BERLIN ATTORNEY RICH ROCHLIN ACTS AS APOLOGIST FOR JUDGE PINKUS STATING AS FOLLOWS:
"The tragic death of an infant, apparently thrown by his father, Tony Moreno, from the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown on Sunday put new focus on the family court system — particularly Judge Barry C. Pinkus' June 29 ruling to deny the permanent restraining order application of Adrianne Oyola, the mother of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno, who was found in the Connecticut River in East Haddam on Tuesday.
As a lawyer who regularly practices in the family system, I have appeared before Judge Pinkus many times. He is fair, professional and thoughtful. He "tells it like it is" and the system would benefit from more jurists like him. Each day, Judge Pinkus (and other family court jurists) must make some of the most difficult decisions required of any judge. People's lives can be and are often changed forever based on their decisions regarding a restraining order, custody and financial support.
Although the public has been quick to condemn Judge Pinkus for his ruling both on social media and in comments to articles in this paper's online editions, people should resist the urge to blame him and do a more thorough analysis of the exceedingly difficult job these jurists have when they are forced to make these decisions..."
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