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Michigan Judge Threatens Teen Girl: “Do You Like Going to The Bathroom In Front of People?” and Throws Them in Jail For Not Having Lunch With Their Father

July 10, 2015

At what point should Michigan judge, Lisa Gorcyca be removed from office? When she threatens teen girls with sexual threats like,

Do you like going to the bathroom in front of people?” she asked the girl, threatening to send her to detention for her birthday.”?

When she belittles children’s intelligence in the court room, as a matter of public record?

“You’re supposed to have a high IQ, which I’m doubting right now,” Gorcyca told the boy, according to the transcript. “You have no manners.”

What about when she jails three children for refusing to have lunch with their father and threatens to leave them there?

Gorcyca sentenced all three children to a youth shelter. The shelter holds three dozen people, said George Miller, director of the Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the center.

The judge banned the mother from visiting and ordered that the siblings be “kept away from each other as much as possible.” Gorcyca set a review of the punishment for Sept. 8, but said the father may request an earlier hearing if the children start getting along with him.

“When you can follow the court’s direct order and have a normal, healthy relationship with your father, I would review this,” Gorcyca said. “It might be three years. It might [not] be till you’re 18.”

“Judge” Lisa Gorcyca wins the Asshole of the Week Award. Is she allowed to do this? No, but will anyone in Michigan step in? Not so far.

Outrage appears to be growing as news of the punishment spreads. A small group protested in front of the courthouse Wednesday afternoon. Petitions calling for the judge’s firing and for therelease of the children  had more than 2,000 signatures Thursday afternoon.

Kristen Staley, associate director of youth justice policy at the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, said she believed the judge acted within her authority. But she said she had concerns about placing non-offenders in a detention center set up for delinquents.


Here is the thing, not even criminals can be incarcerated without a bail hearing, so why are kids who don’t want to see their dad being thrown in jail with the judge saying she will toss the key?

A friend of the children’s father said that this has happened after five years in court, as if that is any excuse to violate children’s Constitutional rights.

“This is not a case of, ‘These kids would not have a meal with their father so they were sent away,’” Torossian said. “That’s ignoring five years in court. … There’s been a lot of inappropriate conduct by the mother throughout the years.”

Notice who is blamed, but notice who is jailed. The mother is blamed, but the kids are thrown in jail? Notice the friend says that they kids were “sent away,” ignoring that nasty jail bit?

Here is some of the transcript from the Detroit Tribune. The boy apologized to the judge.

“But I do not apologize for — for not talking to him because I have a reason for that and that’s because he’s violent and he — I saw him hit my mom and I’m not gonna talk to him,” the boy said, later telling the judge, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“No, you did,” Gorcyca replied. “You — I ordered you to talk to your father. You chose not to talk to your father. You defied a direct court order. It’s direct contempt, so I am finding you guilty of civil contempt.”

Regardless of what the child did or didn’t do, the judge’s actions of throwing them into a juvenile detention center as a remedy speak to her inability to cope with the case. When the only remedy is  juvenile detention center for a 10-year old, what capacity does the judge have to arbitrate the case effectively, espceialy when she compares the children to Charles Manson? No one thinks this judge’s objectivity has been compromised?

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