What others have said…
“Judge Lori Christian is an absolute FOOL. She abuses her power as a judge to wield her irrational and emotional decision-making on all of her victims who enter her court room. This little midget swears she is Judge Judy and the cameras are rolling. She ignores facts and relies almost completely on emotion. She actually yells at people in her court room. This woman needs a new line of work.”
“Lawyers are not going into court to litigate your matter enthusiastically, especially not in front of Judge Christian. They will gladly take your money and show-up. Sadly, that’s about all that is required of them.”
“I personally have been at the wrong end of Judge Christian’s wrath in addition to witnessing others rights being deprived by her from the bench. In my opinion, her actions constitute conduct inappropriate to her judicial office…If the public, along with yourself were to file complaint(‘s) with the Judicial Standards Commission, maybe Judge Christian’s behavior and actions from the bench might change… Just a thought.”
“Why she hates men? This story is not hearsay, but comes from first hand personal knowledge. One Christmas holiday season, a long, long, long time ago, a much younger Lori G. Christian was pregnant and was asked by her husband what she would like for Christmas? To which she relied, “Nothing”. So the husband at that time got her just that, nothing… You can imagine for yourself what hell hath wrought on that poor soul (the husband)? I think she’s been taking it out on that poor man and any of us lesser mortals that come before her ever since.”
Personally I have written two complaints to the Judicial Standards commission about the unlawful acts committed against me and my family by this Kangaroo Court Judge. I also have a Federal Lawsuit (see below) in the works which includes her and 31 other defendants at the moment. Ron Reale, Indignant Father
Click the following link to read the two complaints…
|Name||Judge Lori G. Christian|
|Address||PO Box 351|
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BUILDING THE CASE…
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE LORI CHRISTIAN, TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Defendant Judge Lori Christian, District Court Judge being hereby named in both her individual and official capacities, is an individual and a resident of this jurisdictional district, is a District Court Judge in the Tenth Judicial District, Wake County in the State of North Carolina and was at all times material, pertinent and relevant hereto. Current mailing address is; c/o Jennifer Gaff, PO Box 351, Raleigh, NC 27602. The Defendant was in fact, acting under the authority or color of state law at the time these claims occurred in that while in her official capacity as the District Court Judge in case numbers 10CVD7386 and 10CVD5477 her execution of, The Tenth Judicial District Family Court Rules for Domestic Court’s “customs” and/or “policies” were the moving force behind her unconstitutional acts, and that personally, her individual unconstitutional acts violated the clearly established constitutional rights of the Plaintiffs of which a reasonable official would have known, Davis v. Scherer (1984). Her judicial immunity is defeated when, “though judicial in nature,” her acts are “taken in complete absence of jurisdiction,” Mireles v. Waco (1991). Judge Christian’s acts also raise the questions as to criminal acts under 18 U.S.C.A § 242, for willful deprivation of constitutional rights. In addition, she did act under the authority or color of state law when she acted in concert with local officials, including but not limited to, WCHS social workers, their supervisors and others, causing harm to the Plaintiffs in effecting the deprivation of rights, Dennis v. Sparks (1980).
On May 3rd my wife and I appeared in courtroom 8B before Judge Lori Christian at 9:00am as ordered pursuant to Docket Number 10CVD5477. In 10CVD5477 I was the plaintiff in my Motion for Emergency Custody that was originally filed with the Clerk of the Court on March 29, 2010. On March 29, 2010 at 9:00am in 10CVD5477 an Ex Parte Emergency Custody Order was issued by Judge Christian stating in part, that I shall have temporary custody of my 7 minor children. On April 5, 2010 at 9:00am an amended Ex Parte Emergency Custody Order was issued stating in part, that I shall have immediate sole temporary physical and legal custody of my 7 minor children and my wife must immediately surrender our minor children to me.
My motion for custody in 10CVD5477 stated in part that my wife had left the state of North Carolina with our 7 minor children on March 8, 2010 due to marital differences without notifying me to avoid jurisdiction. She took herself and our 7 minor children to the state of California. While in California, She obtained a Temporary Restraining Order, docket CASWD020638, preventing me from executing my North Carolina Emergency Custody Order. Without the proper jurisdiction a California Commissioner issued a Temporary Restraining Order. I, my wife, and each of our 7 minor children are all residents of Wake County, North Carolina. My wife was ultimately ordered by Judge Lori Christian to return to North Carolina with our 7 minor children during a telephone hearing that took place between California and North Carolina on April 15, 2010; and to appear before her on May 3, 2010 at 9:00am for a temporary custody hearing. The California case was dismissed as Void due to lack of jurisdiction.
Counts 1 through 8 alleged against Judge Christian defeat Judicial immunity in that Judge Christian’s acts “though judicial in nature,” were “taken in complete absence of jurisdiction,” Mireles v. Waco (991). The court lacked subject matter jurisdiction and subsequently lacked personal jurisdiction to enter any order against me. The DVPO was ultimately set aside as Void on March 29, 2011 (11 months later). Judge Christian’s acts also raise the questions as to criminal acts under 18 U.S.C.A § 242, for WILLFUL DEPRIVATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
COUNT I; VIOLATION OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process
On May 3, 2010 in 10CVD5477, Judge Lori Christian issued a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) against me in a manner inconsistent with Due Process while violating several others of my civil rights on multiple occasions, assigning a new Docket Number, 10CVD7386. My wife Debra did not file a motion or any other request of any kind for a DVPO pursuant to N.C.G.S §50B-2 while in the state of North Carolina either before her departure on March 8, 2010 or after her return on May 1, 2010 up to and including her appearance on May 3, 2010 in courtroom 8B.
COUNT II; VIOLATION OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process
At the start of the hearing the judge made the following statement; “So, I think it is appropriate for this to be both a hearing related to the domestic violence issue, because I’ve still got that ex-parte domestic violence issue out there from California, as well as I have to resolve the custody issue as it relates to Wake County. Okay?” Once again, the California issue (TRO) had been dismissed as Void due to lack of jurisdiction, in fact “full faith and credit” did not even apply as Title 18 U.S.C. § 2265(a) specifically states that full faith and credit may only be extended if such court has jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter under the law of the issuing state. Neither does a court in the state of North Carolina or any other state have the right or the jurisdiction to make another state’s temporary order permanent. I responded to the Judge’s statements regarding the alleged domestic violence by stating; “I do not intend to make myself heard on the protective order.” Soon after Judge Christian asked; “Okay, are you conceding that there should be a domestic violence order against you?” I then responded; “No, I am not conceding to that. I am not going to be heard on that.”
COUNT III; VIOLATION OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process
Furthermore, due process was additionally ignored with regard to Judge Christian holding the hearing on both the “alleged domestic violence” and the “custody issue,” especially without a request by my wife, the alleged victim, or for that matter in the absence of any documentation on the matter whatsoever; as this is a violation of the Tenth Judicial District Family Court Rules for Domestic Court which addresses that by combining the chapter 50 action with the chapter 50B action, Judge Christian violated Rule 18.4 as follows: “When an action has been filed under Chapter 50 and a subsequent action is filed under Chapter 50B, the FCCC must add the hearing to the assigned Judge’s calendar to be heard within a reasonable time. The only issues to be heard shall be those raised in the Chapter 50B action.” A Chapter 50B did not exist and the Chapter 50 was never addressed. A very perplexing series of events!
COUNT IV; VIOLATIONS OF THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT – Cruel and Unusual Punishment AND THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process Clause
Judge Christian also acted improperly during the temporary custody hearing whereby I was unlawfully detained in handcuffs by order of the court and escorted to Bank of America by two deputies in handcuffs, and was kept in handcuffs at the bank as I withdrew nearly every penny from my personal bank account leaving $1.00 as a balance (also by order of the court). This, after I just presented the court with a voluntary child support agreement in the amount of $1,408 per month plus an additional $400 for my wife’s truck payment and insurance totaling $1,808. I was ordered to withdraw ALL but $1.00 from my personal bank account and surrender it to the court by threat of 30 days in jail. Evidenced by the transcript from the hearing Judge Christian stated the following; “You sit there, Mr. Reale, I will get somebody to escort you down. If you don’t withdraw everything other than $1.00 from that account, I’m going to hold you in criminal contempt and I’m going to put you in jail. Okay? And you are going to request in front of the deputy a balance on that account, and every penny that’s in there, you’re going to take out. And you can make the decision today whether you want to go to jail for 30 days, or you want to give her that money? And if it needs to be in handcuffs,… Mr. Reale, it will be in handcuffs, to get as much money as he has in his account.” There was no child support order in place at this time nor was there any appropriate reason to order this seizing of funds from my own personal account. This was ordered without cause and without provocation. In fact the entire hearing/proceeding was in violation of Due Process on many levels and should be generally considered improper, even unlawful and produced Void, unenforceable orders. In fact based on the lack of jurisdiction and “under the color of law,” the Judge’s actions clearly have risen to the level of criminal under Title 18 U.S.C.A § 242, for willful deprivation of Constitutional Rights.
COUNT V; VIOLATIONS OF THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT – Cruel and Unusual Punishment AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process Clause
Once again, acting improperly and unlawfully, after the trip to the bank Judge Christian ordered that I was to be held in handcuffs and later in a detention cell until 5pm, again without cause and without provocation. Judge Christian stated; “You’ve stipulated that you don’t care where these children are.” I quickly responded; “I do care where they are. I’m not going to contest where they go. I do want to communicate with the children if I could. All I am saying is that I do want contact with the children, if nothing else, by phone. But where she lives and what she needs to have the space that she needs to figure out what she really wants to do is what I am trying to offer.” The Judge then stated; “Mr. Reale, I suggest you be quiet before I lock you up and hold you in contempt for lying to this court. Okay, I’m ordering him to stay in this courtroom, Mr. Deputy. He can sit right up in this seat up here until five o’clock.” I was moved from the courtroom at 12:00 noon to a holding cell in the basement of the courthouse until 5pm. There was no contempt order or any other supporting documentation. I requested a copy of any documentation as to the reason for my detention. I was later given a document titled, “Conditions of Release and Release Order”. The following was hand written under offenses simply stated; “defendant in custody until 5pm on 5/3/2010” and was signed by Judge Christian. There was no reason noted, in fact, no other writing whatsoever other than the judge’s signature and date. I was not provided any food, water and was without my diabetes medication during this incarceration.
COUNT VI; VIOLATION THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause
As evidenced in the transcript of these proceedings Judge Christian never inquired as to service of process on either party, either as to 10CVD5477 or the newly created 10CVD7386. Judge Christian never even allowed me to present my original motion (the original purpose of the hearing). My wife never filed a response to the original motion. It was simply never discussed. As a result, the hearing and any evidence presented was one-sided to say the least. My wife did not even testify nor did she question any witnesses. As evidenced by the transcript, the judge asked all the questions, effectively acting on her behalf (as her attorney). At the start of the hearing the Judge made it clear that social services would be called to testify stating; “And I’ll tell you right off the bat, I need to hear from social services, okay?” (Judges calling their own witnesses???)
It should also be noted that prior to her current appointment Judge Christian was a County Attorney for Wake County Human Services (CPS) and seemed very much to be making her decisions from bias. Judges must maintain a high standard of judicial performance with particular emphasis upon conducting litigation with scrupulous fairness and impartiality. 28 USCA § 2411; Pfizer v. Lord, 456 F.2d 532; cert denied 92 S Ct 2411; US Ct App MN, (1972). State Judges, as well as federal, have the responsibility to respect and protect persons from violations of federal constitutional rights. Gross v. State of Illinois, 312 F 2d 257; (1963)
All allegations cited herein pertaining to the actions of Judge Lori Christian and others can be corroborated by the court record and transcript from the hearing held on May 3, 2010 in courtroom 8B, Docket numbers 10CVD5477 and 10CVD7386.
I have lost all faith and trust in the court system, not to mention that I believes there is NO possibility of being treated fairly, much less impartially in any court after this experience. I walked into her courtroom with an order for emergency custody of my kids in my possession, and I walked out only after being unlawfully escorted to Bank of America to drain my personal bank account, unlawfully detained from 12pm to 5pm in a jail cell, and with a DVPO entered against me for 1 year unlawfully and without the benefit of Due Process. To this day I experience periodic nightmares of the ordeal and nightmares as to my children calling out for me to come for them and bring them home, among others.
Approximately 6 weeks later during the week of June 14, 2010, my wife contacted me and we began the reunification process by re-establishing our family residence and seeking marriage counselor beginning with the pastor of our church. WCHS alleged a violation of a protective order, stepped in and filed a petition for removal of our 7 minor children from our home. My wife had already recanted all previous allegations in her affidavit titled “why I left my husband” and “How the abuse allegations got out of control,” to no avail. No other evidence to the allegations of abuse or neglect existed nor was ever presented. Subsequently, on June 23, 2010 our 7 minor children were taken into custody by Wake County Human Services; a petition was filed, and an Order for Non-Secure Custody was entered on the same day by Judge Eric Chasse granting Non-Secure Custody to WCHS. The initial petition filed on June 23, 2010 states in part; “The juveniles are neglected juveniles in that the juveniles are in need of placement because they… are exposed to an injurious environment, to wit: Judge Christian held a temporary hearing and issued a protective order whereby Mr. Reale and the mother were to have no contact. Her moving back is a violation of the protective order and has placed the children at risk of immediate harm.” My wife and I have been fighting this new development in court since.
COUNT VII; VIOLATIONS OF THE FIFTH AMENDMENT – Due Process Clause and THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause
On December 6, 2010 I filed a motion with Judge Christian pursuant to NC Rules of Civil procedure Rule 60b (4), the order is void requesting the Court to set aside the Domestic Violence Protective Order entered on May 3, 2010. A hearing was set for December 20, 2010. Proper notification was made by me as required through the Domestic Violence Division to my wife through her attorney Rick Croutharmel. I appeared on December 20, 2010, however no one from the other party was present. Judge Christian asked me if I had served the other party to which I responded that I had successfully served my wife’s attorney but that I understood the attorney may be challenging his need to appear. The Judge continued the date until I could definitively resolve the service of process issue (although there was none). The attorney was in violation of the order to present himself in representing his client or withdraw. Neither was done and no action taken against the attorney by the court. I contacted the attorney by email and the attorney agreed to represent his client and requested that I notify him of the date of the next scheduled hearing. I informed Judge Christian’s clerk of the developments and requested the matter be put back on the calendar. After quite some time and at least one follow-up email with the clerk, I received a notice in the mail setting a date of March 16, 2011 for this matter (for a motion filed on December 6, 2010???). So, this is the run-around given to such a serious matter in that an illegal order exists and that the mere existence of this unlawful, void protective order has caused and continues to cause irreparable harm to the me, my wife and our 7 minor children, in that it has imposed restrictions on our basic freedoms and other basic rights afforded them by and through the Constitution of the United States.
COUNT VIII – VIOLATIONS OF THE FIFTH AMENDMENT – Due Process Clause, and THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process Clause
Last, but not least, I have been deprived of custody and even visitation on the basis of this unlawful DVPO issued by Judge Lori Christian throughout this process and during these current Juvenile Dependency Proceedings. I had not seen my children in over 226 days (as of February 5, 2011) as a result of the unlawfully entry of this DVPO and Judge Christian’s conduct in the courtroom. A parent’s right to the custody of his or her children is an element of “liberty” guaranteed by the 5th Amendment and the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Matter of Gentry, 369 NW 2d 889, MI App Div (1983).