Thursday, July 20, 2006

It Wasn't the Court Order She Sought

The LA Times reports:
A substitute judge hearing the case of an illegal immigrant seeking a restraining order against her husband threatened to turn her over to immigration officials if she didn't leave his courtroom.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Bruce R. Fink told Aurora Gonzalez during last week's hearing that he was going to count to 20 and that if she was still in his courtroom when he finished, he would have her arrested and deported to Mexico. ...

In her initial court petition, Gonzalez alleged that Francisco Salgado, 51, her husband of six years, was "verbally and emotionally abusive" to her and their two young boys. Gonzalez, who moved into a domestic violence shelter last month, accused Salgado of referring to her with a derogatory term and threatening to call immigration authorities.
This is really crazy. She is an illegal alien from Mexico. She has a husband who is trying to get her a green card. She goes running to a judge to try to punish her husband for name-calling. The judge is actually helping her to violate the law. There are so many things wrong here, I don't know where to start.

Update: For this, Judge Fink has been fired:
Judge Pro Tem Bruce R. Fink was removed this week from the list of 1,200 lawyers used as voluntary substitute judges by the county, said Allan Parachini, spokesman for the court. The decision was made by a committee that oversees the program, he said.

At the same time, Aurora Gonzalez, the woman at the center of the controversy, resubmitted her request for a temporary restraining order and was granted one, Parachini said.
I guess illegal aliens sometimes have more rights than Americans.

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