarding the custody of the children would have happened when the complainant was 8 years old. Since that moment, there have not been any reports to confirm this event, and the Council supposes that the perception of the case by the complainant may be skewed as the trial happened when the complainant was a child. As for the allegations of sexual relations with the lawyer, the conversation holds little validity as his mother was mentally unstable and the conversation dated from 15 years ago. As for the idea that the false testimony was the sole cause for returning custody to the mother, the complainant was advised that a judge would have considered all aspects of the case to determine the best interests of the children. Based on the facts at the time, and the inability to predict the future, the judge decided that the children were to be returned to their mother. Another issue noted by the Council was that the complaint was regarding the moment in time when the judge was a practicing lawyer. The Council only holds the ability to look at judicial conduct, which does not include lawyers.

As the information provided proved to be insufficient to support an investigation into the conduct of a judge, the matter was closed.

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