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Woman convicted of bribing judge in child custody case

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 18, 2012 in Child Custody

Parents in Connecticut will likely do almost anything to protect their children. They want to make sure their child is safe and happy, and many believe that the only way that can happen is if the child stays with them. However, when parents get divorced, most of them will need to agree to split up child custody so that a kid can have the benefit of sharing a relationship with both parents.

Some parents will go to extreme measures to try and retain custody rights, though. In some cases, they will cross legal boundaries that can get them into serious trouble. It's important to realize that there are legal avenues that can be pursued in order to achieve beneficial arrangements.

One woman recently took it upon herself to try and secure custody of a child by bribing a judge. The judge was running for public office and the woman allegedly funneled approximately $150,000 into the judge's campaign in an attempt to persuade the judge to assign a new judge in her husband's child custody case.

The woman at the center of all this married a man who has a child with his ex-wife. The child who was going to be affected by all this is not her biological child, but her stepchild.

Not only were her actions misguided, but they were illegal. She was recently convicted with engaging in organized crime, bribery and money laundering. The penalties for this behavior included 30 days in jail, a $10,000 fine and 10 years of probation. The judge, who accepted the bribes, was convicted of the crime, resigned from her job and was given 10 years of probation.

This woman's behavior is highly unlawful, and it is unknown why she chose to pursue such a destructive path in the child custody case. Instead of taking matters into her own hands, she and her husband could have consulted with an experienced attorney who could have provided alternative, and legal, solutions to the dispute. Whether there was any reason to have the judge in their case is unknown. What is known is the woman's actions will likely have a negative effect on any future custody hearings.

Source: Sacramento Bee, "Dallas-area woman gets 30 days for bribing judge," Oct. 12, 2012