Virginia's Criminal Justice

The Citizens' Voice about Virginia's Uncontrolled Judiciary

JUDGE ALFRED SWERSKY

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Retired Judge

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Fair

Did not follow Virginia statues nor provide required rationale for his decision.

JUDGE CHRISTOPHER HUTTON

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8th Judicial Circuit

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I’ve been gravely disappointed with the quality of Judge Hutton’s opinions, his appearance of impropriety, and in his undue delay (16 months) in providing an opinion in a contempt of court charge I filed against my opposing counsel.

JUDGE PAUL GLUCKOWSKI

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Manassas

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This judge just out right refused to recognize and take into consideration the realities surrounding the case. I was totally in the wrong and what ever the Mother said was taken as the word of God. He had a total and complete disregard for what was really in the best interests of my son and my son has suffered for it. What is really disturbing is I was only looking for joint custody and equal time.

JUDGE RANDY SMITH

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Chesapeake Circuit

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Smith ignored every bit of evidence that the defendant was innocent.  He looked at him when he first stood up and got this look on his face like, " I know this guy is guilty."  He even lied about the evidence in his ruling.  This "judge" needs to be locked up.

 

JUDGE WILLIAM SHARP

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Warren County

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Sharp has repeatedly denied me due process for political reasons and has caused my children unspeakable harm for the benefit of his friends despite overwhelming evidence presented over and over again.

JUDGE PHILIP TROMPETER

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Roanoke County J&D

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This corrupt judge along with his "cohort" child guardian (Diana M. Perkinson) work well together in perfect unison, to destroy innocent families in the Roanoke County, Virginia area. God only knows the overwhelming statistics of innocent lives suffering at their evil hands.

JUDGE GARY A. HICKS

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Henrico Circuit Court, Richmond, VA

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This judge flat out denied me due process of the law & gave my house away & had me evicted as a tenant after I paid $200K to build the house & lived there alone for almost 5 years paying the mortgage, taxes and HOA fees. I was never allowed to show my proof or call on y own witnesses. He totally discriminated against me for being a Hispanic gay woman from NY, just because he is the President of the Christian Family Values Assoc, in Richmond, VA.

JUDGE GARY A. HICKS

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Richmond, VA

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This judge flat out denied me due process of the law and gave my house away to a crazy diabolical ex who paid nothing for my house & who is not even on the deed. I paid over $200K for my house up front & lived there for almost 5 years alone & he allowed a sheriff to evict me as a tenant. I was denied my rights because I am a gay woman from NY, who was never allowed to show my proof of payments and to have my witnesses testify on behalf.  This Judge has acted like he is under the table with the shyster lawyer who represented my ex.

JUDGE JANICE BRICE

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Prince William County JDR

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1st black female judge in Virginia?...doesn't like males — especially pro se males. Co-mingles criminal and civil contempt...punishes for child support, doesn't seem to mind letting mothers screw fathers on custody or visitation violations.

JUDGE LARRY WILLIS

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Chesapeake J&DR

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I don’t know if he’s pissed at being repeatedly passed over for Circuit Court or if he’s been passed over because he’s just an idiot.  I’ve actually seen this man asleep during a trial.  He doesn’t listen to the testimony and makes up his decisions as he goes along.  Let’s hope that when he leaves the JDR, he doesn't go any higher.

JUDGE WILLIAM SHARP

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City of Winchester, Virginia

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Judge Sharp doesn't even know the LAW and can't seem to read it even when you provide him a COPY of it. Same with Beth Kellas - her last order VIOLATED state and Federal US Code!!
They continue to write orders without ANY JURISDICTION - which is cool on the flip side cuz Judges get NO Judicial Immunity from a Federal Judge when Civil Rights lawsuits against them personally are filed.

JUDGE ELIZABETH KELLAS

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City of Winchester, Virginia

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At a "private" Bar Associate meeting I snuck into- she AND Judge Sharp stated "I do not look at any pleadings filed until the actual hearing" - Maybe THAT’S why there's no such thing as getting a DCSE Show Cause filed ILLEGALLY by a NON ATTORNEY working for the state, or NOT PERSONALLY SERVED as required by the LAW to be Dismissed?

JUDGE CHARLES LINCON

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Juvenile & Domestic Marion, VA

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This judge used to be the attorney for dept of corrections in Marion, VA.  the father of my child is employed with Dept of Corrections in Marion, VA.  However when we went to court over custody of my son there were no conflicts of interest declared.  Oh and by the way the father got custody of my son how ironic is that?

JUDGE NELSON DURDEN

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J&DR Hampton, VA

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Judge Durden was supposed to have retired in 2007 however supposedly because of the case load he has been kept on. Judge Durden does not care about the Non Custodial parents rights at all in my opinion. He actually has empowered the criminal activity of the noncustodial parent in my case. Four times he has found her guilty of Failure to Comply with visitation orders, resulting in 4 suspended sentences. He "forgot" things that were said during testimony.  I had to correct him on more than one occasion, he does not maintain order in the court allowing my testimony to be disturbed by the custodial parents outburst and actually ACKNOWLEDGING her comments without giving her a warning for being disorderly. I am sure he has destroyed more child - parent relationships than he has helped. He should retire. Every person that I know that has had to deal with him has shared similar stories.

JUDGE ROSSI ALSTON

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Circuit Prince William County

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"Probably from Judge Alston"

JUDGE GAYLORD FINCH

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Fairfax County, VA 19th Circuit

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Should have been removed from the bench long ago.

JUDGE WESTBROOK J. PARKER

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Chief Judge Suffolk, Virginia

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He is not a believer in citizens constitutional rights. Participated in a set up between the Gloucester Board of Supervisors, their lawyer Antony Troy to penalize citizens who petitioned to remove four corrupt supervisors.

JUDGE WILLIAM SHARP

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Front Royal

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Excellent

Best J&D judge i have been before.

"Probably submitted by Judge Sharp."

JUDGE THOMAS HORNE

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Circuit Leesburg, Va.

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One of the finest jurist in the country.

JUDGE JOHN PROSSER

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Frederick County Circuit Court, Winchester, Virginia

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Did not consider that the father was unable to pay for the children, didn't care that he wasn't paying child support, asked his own questions didn't allow lawyers to do their job. Stated that it was ok for the Father's parents to support him financially, but wasn't going to submit their income as part of the agreement even after the Mother of the Father to the children stated that she supported the Father financially 100%. Judge stated he "didn't care" on topics such as the Father did not submit his interrogatories or discovery until the day before the hearing, the Father's mental stability, the Father's financial standing, etc. Clearly ruled in the Father's favor and didn't take any items into favor on the opposing side. He hurried proceedings to ensure that he could leave early that day, discounted evidence and didn't want to put the Father on the stand. Allowed opposing counsel to submit orders without serving the other party on several occasions.

JUDGE JOHN E. WETSEL, JR.

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City of Winchester, VA

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Seeing how he's being "honored" by other Bar Card members, I find it fascinating he got away with calling people Nazi's during their Jury Trials. and actually was permitted to write an Order for anyone...has no Court Watcher ever attended any of the Winchester Courts in Session? This one takes the cake.

JUDGE THOMAS J. WOOD

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Augusta Co. Circuit Court

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Extremely corrupt judge who should be in jail himself for corruption! He is now retired but still sits in on cases periodically.

JUDGE VICTOR LUDWIG

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Waynesboro J&D Court

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This judge ignored an attempted murder on my life by the father of my five year old little boy, who witnessed the incident.  He did not see this to be a concern when giving him custody.

JUDGE CALES

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PORTSMOUTH

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This judge fell asleep 4 times during a trial and he lets the prosecutors run his court room. On this same day and same trail Judge Cales did not deliberate the case at all as if his mind was already made up before trail. Judge Cales never even considered the defendant evidence and made his ruling of one persons testimony. This is a very bad state and court to have trouble in. I felt very bad for that guy his whole life was in a sleeping judges had and he was convicted for something that seemed so clear that he was innocence.

JUDGE ROSSI ALSTON

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Prince William County Circuit Court

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He was on the bench for every one of my hearings for 3-4 years before I finally gave up. My children's mother disobeyed visitation orders from Day 1 & he never did a thing about it. Never even threatened to do anything about it. On a scale of 1-10........-25.

JUDGE JEFFERY PARKER

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Circuit, Warrenton, VA

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He used contempt of court, summary, to stop a protest outside of the court. He lied from the bench. This is going to the court of appeals. When he is overruled he must be impeached. Parker should not be on the Bench, he is not truthful. We the people must not stand for this type of people in his position.

JUDGE FINCH

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Fairfax, VA

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Judge Finch is a bad excuse for a judge.  He needs to go!

JUDGE GEORGE (JEFF) FAIRBANKS

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J&DR Williamsburg/James City County, VA

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Not one of these laws in the Code of Virginia was adhered to in a cases I know of.  I witnessed some of it.  I gave him a fair on communications because he is good at twisting a witnesses words and getting them out of the witness box quickly when their testimony is damaging to the person he wants to win.  He controls the local police (Virginia Gazette article in October 2008) who fail to report crimes against a parent by the other or write false reports to make one parent look badly.  I have heard him violate every statute in this list.  I know one woman who has the proof of false reports.

JUDGE RANDALL SMITH

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Chesapeake Circuit

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This guy never belonged on the bench.  He bought his way in with contributions to legislators' campaigns.  Was responsible for at least 1 wrongful convictions as Commonwealth's Attorney.  Has already been overruled on appeal at least twice.  Even ruled against his own clerk of court.

JUDGE SAUEL T POWELL

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Williamsburg/James City County Circuit Court, VA

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Refuses to recuse himself from a case I know of even though legal action has been taken against him in Federal Court by one of the people in the case.  Threatens sanctions from bench for any action against him.  Uses friends for his dirty work.  Friends profit by his decisions.  Appointed Tommy Norment to $350,000 per year post only days before re-appointment to bench.  Norment abstained from vote, but worked behind the scenes to help Powell.

CHIEF JUSTICE HASSELL

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Va. Supreme Court

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Chief Justice Hassell has violated the Constitution of Virginia and Va. Code § 17.1-913. Confidentiality of papers and proceedings...A. All papers filed ...including the identification of the subject judge as well as all testimony and other evidence and any transcript thereof ...or (iv) participates in any proceeding of the Commission or in the official recording or transcription thereof, except that the record of any proceeding filed with the Supreme Court shall lose its confidential character

All records of proceedings before the Commission which are NOT filed with the Supreme Court in connection with a formal complaint filed with that tribunal, shall be kept in the confidential files of the Commission.

Judge Chad Dotson

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Wise County General District Court, Wise, VA

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The most biased judge I have ever seen! He must not know what the Constitution and Bill of Rights are and he likes to associate with known drug dealers.

Judge Bruce D White

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Fairfax, VA

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Judge Bruce D. White is Unfit, Unjust & unmerited.  He is Biased & heartless