11-09-2006, 02:30 AM #1Former Member
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FL - Judge Accused Of Abuse Continues Presiding Over Cases
I'm so glad that another judge has stepped forward to see that Judge Hauser's estranged wife will be protected.
POSTED: 5:59 pm EST November 8, 2006
UPDATED: 6:09 pm EST November 8, 2006
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A judge who was trusted to protect the most vulnerable families had a restraining order taken out against him and has been accused of making violent threats and more.
READ: Statement From Judge Hauser On Allegations
Despite the order, Orange County Judge James Hauser is still presiding over cases. On top of that, Eyewitness News found out he refused to grant a restraining order, last year, for a woman who claimed her husband was abusing her.
In court records, Judge Hauser's estranged wife said she's had to call Maitland police twice for help, but never spoke up about abuse because of the judge's position in the community.
he two are not living together, but documents describe fireworks, and worse, whenever the two meet to exchange their three children for visitation.
Judge Hauser is one of family court's most prominent faces, but now another Orange County judge has found reason to protect Hauser's wife with a restraining order, citing abuse or potential abuse at the hands of the long-time judge.
In a petition to the court, Patti Hauser claims Judge Hauser has become increasingly aggressive, harassing and threaten her, telling her "she would die" and "he would kill her in court." The petition describes an alleged groping incident that rose to the level of sexual assault.
Most recently, Hauser is accused of chasing his wife across a parking lot and throwing garbage into her car.
Orange County mom Heather Vann has appeared in front of Judge Hauser before, trying to protect her son and herself from her ex-husband after an alleged choking incident led to surgery. She said Hauser refused to enforce a restraining order in her case. She was not surprised at the domestic violence allegations.
"Because of the way I was treated in court. My son has visible injuries from his father and there is no doubt that Judge Hauser was not concerned, did not care at all," Vann said.
11-09-2006, 10:31 AM #2
Another judge who needs to just step down.
11-10-2006, 12:13 AM #3Registered User
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"...needs to step down."
Or be dragged down, which ever comes first. Get him out of that job, as he is not fit for it.
11-10-2006, 12:25 AM #4
I like your suggestion Opie.
05-01-2010, 03:15 PM #5
Orange circuit judge's conduct under scrutiny
But in recent months, his own life has resembled a courtroom drama. And some lawyers have wondered whether Hauser's marital problems have affected his judgment on the bench.
He separated from his second wife in June and filed for divorce in September. In November, she filed a domestic-violence complaint -- that was subsequently dropped -- saying she feared his threatening behavior. Then a Barry University law student accused the judge, who was helping to teach a class there, of sexual misconduct at her apartment in early 2006.
Sources say Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission, an independent panel that investigates and disciplines judges, is looking into those events. The scope of the inquiry is not known and judges, attorneys and even Hauser will not confirm or deny it exists. By law, the investigations are secret unless the panel decides the judge's conduct warrants formal charges.
Meanwhile, the 58-year-old judge has been on an indefinite paid administrative leave from his $145,080-a-year post since mid-November -- to deal, he said, with the divorce and spend more time with his three sons. The leave came just days after the Barry allegation was relayed to Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry by a third party.
Still, the 2007 judicial roster made up last month by Perry has one name conspicuously missing: Hauser.
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