Well the credits of Judge Bivona keep rolling on.
If only someone had thought to re-open the records of this man after this ruling to see how many other children were placed in dangerous situations due to this particular Judge NOT following New York State Law.
A seven year old might still be alive today.
It appears that just as he did seven years previously with Jerica Rhodes, Judge Bivona handed custody of a child over to a man found guilty of domestic abuse. Granted this time it was a teenager, who it was probably already too late to have much impact on, as her mother should have left years earlier…
Of course, Judge Bivona and his ilk are probably a large part of the reason this mother did NOT leave earlier, as she was probably held hostage in the relationship by threats of losing custody through a biased Judge, if she did leave.
"Panel Upsets Father’s Custody over Domestic Violence Issues
November 8, 2002
Byline: By Cerisse Anderson
Issuing a strong warning that judges must weigh the effect of domestic violence on children even when they are not the targets of violence, an appellate court has reversed an order granting a father custody of his teenage daughter.
The Appellate Division, Second Department, on Monday unanimously rejected as “sorely inadequate” Family Court Judge Andrew P. Bivona’s consideration of the father’s domestic violence history before awarding him custody of the now-16-year-old daughter two years ago."
Of course, this is a moot issue for the most part, as a 16 year old in our state is allowed to decide where to live, so this ruling changes nothing for the individuals involved. It just shows us what we already know: that the records of this particular Judge need to be re-opened and reviewed to see if other children (younger then this one obviously) who have no voice, are in dangerous situations due to him flouting the laws of New York State, which by the way are a reflection of the will of the people of New York State.
“Justice Sondra Miller, writing for the four-judge panel, noted that EXCEPT FOR THE ABUSE OF HIS WIFE, DAVID WISSINK APPEARED TO BE A ‘TRULY MODEL PARENT”…”
Clearly when we are dealing with this level of contradiction at the appellate division, it’s no wonder our lower court Judges are confused or feel they can get away with off-beat interpretations, as guidance needs to come from above. AND just for the record, in case there are those who do NOT understand YOU can NOT beat up your wife for years and then be considered a model parent…you just can’t. Whether or NOT the community or his daughter knew about it makes no difference.
The fact that neither might have known about it does NOT show me a model father, citizen or person but rather shows me a man who is very devious in nature and probably has done many other things that we don’t as yet know about. It doesn’t make him a model anything, but particularly sneaky, that’s all.
This comes back to another issue which I think women in their role as mothers needs to face, as much as we would like to avoid it. That issue is the total and utter uselessness of many of the professional women now functioning as Judges that we, other women, assisted to get into positions of power. These professionals, many of them officers of the court, have shown themselves to be weak sisters during this crisis mothers and their children have had thrust upon us and sadly, have been of little or no use throughout it.
Actually if we are going to be totally honest, female Judges appear to have morphed into bigger and more useless idiots then the patriarchs that we put them in to replace.
Thus they must be removed from these positions of power they currently occupy, so that the rest of them get the message, that just like very other interest group, women do not expect to put people into power and then get spit on by those very same people.
The only question is how to go about it discreetly enough so as to not discredit the entire women’movement…but there is no question in my mind that go, they must…