By: Diane Benjamin
One thing everyone must realize is the Cadena-Buck case is not about custody. It’s about protecting Mikey.
Mikey’s dad alleges the McLean County courts have not given the safety of Mikey a fair hearing. His mom went from being charged with 5 Class X felonies and endangering a child to probation and being declared a fit mother while still on probation. There are questions pertaining to the documents presented to the judge at the time to get that “fit mother” status. Her then boyfriend is in jail until next year for cooking meth in their house. Mikey was a traumatized battered little boy when his dad fled with him to Massachusetts, I’ve got the pictures and police reports. Mikey has been receiving therapy and counseling and tons of love from his dad and grandmother.
Today it looks to me like Judge Hill is writing her own law. The mom’s lawyer wanted Michael Cardena declared in direct criminal contempt. Her side presented court cases justifying the action, his side rebuked those cases. Judge Hill stated she had done research on her own and couldn’t find a case where anyone was found in criminal direct contempt for just not showing up in court.
Maybe Judge Hill should read this article: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/may_judges_search_the_internet_for_facts_aba_ethics_opinion_sees_ethics_pro
Quote: In an adversarial system, judges should not combine the role of advocate, witness and judge.
Today Judge Hill set another court date for August 8th and if Michael Cardena doesn’t appear (which he won’t), then she is going to find him in criminal direct contempt. She thinks she can then issue an arrest order.
Meanwhile, the Appellate Court in Massachusetts now has the case, Judge Hill knows that. This is turning into an epic battle over a four-year old boy who deserves to be safe. His mom has a long history. You can look it up yourself here: https://webapp.mcleancountyil.gov/webapps/PublicAccess/PubAC_SearchCriminal.aspx
Last name: Buck
First name: Amber