First of all, the judge allowed himself to yell at me quite loudly (have a court recording to prove it), simply for making legal arguments, cut me off constantly, would not allow me to make appropriate arguments.
Here are the quotes from Judge Revoir from that day:
"Sit down, I am not going to argue that nonsense any longer".
My so-called "nonsense" (not to mention that it was HIGHLY disrespectful for Judge Revoir to speak to an attorney this way to begin with, especially to yell), was as follows:
1) mother and father had TWO court orders mandating parents to cover their own transportation costs for visitation of the child;
2) it was the father who relocated first to one state after the mother got joint legal custody back from an appellate court, and then to North Carolina, when a court of another state gave the mother a temporary visitation; thus it was the father who should have born the costs of transportation, but the court split it evenly;
3) the mother was indigent and it was proven in court many times, and the mother had assigned counsel in many courts, which is only given to indigent parents;
4) TWO court orders, out of another state and, most recently, out of the state of New York, mandated the parents to cover their own transportation costs;
5) there was NO court order requiring the mother to deliver the child halfway to the father so that the father could save on his transportation costs;
6) the father simply bought tickets to an airport IN ANOTHER STATE, and required the indigent mother to travel 4 HOURS ROUNDTRIP, AT HER OWN EXPENSE, to that other state. The mother ignored those claims because they were not in the court order.
1) did not take jurisdiction because he said jurisdiction belongs in another state;
2) did not find the mother in violation of a court order and did not give her an evidentiary hearing for such a violation, but
3) still said that the mother was somehow "supposed" to make that 4-hour roundtrip to deliver the child to the father in antoher state, CONTRARY TO TWO COURT ORDERS that Judge Revoir ADMITTED HE LACKED AUTHORITY TO MODIFY,
and called my legal constitutional arguments about the above, supported by the text of the judicial decisions from two courts:
Judge Revoir did not allow me to speak, even when I politely asked to speak and put my arguments on the record, one time he said simply "no", the other time he allowed me to speak "briefly", but immediately as I started to speak, Judge Revoir started to interrupt me, run over me, cut me off at every word, yell at me, and finally told me that it is not the Supreme Court there, where I would think that I could make legal arguments in the alternative, in Family Court he calls it lying.
Family Court in New York is a court of LIMITED JURISDICTION.
Here is what a Family Court in New York has NO AUTHORITY to do:
1) conduct criminal proceedings;
2) provide equitable relief;
3) decide issues of constitutionality of statutes or regulations;
4) accept "motions" in lieu of petitions;
5) rule on credibility of one party contrary to the other without an EVIDENTIARY hearing.
The only function of the Family Court is to decide issues pertaining to family affairs:
1) child neglect and abuse proceedings;
2) child and spousal support;
3) child custody and visitation;
5) family offense proceedings
Yet, ALL of those issues must be decided within the boundaries of
1) The Family Court Act and
2) State and Federal Constitutions
Thus, legal arguments are a MUST in Family Court.
Making alternative legal arguments is NEVER something wrong or punishable.
A LEGAL argument is not a FACTUAL statement.
That's why, a legal argument CANNOT POSSIBLY be considered lying.
When an attorney is accused of lying to the court, the attorney is impliedly threatened with sanctions and told to shut up.
When an attorney shuts up, he or she does not preserve certain issues for the record, and waives such issues for purposes of future appeal.
Thus, to intimidate an attorney for making "too many" legal arguments by accusations of "lying" to the court is to deprive a party of:
(1) effective representation of counsel,
(2) fair and impartial court,
(3) access to court,
(4) right to appeal
Where, like in Family Court, what is at stake is the FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT of a parent for care and custody of his or her child, such behavior of a judge is simply intolerable.
What Judge Revoir said is reflected in the record of those proceedings.
I referred Judge Revoir for his misconduct to the New York State Commission for Judicial Conduct, which refused to even investigate him.
So, what Judge Revoir did - calling a constitutional argument "lying to the court", is acceptable from the point of view of New York Judicial Conduct Commission.
Yet, if there is no room to "alternative" legal argument in the judge's court, and the judge calls legal arguments "lying", there is a real issue about competency of that judge and his fitness for the bench.
If the judge has NO JURISDICTION TO MODIFY the order of custody or visitation, his only authority is to tell BOTH parents - get out of here, file your petitions in an appropriate court, I cannot do anything for you.
Yet, that's not what Judge Revoir did.
Judge Revoir said: "I have NO JURISDICTION to review MOTHER's petition to modify custody", key words being "I have no jurisdiction".
Now, if the court dismisses mother's petition for lack of jurisdiction, the court dismisses ALL RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS with that dismissed petition. And judge Revoir did dismiss the mother's petition for lack of jurisdiction.
Yet, that's now that's not what Judge Revoir did - and, remember, he did not want to hear "that nonsense" from me "about which airport". And the "nonsense" was not so much about "which airport", but about compliance with the text of two court orders that Judge Revoir stated HE HAS NO JURISDICTION TO MODIFY - well, at least for the mother.
By the way, motions in New York courts, including in Family Court, are governed by Civil Practice Law and Rules. A motion on notice may only be heard if it was served by regular mail at least 13 days in advance of the hearing. The COPY of an affidavit of service FAXED by the father to the Family Court stated that the motion on notice was sent 4 DAYS in advance of the hearing, so the court, under any circumstances, COULD NOT HEAR that motion.
Especially the court could not hear that motion because the mother, nor her counsel DID NOT HAVE THAT MOTION and there was insufficient time, even if they did receive it in the middle of the court proceeding, to respond to 100 pages of that motion where the judge refused to give mother's attorney ANY - ANY - time to review those 100 pages before he ruled on them.
If the judge said he has NO JURISDICTION to modify the order of custody and visitation, and the existing order of custody and visitation says that the parents must bear their own costs of transportation for visitation, and the mother already has borne her half, the other half, from door to door, must be borne fully by the father.
If the father CHOSE to buy tickets TO THE WRONG AIRPORT and texted mother about it, the mother, pursuant to the TWO EXISTING COURT ORDERS, had NO LEGAL OBLIGATION to go into expenses and deliver the child wherever father wanted it, because such a "requirement" by the father would be A MODIFICATION OF THE COURT ORDER, which the father should have first obtained from a court.
Yet - it was not Supreme Court, and Judge Revoir did not want to hear those LEGAL ARGUMENTS, instead calling them LYING, and I DO TAKE OFFENSE ABOUT IT, because it is an accusation not only against my client, but also against me, that my ALTERNATIVE LEGAL ARGUMENTS are somehow LYING TO THE COURT - which is, with due respect, nonsense and incompetence on behalf of a judge.
The bottom line:
What is good for the goose, is good for the gander. What is not good for the goose, is not good for the gander.
If the court did not have jurisdiction to modify custody and visitation order for the mother, the court did not have jurisdiction to modify custody and visitation order for the father, and that's exactly what Judge Revoir did, without any petition from the father pending, on a "motion" which was not properly served, without any time given to the mother for rebuttal of that 100-page motion, and with a threat that - if the indigent mother does not deliver the child to the father to far-away state, necessitating a plane or a very long drive, both expensive endeavors, and on the eve of a holiday weekend where tickets, especially last-minute tickets, are extremely expensive - the mother will (1) go to jail; (2) the judge will consider sanctions for frivolous conduct against the mother.
Once again - the judge DID NOT HAVE JURISDICTION to hear the mother's case, but somehow the father DOES HAVE JURISDICTION to change the same court order for the benefit of the father - and to threaten mother with jail - and to threaten her with sanctions for frivolous conduct.
And - if we are talking about equitable principles of "fairness",
(1) it is not fair to allow the father NOT to comply with the court order requiring him to cover FULLY transportation costs for the child one way, and not only partially, as he did by ALLEGEDLY flying to the neighboring state's airport and demanding that the child be delivered to him;
(2) is not fair to allow the father to save money at the expense of an indigent mother; and
(3) the Family Court has NO JURISDICTION to decide issues of "equity", instead the Family Court MUST STICK TO THE LANGUAGE OF THE COURT ORDER - and there was NOTHING in that court order directing the mother, after she fulfilled her duty in covering transportation costs for the child one way, to cover any transportation costs for the child the other way.
My question then - if Judge Revoir does not recognize LEGAL ARGUMENTS in a court of limited jurisdiction that can only be governed BY LEGAL ARGUMENTS, and never by arguments regarding equity, and if Judge Revoir refused to consider any "best interests of the child" or talk to the child, instead denying the mother credibility simply because of the timing of her petition - what exactly is governing Judge Revoir's decisions?
If it is not the law, not legal arguments, not the contents of the court orders - then what?
Now, why did I invoke the events of 3 years past?
By the way, Judge Revoir recused from that case, but both the mother, and her mother, were criminally prosecuted, and both prosecutions failed - by a jury acquittal in one case and a dismissal of felony charges in the other.
Because Judge Revoir considers constitutional argument made not in Supreme Court lying to the court.
And Judge Revoir is now presiding over a first degree murder trial in the alleged murder of an 11-year-old girl, Jacelyn D. O'Connor.
The judge is all about image and publicity, while his real image, is this:
And, criminal proceedings, especially felony proceedings, are heavily based on constitutional law. The law that Judge Revoir does not know and which it despises and punishes people for invoking it.
Judge Dowd's law clerks have exceptional ethics.
For example, Frank Revoir's successor in that honorable position, Claudette Newman (herself a judge of a local justice court) recently hid a long string of Facebook friends and made her profile private, as soon as she was caught having attorneys appearing in front of her (and to whom "her" judge gave money-bearing assignments) and court reporters reporting at "her" judge's cases, are the law clerk's Facebook friends.
As I said, Judge Dowd was an excellent mentor to Newman, and to Revoir.
As to having a brother-in-law of a judge who presides over criminal matters and whose former clerk, now a judge, also presides over criminal matters - it is all a big happy family in Chenango court system.
After all, his defense attorney apparently owes his position of a public defender with a stable salary and benefits, to his judge-brother-in-law and it is unlikely that he will jeopardize his cushy position for a mere client who is facing life in prison.