Especially When You Bilk Ohio
Visiting Judge Judson Shattuck Jr.
For An Imagination Trial Day
Exhibit C - Hamilton County Website Thibodeaux Case History 11/22/04 Entry
Exhibit D - Shattuck's October 2004 (2 of 2) Compensation Report
Exhibit E - Thibodeaux Transcript pages 149-157 Dated October 21, 2004
I kindly call your attention to the entry dated 10/22/04 on Judge Shattuck's October 2004 Monthly Compensation Report (see Exhibit D). Judge Shattuck invoiced the state of Ohio for eight hours of his time stating that it was for "trial and writing".
But there was no trial that day.
There was no Thibodeaux trial on 10/22/04. Only a fool would believe he was writing anything, unless you consider filling out fabricated compensation reports writing? The trial ended the day before (see Exhibits C & E). It should have been a two-week trial, which would have included evidence and testimony regarding Dr. Louis Thibodeaux's alleged abuse of his children. But Judge Shattuck precluded those issues, thus cutting the trial (and his paycheck) to four days. But damn-it, he wanted paid for five days not four, and come hell or high water he was going to get it. So Mr. Shattuck simply made up the Friday 10/22/04 invoice so that he could collect on a full week. Do that at your job and you'll get fired.
Charge #3: Felony Theft In Office
Visiting Judge Judson Shattuck Jr.
Exhibit F - Shattuck's October 2004 (1 of 2) Compensation Report
Worked A Half Day -
But Invoiced Ohio For A Full Day
Exhibit G - Thibodeaux Transcript pages 125-127 Dated October 20, 2004
I kindly call your attention to the entry dated 10/20/04 in Exhibit F. Judge Shattuck invoiced the state of Ohio for eight hours of his time stating that it was for "trial".
But if you look at the Thibodeaux transcript pages of 10/20/04 (see Exhibit G), you will see that Judge Shattuck adjourned the proceedings early. He ended that day after less than four hours, which the stenographer and lawyers (maybe even the liar Dominic Mastruserio) will be able to attest. I was there too and I remember that Judge Shattuck wanted to visit a family member in the hospital, which was fine with everybody.
What isn't fine, however, is that Judge Shattuck later fabricated his invoice to the state of Ohio. Tacking on an additional four hours that he absolutely didn't work, Judge Judson Shattuck stole $220.08 from Ohio taxpayers. Do you suppose we should all just cut checks directly to Mr. Shattuck?
Charge #4: Felony Theft In Office
Cincinnati Millennium Hotel
Visiting Judge Judson Shattuck Jr.
Exhibit H - Shattuck's June 2004 Compensation Report
Inappropriately Expensed His Hotel Room
To Hamilton County
And Over-billed Ohio For His Time
Exhibit E - Thibodeaux Transcript pages 149-157 Dated October 21, 2004
Exhibit I - Ray Shannon Authorizes Shattuck's June 2004 Hotel Bill On November 22, 2004
Judge Shattuck stayed with his wife at the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati on the evenings of either June 23rd and 24th, or 24th and 25th (see Exhibit H). The hotel charged him twice the rate of $113.00. But Judson Shattuck failed to mention on his Monthly Compensation Report that he had mixed business with pleasure and had brought along his new wife L. Shattuck on what was really a pleasure trip to Cincinnati.
Taxpayers do not owe the Shattuck's trips to the big city. Sixty miles is not too far for a fellow to drive. He did it everyday for the Thibodeaux trial without staying at a hotel. A truthful public servant would not have invoiced the county for his hotel stay, or the state for his travel with his wife. Both invoices were inappropriate and an unnecessary taxpayer expense.
Five months later, on November 22, 2004, the day Judge Shattuck entered his pro-abuser Decision with the Hamilton County PAS Court, Chief Administrator Ray Shannon authorized reimbursing Mr. Shattuck for his Millennium Hotel bill the night of June 24th, even though Mr. Shattuck had stayed there with his wife. The expense was five months tardy and cost taxpayers $113 (see Exhibit I). The whole thing looks suspicious.
But Judge Shattuck doesn't stop there. He hits the Ohio taxpayers coming and going. Mr. Shattuck also invoiced the state of Ohio for five hours on June 25, 2004 for "Travel & Hearings" (see Exhibit J) when he actually worked only two. There was no "Hearing", but there was a Pre-Trial Conference that lasted less than one hour. The drive back to Xenia takes approximately one hour. That's two hours, not five. Judge Shattuck knowingly over-invoiced the Ohio taxpayers at an additional cost to them of $165.06.
Judge Judson Shattuck started the Thibodeaux case the same way he finished it, bilking the Ohio taxpayers.
Visiting Judge Judson Shattuck Jr.
Exhibit J - Judge Shattuck's June 2004 Compensation Report
Inappropriately Brings His Wife To Work
I kindly call your attention again to the entry dated 6/25/04 (see Exhibit J).
Judge Shattuck inappropriately allowed his wife Mrs. Shattuck to attend the very first Pre-Trial Conference with the father's deceitful attorney Dominic Mastruserio (under investigation for reversing testimony, lying and frauds upon the court) and the mother's attorney C. Richard Martin (with Richard Ducote teleconferenced).
As stated above, Mrs. Shattuck had been staying at the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati with her husband, and instead of waiting at the hotel or elsewhere, attended the Thibodeaux Pre-Trial Conference. Mrs. Shattuck's presence was an unnecessary distraction in the middle of a highly contentious custody battle and we will never know if she unduly influenced the judge?
Of course, if he planned on cheating Mrs. Thibodeaux and her children right from the start, which is what it looks like, then it didn't matter who was in the room, or what evidence was presented, or whether the alleged abuser's attorney, Dominic Mastruserio, was fabricating facts and events? Cheaters cheat - always.
When liars like Dominic Mastruserio and Judson Shattuck get together in the same room, it's best to leave the wives out of it - just too much bullshit flying around. If you bring your wife to court, you've brought her into the case.
Charge #6: Impropriety
Visiting Judge Judson Shattuck Jr.
Exhibit K - Shattuck's November 2004 (1 of 2) Compensation Report
Becomes His Own Courier -
Charges Ohio $261
To Deliver A Decision
Exhibit L - Shattuck's November 22 2004 Expense Report (Hamilton Cty)
I kindly call your attention to the entry dated 11/22/04 in Exhibit K. Again Thibodeaux - this time a half-day invoiced to the state. This is highly improper, probably unethical, and demonstrates bias. The invoice to the state for his time ($220.08), and county for his auto allowance ($41.25 see Exhibit L), is for the sole clerical purpose of entering the Thibodeaux Decision, which we say he wrote between his Skyline Chili three-way and cheese coney (before the trial).
Judge Judson Shattuck lives sixty miles from downtown Cincinnati. The cheapest and easiest way to enter a Decision (see Exhibit B) is to email it for free as an attachment to the court clerk. Or maybe fax it for pennies. Or mail it for 39 cents. Or Federal Express overnight it for $15.
But Judge Shattuck delivered it himself at taxpayer expense for $261.33
Judge Shattuck curiously drove 120 miles round trip and personally entered his pro-abuser Decision in the Thibodeaux case at the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court. It was totally unnecessary. Have you ever heard of a judge doing that?
At $261.33, Judge Shattuck is roughly fifteen times more expensive than any overnight courier. If he is to be believed, a doubtful proposition to begin, he must have spent two hours at the Hamilton County Court. But doing exactly what? Visiting with whom? Ray Shannon? Ron Panioto? He says that he was doing "Other", a description that he hadn't used on any Compensation Report in eight months. Isn't that odd?
As an aside, I hasten to add that when the Ohio Supreme Court changed the Monthly Visiting Judge Compensation Report Form to a check box format that included the word "Other", a description Judge Shattuck had rarely used, he celebrated by checking the "Other" box no less than ninety (90) times in five months. Whoopeee! Go ahead OSC, prove that Judge Shattuck wasn't doing "Other"? It appears that it is easier for liars to lie using your new form. It won't matter for the honest ones, of course, but guys like Shattuck will rob you blind.
But I digress. Judge Shattuck's November 22, 2004 trip to the Hamilton County PAS Domestic Court at taxpayer expense was inappropriate. If you know anything about the Thibodeaux case it is clear that Judge Shattuck likely spent more time driving the Decision than writing it. I think he went back to the Hamilton County Court for the same reason that an arsonist returns to the scene of a crime. He wanted to savor and enjoy the destruction. A pat on the back from Misters Panioto and Shannon would be nice too. How about hearing the words - "We owe you one"? So sweet to the PAS ears. And by the way, can you fellas sign my expense reports?
The unusual and weird Shattuck trip demonstrates possible bias against the mother, and suggests why he cheated her and the children in the first place - to ingratiate himself with Panioto and Shannon and possibly ...
Facts of the Case
My name is Mike R. and I live in California. I am the eldest brother of T. M. Thibodeaux, who was one of the litigants in the Hamilton County child custody case. The other litigant was Louis Thibodeaux, her former husband, who was alleged to have molested and abused their children. I was a witness in the case. Their case number at the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court is # DR97redacted.
The case was on appeal at the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. # C 04redacted
The litigation has ended.
This case involved a child custody dispute that started in 1997. The story is long and very involved. It would take about a hundred pages to tell it whole. Succinctly, my nephew and niece (now 13 and 9) have alleged over the years that their father, Dr. Louis Thibodeaux, physically abused and sexually molested them. My family is diametrically opposed to child molesters and shocked to encounter a court system that protects them.
To counter the abuse allegations, Dr. Thibodeaux's attorney, Dominic Mastruserio, used the discredited "Parental Alienation Syndrome", or PAS for short, theory as a defense. Child molesters turn to Parental Alienation Syndrome to win custody of their little victims.
The author of PAS, Dr. Richard Gardner, who committed suicide by stabbing himself to death, is quoted as saying, ''What I am against is the excessively moralistic and punitive reaction that many members of our society have toward pedophiles ... (going) far beyond what I consider to be the gravity of the crime.'' And ''all of us have some pedophilia within us.''
Not surprisingly, that moron came up with a theory to help pedophiles win custody. Rejected in the scientific community, PAS has found acceptance in Hamilton County's Domestic Relations Court and elsewhere. Any judge with half a brain rejects PAS. The walls reverberate in Hamilton County, however, with the wails of mothers who have lost custody of their abused children to the kids' tormentors.
How would you like to be a pedophile and get legal custody of your victims? If youˆïre lucky enough to be in Judge Panioto's Hamilton County court and your attorney uses PAS theory, which Panioto accepts, then there is nothing to stop you from sexually abusing your children. All roadblocks have been removed. Nobody has the legal right to take your children to a therapist. The kids are yours to abuse, courtesy of judges like Ron Panioto and Judson Shattuck. This is a serious problem in Ohio.
PAS courts punish allegations, and Parental Alienation attorneys, such as Dominic Mastruserio, attack the parent making "allegations" (usually the mother). Any "unsubstantiated allegation" is presumed by PAS attorneys and PAS courts to be a "false allegation", when in fact only about 2% of such allegations are false. The same as when there is no custody battle.
If the mother complains that the father is molesting her children, the PAS court will "sober her up", as Dr. Richard Gardner put it, and take away more, if not all of her visitation. This has the "sobering" effect of making the protective parent an ally of the child molester, as it is in her best interest to squelch any additional allegations of abuse. For a child, he or she is trapped between an abusive parent on the one hand, and the formerly protective parent advising not to say anything (you won't see mommy anymore) on the other. Which by the way is Catch 22, as that is felony child endangerment. In a very real sense, when that child is abused more, it is the court that cleared the path. A pedophile can have no better friend than PAS judges such as Panioto and Shattuck.
Questions posed by protective parents to allegedly abused children are characterized by Parental Alienation attorneys as having coached the child. So questions are bad and should also be punished. If you have children, imagine being faulted for asking whether anyone was hurting them?
Mr. Mastruserio spent a lot of time trying to establish that someone in the protective Mrs. Thibodeaux's family engaged in conversations or questioned the alleged victims. Any event like that is fodder for liars like Dominic Mastruserio. The legal strategy works in sick PAS courts like Hamilton County, which is also the perfect environment for compulsive liars like Mr. Mastruserio.
The Thibodeaux case has had many twists and turns. After the Court Evaluator Dr. Michael Borack's PAS Reports, Mr. Mastruserio threatened to go to trial in 2000 unless the mother relinquished custody to the alleged child molester, Louis Thibodeaux. Her attorney Bill Abernethy capitulated to the PAS court and Mrs. Thibodeaux was coerced into handing over custody to the alleged abuser, Mr. Thibodeaux. She did so to avoid losing altogether in Panioto's sick PAS court.
The first real attempt at a trial in August 2001 was postponed within minutes because the mother's new attorney, Richard Ducote, insisted on the mother's constitutional right to depose the court's PAS evaluator, Dr. Michael Borack, who had unethically recommended that the allegedly abused children be "deprogrammed", as if they had been brainwashed into believing they were abused. Judge Ronald Panioto, a proponent of PAS, reluctantly agreed to allow the Borack deposition - because of that pesky constitution.
Dr. Borack was thoroughly discredited (humiliated really), when he was forced to admit in his deposition that he hadn't the ability to assess sexually molested or abused children. In other words, the Panioto Court's so-called expert was nothing of the sort. He had no better ability to assess child sexual abuse than you or I. But you and I are not going around recommending abused children be deprogrammed and that moron is.
In 2002, Judge Panioto was motioned by the mother to reverse the effects of his incompetent court PAS evaluator, Dr. Michael Borack. But Judge Panioto refused to reverse, and worse still, refused to supplement the official record with Borack's reports when the mother appealed his decision. Obviously, Judge Panioto's decision not to reverse and not to supplement the record was not in the best interests of the children. Ron Panioto protected himself at the expense of the children. That particular decision angered me immensely. The website was created to blow the whistle on his pro-abuser corrupt PAS court. Do not feel sorry for cheats like him. Mr. Panioto is richly deserving, among others, of being exposed.
After the appeals were exhausted in late 2003, the custody trial began in earnest on February 17, 2004, but as mentioned, it was declared a Mistrial by Judge Panioto after only three hours. Judge Panioto knew that his court had botched the case. That he and his administrators were guilty of wrongdoing. His top parenting division chief, Jayne Zuberbuhler, perjured herself in deposition testimony which was exposed on the website. And Judge Panioto's court ordered "deprogramming of the children" was reminiscent of the 1960's Cultural Revolution in Communist China (mind-control, brainwashing of kids), which I testified to in court. Judge Panioto was looking for any excuse to get the hell out. He found it when one of his friends, a private investigator named Jim Simon, was mentioned in court testimony as a witness. Judge Panioto said that as a result he could not hear the case.
This was complete and total nonsense because Judge Panioto had discussed the case (ex-parte) with Mr. Simon years before. Mr. Simon was 100% convinced that Mr. Thibodeaux had abused his children and strongly objected to Judge Panioto when Mr. Mastruserio smeared his reputation in court. Mr. Panioto's reasons for quitting were a lie. I was testifying when he went into his act of being so conflicted. Rubbing his forehead as if a great man searching for the right thing to do ˆê he was trying to sell the notion that he wasn't running. But he fooled no one.
Judge Panioto left for others to clean up and cover-up his mess. He proved himself to be a typical bully who whomps on weaker people but runs home to mama when somebody tougher comes along. Judge Panioto showed no "testicular fortitude" and quit on the spot. To do that, he had to lie.
Former Judge Raymond Shannon, in his Appointment Request letter to Justice Thomas Moyer dated May 18, 2004 (Exhibit M), totally contradicts Judge Ronald Panioto, inappropriately telling the real reason for Panioto's recusal, that he was being assaulted (fairly I say) on a website created by the mother. Shannonˆïs letter, authorized by Judge Panioto, makes a liar of Judge Ronald Panioto, who should have recused himself two years earlier when he first became incensed over the website, particularly because he was being pilloried in a pink tutu, a fool of a judge.
Before leaving the case, Judge Panioto took one last stab at doing the right thing, ruling on February 10, 2004 that despite a 2000 Shared Parenting Agreement (that he knew was coerced as a result of Borack), that he would allow into evidence all the sexual abuse allegations against Louis Thibodeaux dating back to 1997. What's obvious to you and me was one giant leap for a PAS jurist. So we give him some smidgeon of credit, though it was far too little, too late.
The Ohio Supreme Court appointed as Judge Panioto's replacement a judge that Chief Justice Thomas Moyer once voted to reprimand in 1999, Judge Judson L. Shattuck Jr..
Chief Justice Moyer had taken exception in 1999 to Judge Shattuck's willingness to do what the trial judge in a Greene County case was unwilling to do in 1994, release a man from prison, and Shattuck did it without following the rules. Chief Justice Moyer's vote to reprimand was in the minority, and Judge Shattuck skated off unscathed. The complaint against Judge Shattuck is noteworthy because it highlighted Judge Shattuck's willingness to do what other judges will not - step outside the lines, to cheat the system, to break the rules, to play games.
The Appointment Request letter from Hamilton County Court Administrator Ray Shannon to Justice Moyer (Exhibit M) is very revealing. First of all, it should have come from Judge Panioto and not Mr. Shannon, though Mr. Shannon was careful to say Judge Panioto had authorized it. Secondly, if Judge Panioto is to be believed that he recused himself because a friend was a witness, all Mr. Shannon needed to do was write simply that. But Mr. Shannon doesn't mention anything at all about a Panioto friend, so his Appointment Request is false on it's face. Either Mr. Shannon's letter is false or Judge Panioto lied in court.
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer
In his letter to Justice Moyer, Mr. Shannon inappropriately busied himself with an attack on the mother in the Thibodeaux case for creating a website, and as well attempted to make it appear that she was attacking all the Hamilton County judges alike, not just Panioto, when in fact Mr. Shannon knew that the major culprit in the case was Judge Panioto's gross incompetence and unethical conduct. Mr. Shannon knew that Judge Panioto had cheated Mrs. Thibodeaux, used junk science (PAS) and stood by as the Thibodeaux children were supposed to be "deprogrammed" by order of his court. Somehow none of that was worthy of mention by Mr. Shannon, who at age 82, is undoubtedly beholden to Judge Ron Panioto for his nearly six figure job.
Mr. Shannon blamed the mother, whom he names fully, for Panioto's recusal, and then oddly attempted to explain that the case shouldn't be designated to Judge Charles Lowman because the mother would likely object. Well, contrary to Mr. Shannon's opinion, she had no reason to object to Judge Lowman, as she did not but should have Judge Shattuck. It is not at all clear from the Appointment Request, whether Judge Lowman was ever consulted, or whether Judges Shannon & Panioto simply did not want him?
Mr. Shannon is clearly trying to sway Justice Moyer against Mrs. Thibodeaux. But why would he bother? It's not as if Justice Moyer is in the business of fixing problem cases for old friends. Mr. Shannon seems to think that his words will have meaning for Justice Moyer. He's tattling on her. It seems to be a call to action. Mr. Shannon, a former visiting judge in Justice Moyer's program, closes by thanking Justice Moyer for "this and past favors", as if he were asking for one in the Thibodeaux case.
In short, Mr. Shannon's Appointment Request letter to Justice Moyer reeks with impropriety and is an insult to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Mr. Shannon had no business writing a letter of that kind. And it doesn't make Chief Justice Moyer look good when a favor is seemingly asked and then seemingly answered.
Deceitful attorney Dominic Mastruserio was also sure to make Judge Judson Shattuck aware of the mother's website. He appealed undoubtedly to Shattuck's collegiality, with no regard to the fact that absolutely nobody has ever contested that the website is factually correct. The mother's website is right about Panioto, right about Borack, right about Mastruserio, right about Zuberbuhler, and now right about Shattuck. Is she supposed to remain silent about people who are cheats? It's as if they are saying, "We are going to cheat you, and if you expose us, then we're really going to be mad." Judge Panioto proved that there is no reward in silence.
One of Judge Shattuck's first decisions in the Thibodeaux case shocked those familiar. He ignored the court order issued by Judge Panioto which allowed the sexual abuse allegations into evidence, and instead he prohibited the allegations from being presented at trial. As the trial judge since the inception of the case in 1997, Judge Panioto knew that the sexual abuse allegations had not been litigated. Judge Shattuck, however, pretended to know better than the original trial judge and dealt the children and their mother a terrible legal blow. This protected everybody but the children. The man is incredibly unethical. Mr. Shattuck cheats abused children with the same ease as he does Ohio taxpayers. He is shameless.
Judge Shattuck also ruled to prohibit a respected and nationally prominent therapist from evaluating the abused children, who have not been assessed in five years. The children cry out for a therapist, and their father, Louis Thibodeaux, who has custody and admits they need therapy, dare not take them to a mandatory reporter of abuse lest they disclose yet again. The children have been threatened by Dr. Thibodeaux not to disclose again. To this day, they live in fear of their father and ache for their mother. Don't believe me? Why don't we take them to a therapist and find out? Mr. Shattuck has cheated the Thibodeaux children. He has silenced their voices because what they would say would vindicate Mrs. Thibodeaux.
Adding insult to injury, Judge Shattuck faulted the mother in his decision for believing the "unsubstantiated allegations" that he would not allow her to prove in court.
Judge Shattuck awarded the alleged child molester, Dr. Louis Thibodeaux, full custody of his alleged victims without knowing if he were putting them in harm's way. The children screamed in horror when they learned of Shattuck's decision. Their hopes for a normal childhood dashed.
Judge Shattuck used the lame excuse that the father, the alleged child molester, was somehow better able to facilitate visitation. [see Exhibit B] But the judge contradicted himself by saying that neither side has anything kind to say about the other. The net result is that the protective mother does not have custody, has few rights, and sees her children only 16% of the time. This is her reward for bringing allegations of child sexual abuse to the Hamilton County PAS Court and seeking its protection.
Dr. Thibodeaux's attorney, Mr. Mastruserio, lied incessantly in relation to the book, "Understanding The Borderline Mother". It was about the only big issue left by visiting Judge Judson Shattuck, who I suppose couldn't think of a way to clear a total path for the alleged child molester, Louis Thibodeaux.
In the February 2004 Mistrial, I testified as to how my nephew P had revealed to me in August 2003 that his step-mother Kelly Thibodeaux had been reading to him ...
UNDERSTANDING THE BORDERLINE
Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense,
Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship
The purpose of Louis and Kelly Thibodeaux's campaign was to denigrate the boy's real mother, T. M. Thibodeaux; make the child believe that she is "crazy"- a word they admitted to using; and undermine the child's relationship with her. Court testimony revealed that Mr. Thibodeaux had full knowledge of the book and how it was being used. The Thibodeaux's, Louis and Kelly, are obviously twisted people. They shouldn't be trusted with custody. Judge Shattuck ignored the entire episode in his decision, devoting zero words to it. Reason number 84 the trial was a sham.
The step-mother was so successful in her reading of the "Borderline Mother" book that she had convinced young P that not only did his mother and aunt suffer a borderline personality disorder (neither do), but that he does too. This was revealed in both deposition and trial testimony by P's grade school therapist, Kira Kerstine. At present, P still believes that he has a serious mental disorder; and there are no plans to get him help. Judge Judson Shattuck Jr. has blocked the mother's request to take him to a therapist and his father, Dr. Thibodeaux, won't do it. The boy is trapped.
In an ironic twist, Dominic Mastruserio knows that it is his client who is actually guilty of the very thing that he had been accusing the mother - attempting to alienate the children.
Judge Shattuck's terse decision (it could have been written between his three way Skyline Chili and cheese coney) was appealed. The Appeals Court ruled in favor of Mr. Mastruserio's client, and so there will never be a trial on the merits. It should be noted that Mr. Mastruserio lied incessantly in his Brief and is presently under investigation.
In almost every trial that Judge Shattuck presides, he blows smoke up the ass of the attorneys. If you read Judge Shattuck's closing comments in almost every case, he says something close to the same damn thing - every damn time - how incredible the lawyers are - what a pleasure to have witnessed such brilliance - how lucky the litigants are to have been so magnificently represented. It's all bullshit designed to convince the party being screwed to accept the decision.
Judge Shattuck, in my opinion, knows that he is a liar and cheat. He is accepting of it from others such as Dominic Mastruserio. He takes a dim view of the legal profession.
In the Thibodeaux case, his obsequious comments were sprinkled with this revelation - that no lawyer is going to Heaven. See here from page 125 of the final day:
"They may see each other again sometime. It's not going to be in Heaven, because I don't know any lawyers that go to Heaven. But as it may, they may soon see one other again. They're professional and very good, very talented, and I'm very pleased the way this case was presented to me. It has made my job so much easier."
Judge Judson Shattuck 10/21/04
(Exhibit E, pages 151-152)
How's that for a vote of confidence in the judicial system? "I don't know any lawyers that go to Heaven." Are any of you folks lawyers? What Mr. Shattuck is really saying here is that he knows the judicial system is corrupt, him included. In regards to Mr. Shattuck - agreed.
This is not an isolated case of pro-abuser Shattuck Decisions. In the very same month in October 2004, in Licking County Ohio, Judge Judson Shattuck presided over another child custody trial. He treated the protective mother in the Lanfranc v. Lanfranc case exactly the same way as Mrs. Thibodeaux.
In Lanfranc, Judge Shattuck ignored Mrs. Lanfranc's pleas to protect her children from her abusive ex-husband. Mr. Lanfranc had been recently convicted of domestic violence against Mrs. Lanfranc, which obviously carried no weight with the unethical Judge Shattuck. According to court records, Mr. Lanfranc had ignored a restraining order and entered Mrs. Lanfranc's home and assaulted her. Putting aside Mrs. Lanfranc's physical pain, can anyone question the emotional trauma the beating visited upon the Lanfranc children? That Daddy beat up Mommy? Mrs. Lanfranc asked the court to protect her and the children. But Judge Shattuck instead awarded custody to her ex-husband and gave Mrs. Lanfranc the same scant visitation schedule (16%) as Mrs. Thibodeaux.
So October 2004 was a great month for pro-abuser Judge Judson Shattuck. He stuck it to two different mothers in two different counties in the same way in the same month. For a pro-abuser judge, it just doesn't get any better.
In the Lanfranc case, did Judge Shattuck also invoice the state of Ohio after the litigation ended? Or fabricate work? I think I know the answer, but I'll stick to the Thibodeaux case. I couldn't help but notice in Exhibit A the hour of "writing" on Lanfranc that Mr. Shattuck claimed to have done on 11/24/04. Wasn't that case already concluded? So what was he "writing" about? Interestingly, that entire sheet is filled with 30 straight hours of only "writing". John Grisham should be so inspired. Knowing that eight hours of Thibodeaux "writing" is a lie, I am suspicious of the rest. See here ...
See above all that "writing"? Think he did that? Did he only make up the 11/25 entry? Yeah, right. The entire page is probably fabricated.
In the Thibodeaux case, Judge Shattuck invoiced Ohio for 78 hours of work, or roughly $4,300. I can prove that 24 hours were fabricated. That's $1,300 or 31% fabrication. That's a felony. I cannot prove whether or not Mr. Shattuck was really doing "research" or "writing". I can only surmise that he wasn't. So I imagine that roughly 50% of all Mr. Shattuck's invoices are probably fabrications on some level. I am completely confident that if I must, that I can find blatant fabrications in nearly all of Mr. Shattuck's cases. A cheater like Mr. Shattuck doesn't do it in just one place.
When Ohio changed the Monthly Compensation Report form in August 2005 to a check box format for work performed, Shattuck's invoices shot through the roof. He made about as much money in the last six months of 2005 as he had the previous eighteen months. To make that kind of money, Mr. Shattuck would have had to work a full eight-hour day, almost every workday, for six months. I think we all know that he didn't do that. That he likely worked far less. After all, work less - earn more is Mr. Shattuck's modus operandi. The fabrications probably come fast and furious.
Litigants in Ohio courtrooms are entitled to ethical jurists who weigh the merits of a case. That's not happening with Judson Shattuck. A man who cheats the Supreme Court of Ohio will also cheat litigants in the courtroom. It defies credulity to assert otherwise. Nobody can ever rely upon anything that Judson Shattuck says, writes or decides. A cheating mentality is just that.
The Thibodeaux case alone should be all that you need to banish Mr. Shattuck from the courtroom. If it isn't, we'll all be doing this again. I'll hire professional accountants and investigators if I must. Don't feel sorry for Mr. Shattuck, he deserves the same level of consideration that he gave the Thibodeaux children - none. It is my personal belief that I have a moral and ethical obligation to future litigants, protective parents of abused children, to eliminate (figuratively) this scoundrel from Ohio courtrooms. You should consider your harshest discipline a "favor" to abused children.
Be comfortable with your decision because you will be known for it.