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Thursday, January 28, 2016
For those of you who took the time to send in letters to the Judicial Selection Commission regarding specific judges who are currently under consideration for reappointment, I am happy to post your letters on the Divorce in Connecticut website. Just send a copy of your letter as an attachment to the following email: Slopercathy@gmail.com.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Here is an example of the kind of letter you can write! By Elizabeth A. Richter
January 22, 2016
January 22, 2016
Judicial Selection Commission
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Re: Hon. Judge Holly Abery-Wetstone
It is my understanding that the Hon. Judge Holly A. Abery-Wetstone is coming under consideration for reappointment in February 2016.
In regard to the Hon. Judge Holly A. Abery-Wetstone, in my case she violated Canon 1 of the Code of Judicial Conduct which states, “A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.” in the following manner.
On September 14, 2011, I stood before the Hon. Judge Holly A. Abery-Wetstone in family court when she was assigned to my case to hear my Complaint and Request for Injunctive Relief dated July 25, 2011.
At the beginning of the hearing, I pointed out to Hon. Judge Abery-Wetstone that she had represented the Defendant previously and in that regard had played a central role in writing the Parties prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage. I requested that she step down from hearing the motion in my case because her prior representation of my ex-husband would create an appearance of impropriety. Nonetheless, the Hon. Judge Abery-Wetstone refused to honor my request and said she could not recall representing my ex-husband. I do have documentary evidence to the effect that she did represent my ex-husband, and whether the Hon. Judge Abery-Wetstone recalled that fact or not, there was evidence to the effect that she had, and this meant that her decision to continue to hear the case represented an act of impropriety.
I believe that a judge who does not recognize the importance of upholding and promoting “the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary” at all times has no business acting in the role of judge. Therefore, I request that this Commission deny the Hon. Holly A. Abery-Wetstone a reappointment.
Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter.
Elizabeth A. Richter
P.O. Box 5
Canton, CT 06019