Judge Whitwell


Albany Man Convicted Of Felony Murder, Malice Murder And Cruelty To Children Gets Special Treatment From Lamar County Juvenile Judge
Bobby Harris of Albany Georgia was convicted in 1989 in the death of a 4 month old baby, yet Lamar County Juvenile Judge Sharon Whitwell issued an order on January 21, 2004 that allowed him to stay overnight in the local jail so that he could visit with a minor child who had been placed in state care in September 2003.

Barnesville, GA (PRWEB) June 4, 2004 –In 1989, Bobby Lee Harris of Albany Georgia was convicted on charges of murder and cruelty to children, and sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. Harris was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to a child.

Testimony from his trial showed that the 4-month-old baby had died of shaken baby syndrome and had been bitten at least eight times”, that the babys brain had been torn loose”, and that the baby suffered retinal hemorrhage” meaning that the blood vessels behind her eyes were ruptured”.

Testimony from Dr. Teresa Courtney showed that the baby died of head trauma”. Dr. Courtney further stated her examination of the child told me that she had a head injury worse than children who have been thrown from a car and landed on their head or thrown through a windshield”.

Albany pediatrician Dr. D. M. Riddle also testified that the child had bruises on her neck, buttocks and thighs, and stated that, based upon his examination, he felt that the child was severely abused”.

On January 21, 2004 Lamar County Juvenile Judge Sharon Whitwell issued an order (case #085-03J-323) allowing Harris to stay overnight in the Lamar County jail so that a minor child that had been removed from her mothers care in September 2003 could visit with him on January 21, 2004 in the local jail at Lamar County taxpayers expense. Harris currently resides at Dodge State Prison in Chester GA which is approximately 88 miles from Lamar County.

On September 4, 2003, Lamar County caseworker Allison Nash and two City of Barnesville Police Officers removed 5 minor children from their mothers home in Barnesville (Lamar County) GA.

On October 14, 2003, Juvenile Judge Sharon Whitwell held an illegal hearing to have these minor children placed with a “fit and willing relative” in violation of Ga. Law. The mother of these children had not been subpoenaed to this hearing yet Whitwell conducted the hearing anyway with no consideration for due process of law.

During this hearing, with no explanation given, Whitwell ordered that the mother could not call, visit or write her children. Although the mother committed no crime, and although no arrest was made when the children were removed from her care. The childrens mother has not been allowed any sort of visitation nor been allowed to send her children gifts or letters since October 2003.

Citizens of Georgia must ask themselves, why would a Juvenile Judge, who is entrusted with the safety and well-being of our children, prevent a mother that has committed no crime from seeing her children for over 8 months, yet who allows a convicted killer that abused and killed a 4-month old baby special visitation privileges.

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Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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35 Responses to Judge Whitwell

  1. DEDRA FAYE MCDANIEL says:

    This same so called judge has taken my newborn son in May and has denied all visitation between me and my child. Lamar DFACS filed a petition seeking cooperation into the investigation. I was served the notice less than 24 hours prior to the hearing and like most mothers who have no harmed their child I showed up unrepresented at this hearing for cooperation and this judge carried on a whole hearing without even asking or informing me that I had a right to an attorney she kidnapped my child on the spot. The next court hearing I had a public defender Wanda Johnson who made not one motion, objection, question one witness, or enter evidence into the hearing. The gaurdian ad litem Kristie Rowell was not present at the Adjudication, dispostition, the statue review hearing and did not conduct the inter with the parents and child. Instead she sent her unlicensed assistant to these hearings!! My son was entitled to competent counsel!! My son was 3 months old whne she kidnapped him and is now 12 months old. I have missed his first Christmas, tooth,laugh, surgery and birthday. It took my mother 3 months to get him with the family and now they have isolated me from my mother because he lives with her and I am not allowed to visit at all. Why did this judge order my child into foster care with no evidence what so ever of neglect or abuse? The answer is because… the same person(the puntative grandmother) who made the report to DFACS three days later filed a seperate deprivation petition in the Juvenile court in which she forged the fathers name to the petition and the juvenile court clerk notarized and filed it but neglected to filed the legitimization papers that the father had signed and asked his mother to take to the clerks office. It made it appear as there were two people complaining of the care of my son. I was angry and i confronted the father about the deprivation papers only to discover that they were forged by his mother! This forgery has been proven in a court of law and the Pgm was arrested after i prosecuted her myself! Then I proceeded to prosecute the clerk, the magistrate judge sided with me at the closing arguments then…. the county attorney decided to put the clerk on the stand and she perjuried herself. Then the judge rules in favor of her because he couldn’t prove her intent. If she took an oath of office not to file forged papers and to dutily do her job as clerk as notary and she allowed FORGED documents to be filed in court.. SHE BROKE HER OATH OF OFFICE AND THAT IS INTENT ENOUGH!! However, the worst thing was that I now had to go before HER BOSS WHITWELL in the DFACS case asking for cooperation.. I walked in no attorney, no notice, no miranda no nothing and based on the allegations of the puntitive grandmothers report which was recited by the investigator as being substanciated. It stated I have had another child taken by DFACS 12 years ago which has never happened among other things like i had left the child alone one time while I chased that father down the road in the car and that I had been caught buying crack with my daughter in the car with me 12 years ago and that My house didn’t have a clean dish in it.. This so called grandmother has not been in my home since the child was less than 3 weeks old.. WHY? This grandmother gave my newborn 4 ounces of undiluted PRUNE juice at the age of 2 weeks and almost killed him. So she hadn’t had unsupervised visitation with the child since then. Crazy thing is that the caseworkers and the GAL tried to award this woman joint custody with my mother after having tried to declair my mother unfit because she was easily influenced by me so they say. She worked at the courthouse here for 34 years and is very well known and loved. We were terrified taht this judge was going to give her my child until… the father nad I found out that the grandmother had used drugs after a drug test and home evaluation and we confronted her and she didn’t show up to court the day she was supposed to be awarded joint custody!!! they never told her she had to have my son his own room like they told my mother. This grandmother lives on welfare and has a house full of grown adult kids still living with her and her mother in a 3 bedroom home!! This JUDGE if you can even call her that tried her best to give my child to this woman who forged documents, filed false reports to DFACS and worse had perviously tried to kill my son. I still do not have an attorney as myt court appointed counsel resigned saying there was nothing to appeal. DFACS never made reasonable efforts and there was absolutely no evidence that I had done one thing wrong.. The judge even said in court several times that it was obvious that the child was well taken care of..but she di this to me instead in retaliation for trying to prosecute her clerk. Funny thing is in my testimony in court I wasn’t allowed to discuss this document because it was irrelevant however, DFACS was at the hearing for the clerk and when the judge summoned the father to the courthouse without notice after she took the child she asked him repeatedly if he had signed the papers and he stated no.. He wasn’t allowed to testify to anything else.. They stole our child!! NO EVIDENCE NO NOTHING! The grandmother admitted in her court testimony for the forgery that she forged the fathers name on the petition and she was arrested for probable cause but when it went to the GRAND JURY they no billed the forgery. Why? To protect this clerk who broke the law. I lost my son over this forged document yet no county official or jduge or law enforcement officer will prosecute either the grandmother or the juvenile court clerk and the judge has basically gotten away with kidnapping my son without even giving me visitation. THE ONLY EVIDENCE IN COURT PRESENTED BY DFACS WAS A REPORT FROM THE GRANDMOTHER! The coverup of this event has been deep and very painful for my whole family because although the father and I were in love the conflict of what his mother had conspired with DFACS and this clerk to do has caused great strain on our relationship until it desolved completely! Overlooking my court order and documents I have found 31 error os law and I am nto a lawyer. I have spent the last 9 months learning the law but an appeal is out of time so again I am on the mercy of the appeals court to do the right thing and find that there was no reason to remove my child and reverse. But I am Pro Se and we all know that is not a good thing. I have not seen my child in over 8 months! PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THIS JUDGE PLEASE CONTACT ME AT DDIAMONDDOLL66@bellsouth.net
    I am about to file a lawsuit against this judge, dfacs, the Lamar County but this will take some time and I am losing my sons childhood and the chance to bond with him!! Anymore storied on this judge would be appreciated I would love to have them in court with me when I sue

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  2. barbara says:

    Why would a judge agree to let him have special visitation like that? Is that child even a relative? If so, why not bring the child in on regular state visitation days? Who is monitoring these judges anyhow?

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    • yvonnemason says:

      That is the question we all are asking. There is no one watching the watchers. They all have free reign. This is just one purpose of the site. To educate and to show the public what is hidden in the underbelly of CPS and the Judges and all the others who play in that corrupt and greedy sandbox.

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  3. Kelley S. Seabolt says:

    I am dealing with a private deprivation case that was started back in 2005. I had no money at the time to fight and when I did get money I paid a lawyer for my divorce (she did nothing) then had to pay a second lawyer to do that and take this case but nothing got done with this one (custody) due to another lawyer on the case not filing the last order in the case for almost 2 years. The first time I went to Court (October 12,2005) I had my original assistance dog with me. The judge did not even realize Sydney was in the court room until I went to leave and all the recordings were stopped. When we went to leave she blew up at me and was cussing at me telling me how dare I bring a G.D. Dog in her G.D. courtroom who the hell did I think I was? When I tried to explain that she was my assistance dog (at the time I just had the peripheral neuropathy, and degenerative disc disease in my back) she would not let me finish she told me to shut the hell up it was her damn court room and I better not do it again despite the guardian ad litem telling her she could not tell me I could have her there. The Judge proceeded to say it was a damned good thing I was getting a drug test because I had to be on something to have brought a dog in her G.D. courtroom at that time she changed it to a follicle test as well.
    She has held an extreme prejudice against me every time I go in her courtroom ever since that first time in court and has managed to make mention of it every time as she looks to see if I have disobeyed her orders.This time in court I have tried to show proof of my change of circumstance. I have shown proof that one of the attorneys lied several times and she blows me off. I had an attorney friend help me prepare my motion to release the transcripts of the last court date and she made fun of me and said all she remembered of me was me trying to bring a dog in HER courtroom “as if”. When she started to chastise me again I proceeded to again inform her of the ADA laws and she said those laws do not apply in to quote her “MY” courtroom and “MY” courthouse. It is not a seeing eye dog ! As I tried to explain she started to make fun of me to all the lawyers in the room again. I am guessing the other people were lawyers there were about 10-15 unknown people in the room not relevant to the case. My mother and a friend were there as witnesses. I also brought up that my ex husband had put a motion forward for custody of our son and she scoffed at that and said SO another person that does not have any law school trying to practice law. Making all the lawyers laugh and I am so sick of it she told me I could not afford to have the transcripts done unless I had hit the lottery as most court reporters charged by the word (this started out earlier in the hearing as being charged by the page) and went on to pound that into me several times. I was denied a change of venue even though I had spoken to Cobb County and they said they would accept the case (this is where the guardian lives). I asked her for this several times. When questioned why since my son’s “temporary” guardianship was until he is 18 why did it matter to her She had no comment but remarked again to her lawyer contingent “again someone that has not been to law school trying to practice law!” As it was I over heard all of them talking about the case and laughing at my motion and my son’s biological father’s motion as well before we were called in the courtroom.

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  4. Kelley S. Seabolt says:

    I am dealing with a private deprivation case in BUTTS County (even though I am in Cherokee now and my Son is in Fulton now) that was started back in 2005.I was married to a man in Butts county who’s family was very prominent. However, I found out while he was overseas he liked to cheat and wear my clothing while doing so. In order to try to destroy any credibility in our ensuing divorce case his parents decided to initiate this deprivation case. I MUST SAY MY SON IS NOT RELATED TO THIS MAN OR HIS PARENTS HE IS MY SON FROM A PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIP. I say again this is a PRIVATE deprivation case but, they used a friend of theirs that just so happened to be a DFCS lawyer.I had no money at the time to fight the case and since it was NOT a DFCS case they would not appoint me a state atty. They ONLY came after my son NOT after my daughter who was 12 at the time. (she also would have told them to stick it where the sun did not shine) That never came up in court. They came and trashed my house and took pics (we never locked doors there. I found the mess that night and was mad but did not know who did it as I had just cleaned the house. There was even stuff on the dishes in the sink that I did not eat (ie mustard and ketchup)

    The first time I went to Court (October 12,2005) I had my original assistance dog with me. The judge did not even realize Sydney was in the court room until I went to leave and all the recordings were stopped. When we went to leave she blew up at me and was cussing at me telling me how dare I bring a G.D. Dog in her G.D. courtroom who the hell did I think I was? When I tried to explain that she was my assistance dog (at the time I just had only been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, and degenerative disc disease so far) she would not let me finish she told me to shut the hell up it was her Gosh darn (not those words) court room and I better not do it again despite the guardian ad litem telling her she could not tell me I could have her there. The Judge proceeded to say it was a damned good thing I was getting a drug test because I had to be on something to have brought a dog in her G.D. courtroom at that time she changed it to a follicle test as well.
    She has held an extreme prejudice against me every time I go in her courtroom ever since that first time in court and has managed to make mention of it every time as she looks to see if I have disobeyed her orders.
    I was in her court again September 3,2009. This time in court I have tried to show proof of my change of circumstance. I have shown proof that one of the attorneys lied several times and she blows me off. I had an attorney friend help me prepare my motion to release the transcripts of the last court date and she made fun of me and said all she remembered of me was me trying to bring a dog in HER courtroom “as if”. When she started to chastise me again I proceeded to again inform her of the ADA laws and she said those laws do not apply in to quote her “MY” courtroom and “MY” courthouse. It is not a seeing eye dog ! As I tried to explain she started to make fun of me to all the lawyers in the room again. I am guessing the other people were lawyers there were about 10-15 unknown people in the room not relevant to the case.
    My mother and my fiancée were there as witnesses. I also brought up that my ex husband had put a motion forward for custody of our son and I had a copy with me which had been mailed to ALL parties, and she scoffed at that, Making fun of it in front of everyone and said SO another person that does not have any law school trying to practice law. Making all the lawyers laugh and I am so sick of it. As I went down the points of my motion that included Scriveners errors (her words)such as a whole Court proceeding that took place on a day we were not in court with people that were not in court. Plus that is the one that took 2 yrs to file and it was not written up for 2 yrs either. Things were also left out of it.
    Judge Whitwell told me I could not afford to have the transcripts done unless I had hit the lottery one time as most court reporters charged by the word (this started out earlier in the hearing as being charged by the page) and went on to pound that into me several times. The next time she said I could not afford to get the transcripts done unless I found a secret stash of money. I have a cousin that is a court reporter. I can have them translated. For FREE. I just did not tell her. I was denied a change of venue even though I had spoken to Cobb County and they said they would accept the case (this is where the guardian lives). I asked her for this several times. When questioned why since my son’s “temporary” guardianship was until he is 18 why did it matter to her She had no comment but remarked again to her lawyer contingent “again someone that has not been to law school trying to practice law!” As it was I over heard all of them talking about the case and laughing at my motion and my son’s biological father’s motion as well BEFORE we were called in the courtroom. When My fiancée pinched his eyebrows together at something she said she jumped him and said “SIR IF YOU keep making faces at me I will throw you out of my courtroom!” I was appalled.
    The reason my ex-husband was requesting custody was his father who had guardianship had been diagnosed with cancer and did not tell anyone til he had to go for surgery. He turned and had My ex husband’s half brother take custody of our son without our permission or letting the courts know until I went to court. Prior to that he ducked and dodged letting me see him. Made excuses for not letting any of my family see him either.
    Now after my putting forth that motion which should have overturned his custody and also allowed us to move it from her court to another county (like I said Whitwell denied us moving it) The half brother files papers to intervene and we were NEVER notified of the court date. We got notification of the motion to intervene but the courts did not tell us when the court date was. So the next thing we know my son asks us at one of his hockey games “Why weren’t you at court this week?” That is how we found out. We are NEVER allowed to see our son. The Uncle keeps him from us. He recently ran away but was later found but the first people the uncle called was us because our son said he was running to us. Go figure.
    My repeated calls to Judge Whitwell’s office to find out if I can even get those records unsealed to be transcribed that my motion was for was NEVER answered. Not to mention why were we NEVER notified about the last hearing. All we want is our son back. My son’s dad and his wife have a new baby and I have no problems sharing joint custody with them. But this judge has made both of our lives HELL. She apparently has made several people’s lives crappy. She bends the law to suit herself. I will tell you this I am not leaving my service dog at home this next time I have to go to her court. I am in a wheelchair now. He alerts on my seizures and makes my life easier. I had the ADA contact her after the last time I was in court but a leopard will not change their spots. We shall see.
    I am game to join ANY Class Action Suit against this woman! She needs to have her Boss Hoss attitude checked. I cannot stand people that are like this. Judge Whittwell needs to be stopped!!!

    Please feel free to email me for more info any help our son’s father and I can get would be appreciated.

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    • Report this judge to the Judicial Qualifying Committee -Jeff Davis –in Madison, Ga

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    • amanda says:

      She has messed with our family as well and were not gonna stand for this shit. Something must b done!!! Asap. This judge has messed up enough kids lives and i say enough is enough. I dont understand why she can get away with this someone please help!!!

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  5. Kelley S. Seabolt says:

    Oh and I forgot to mention that the Guardian Ad Litem was Kristi Rowell as well does this seem like a pattern to anyone else?? And sorry for the double posting I hit enter by accident before I was done.

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  6. Laura says:

    She has screwed me over for the last 8 months too. Shame on her!!!

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    • Laura,
      Please get in touch with me. I know the feeling. I am still fighting her after 5 yrs. My son was illegally transferred to someone else’s custody after he should have come back to me when the original guardian did not file a motion for continuing custody after the required time. They had a hearing without telling both myself and the biological father. We found out when it was rubbed in our faces by the person who has custody of our son now.
      This Christmas My husband, My ex-husband (the bio father), his wife, and I found out that my son was being BEATEN by this guardian with a wooden board. I have it on video and audio tape. I went to the police and DFCS they did NOTHING. The courts refuse to help. A parents advocacy group here in Ga was helping and all of a sudden stopped. The guardian is rich. Or was he is in a lot of shaky dealings from what I have found online.
      I have given the owner of this blog MY permission to post my 12 yr old son’s video of his telling us about his uncle’s abuse. It tells about this DECORATED wooden board that we later found out was a Sorority paddle. It is decorated with glitter and dolphins and fabric. The uncle told the police outright he hits my son with it. AND they left him there.
      I want to help ANY AND ALL people that are screwed over in CPS cases here in the ATL area. ESP if you go through Whitwell’s court. I want that woman off the bench. My story is here on the blog. You can reach me at Ladyhorsewhisperer@gmail.com Please write Judge Whitwell in the Subject so it does not go to the trash folder. You can also reach me through here. I am also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Kelleysueseabolt My husband and I are determined to get this woman out of her high perch and back to being a mere mortal. She cussed me out for having a service dog in her courtroom, yelled at him for raising an eyebrow at something she said that made no sense. She needs to go. Please contact me. Only in numbers will we succeed in removing someone that is causing such unnecessary pain and suffering in our children’s lives and ruining our lives and good names as well.
      Thank you

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  7. Angrycitizen says:

    I am a reporter for a local paper within the district Judge Whitwell presides. I am also the parent wjo has been mistreated by this judge. I am looking for some help and or volunteers willing to tell there story on the record about her profesionalism which seated at the bench> I myself have witnesses this judge texting during a court proceeded. Even laughing at that message. i have witnessed her screaming at witnesses and attorneys. I have witness lots of things, but my report cannot go out on my word alone and still be credable. Is anyone willing? Is anyone ready to put a stop to this injustic witnin our system?

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    • yvonnemason says:

      Would you be willing to add stories from others who have mistreated by the family court system and DCF across Georgia.

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      • Angrycitizen says:

        yvonnema, how can I get in contact with you?

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      • Angrycitizen says:

        Yvonnema, I will add all the stories we can get our hands on.. But we will have to start with her unethical behavior in the courtroom. She is in a appointed position (not elected) We have to make a real stink about her behavior because she is hiding that behavior behind the doors of the closed court she presides over. Therefor she thinks she can do what ever she likes without consequence. We have to put a stop to it, this district is well above the state average for parent rights being terminated.

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    • Kelley Sue says:

      Yvonne I do apologize for not updating as I should have it has been crazy since last August! Angrycitizen. I now 6 yrs later have my son back. I have fought that long.
      When we were forced back in that courtroom I was in tears. We took the battle out of the county since none of us lived there any more. They shoved it back on the Butts Co Dockett. It cost me and my husband over $12k for one of the most out for blood lawyers we could find. (all of my disability settlement) when it was said and done. But going back to Butts County I refused to roll into the courtroom without my Service Dog after all this time and my lawyer was not one to let me do so either. They actually told me to stand up and get out of my chair I looked at the deputy and said make me. Unless you pick me up it is not happening. They Started to say something about the dog and I stopped him and said you do not want to go there. Then they told us that the SOLE elevator was not working!!!! WTH??? Since None of us wanted a surely eminent seizure (mine are induced by stress and me getting over tired) my husband wheeled me away from the deputy and to talk to my dad. He told them they better be prepared to figure something out he was calling the ADA as soon as he stepped outside. Amazing how that moves people fast. They all came downstairs and we had court down there! (Did I mention the call to the ADA and the Advocacy group in Atlanta the last time we were there and she said What she did to me…if not oops LOL)
      Well I can tell you now Whitwell was not the same judge I saw 3-4 yrs ago. She was nice and smiling and overly gracious to us all. She told us how handsome Bogey, my Service Dog is (and he is) but even my husband who was in court with me the LAST time and had his butt chewed by her was looking at me like what the heck is going on and do I hear banjos? I can also not repeat what he said she must have been doing but you know.
      Keep in mind every time we had gone down to Jackson previously we have been harrassed by the police, followed by my ex in laws, Not to mention my ex mother in law had the Balls to show up at court although this time she was told to leave. I did say my lawyer was a bad arse and well known. She kicked her out BEFORE our lawyer said anything. I am so tired of the whole thing.
      The lord says we should forgive those who wrong us and I struggle with that one more than my husband. But I have come to realize that it is not worth hating them (my ex and his family that caused my situation) incessantly However, I may have forgiven their actions as I know they will pay a higher price in the end and I also know Karma is a wonderful teacher! It will bite you in the butt. I do know that I have a better life than they will ever have and I am far from that psychotic group of people. I know my Son will never learn to dress in women’s clothes from his Step Father unless it is a KILT! I never pushed the info to the Army that would have ended my ex-husband’s career because it was before the Don’t ask Don’t Tell policy was overturned. I have moved on They have not they are still trying to contact my son via me now despite the Judges Order!
      Forgiveness for Judge Whitwell is not an easy one and I am trying. But knowing my ex-husband’s family may have played a part in her being how she was to me with misfiled paperwork, a suspended lawyer, etc.. To forgive is divine but to forget is not a human trait I possess.
      If you wish to speak to me Yvonne knows how to get ahold of me through email. I will not put my name out there any more than it is now.

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      • yvonnemason says:

        You are one of the lucky ones and I am so grateful that you were able to reclaim your son. Yes, karma will happen it always does. You know I count you as one of my dearest compatriots and I understand your stand. Keep moving forward and love life. Hug your son for me.

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    • Please contact me and I will help fill out a complaint to supreme court of Ga thru JQC
      to have judge removed. she has alot of complaints

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      • Tammy Remington says:

        I will help in anyway possible. I am calling the governor’s office. She has to be removed. No one should be able to get away with what she is doing and the way she is conducting herself…..

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    • missingmybabies says:

      Angrycitizen, I would like to also try and get Whitwell off the bench. This so called Judge and Butts county DFCS removed for children from myself. I am not a drug addict or drunk, as a matter of fact I passed evey drug test they gave me. Their reason was neglect…even though they were clothed, fed housed and educated. This lady is the definition of evil in my opinion. She had my 4th child remove from Newton County hospital at 3 days of age, even though at that time I was a Jasper County resident when that child was born. I fought that in Whitwells court form 2009-2011, when she and Kristi Rowell decided that 2 of my children would be in family care until they are 18, and the other 2 to my rights were terminated so they could be put up for adoption…I feel for any parent who has to step foot in this court room. I will be praying for you all.

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    • see my comment below; if you print these allegations, do it before reporting a complaint to jqc ; once the complaint is sworn to, you cannot publically comment on
      the complaint

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    • Tammy Remington says:

      Yes I am!!!! Please call the governor’s office….I am going to stop this nonsense. She is destroying our children and families in the counties she serves!

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    • donna owens says:

      My name is Donna and I can tell you how a court case my daughter had in front of this judge went and the problems we are still having concerning my grand daughter who is now 18 but some how is still under this judges paws

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    • Sonya says:

      We recently had our daughter taken by this judge. Please email us at Rnsgovero@gmail.com. She has clearly violated my husband;s 6th amendment right during this case. My husband was a police officer for several years and has never seen anything like this kangaroo courtroom here in Barnesville. We have a terrible public defender and cant afford a real attorney. Any help and or guidance you can offer us as we are new to the area would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Ray says:

      We have witnessed the same and been mistreated as well and wow do we have a story to tell. We are credible, productive members of this community and we would like to sit down with you if you are still interested. Please contact Ray at 770-584-2591. I promise you a front page story with documentation.

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  8. Cassandra M Peterson says:

    Hey my name is Cassandra but everyone calls me Sandy ive lived in Butts county my whole life im 27 and four months ago this so called judged enter my life through my former boyfriends childs case a child which i wasnt going to be around any longer and i told her that…but somehow she entered dfhcs into my familys life that day and to us its feels as they took our lives from us ..for no reason at all other than lies they have told they removed my 4 yr old who is five now (i missed his fifth bday its so hard dealing with this) and my 7 yr old boys which have been with me and my family since day one there daddy never really had much to do with them never came to school avents nor their birthdays but for some reason she thinks they r better off with him…anyways im a single mother who dont have much money but i worked up enough money to hire a lawyer 2,300 he took from me saying we was going to fight this but in the mean time my xhusband sued me for full custody so we had to deal with that first make a long story short at the last mintue my laywer Mario Ninfo doesnt do a thing he agrees with my xhusband i guess the judge never spoke a word ninfo my xhusbands attorney which is local from butts county and the superior judge go into chambers and when mario comes out he basically told me he pused it back down to judge whitwell ..and it just keeps going from there ….but im putting my trust in God….I know all things happen for a reason U know i told my dad tonight that maybe we are going through this hurt right now to save alot of familys children hurt in the furture by this judge …so i google her name And i couldnt believe what i was reading I had no clue She was hurting so many children..Im so willing to be any kind of help for ya’ll…im firing my lawyer and thank the good lord my parents are willing to help me pay for another one we r tring to find one who will not back down for no reason at all and is willing to go fight this judge and dfhcs we r hoping to have found one by Monday my next hearing is July 28th 2012 so we dont have much time …But keep your hopes up I know we will c our babies again… If you all need anything you can email me at Sandyp524@yahoo.com … Best of luck…. Sandy Peterson

    I have never been arrested or convicted of any thing.
    whitwell did drug test me after court was dismissed on the first hearing off record now she asked me if i would fell it with marijuana and meth i told he no i never seen my results and they wasnt sent to a lab but she said i felled it with xanax i told her no i took prozac which i had a script for she said no xanax and i was like no prozac but after a min of that she made me question myself so I said mybe but if i would have known how whitwell was i would of never question myself..but i passed the drug test for supioer court she wasnt happy with so she orderd a hair test and i have lost all trust in the system i want a lawyer to go with me when i take it…. i just thought i would share that to ….

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  9. Helpless says:

    I am doing research on my own with regards to this jude. Lamar County DFCS has taken my fiances son on the words of an annonymous caller whom we think is his stepmother. His son is currently with a foster family. Prior to being moved into foster care he was with family members who said he was dissrupting their home life. Before being moved into foster care my fiance had visitation. His son was moved four weeks ago with a foster family and he was not notified with regards to keeping his visitation going. He contacted Lamar county DFCS with no response and also contacted a case worker involved and again got no response. Yesterday he had a hearing and it was mentioned in the hearing that he had tried making contact to get visitation times and Judge Whitwell/Sullivan revoked all visitation because the Ad-litem said his son was reluctant to see anyone. My fiance has been ordered to complete a case plan before they will consider letting him see his son. To top it all off I was also accused in the case as abusive to his son. When questioned his son denied any wrong doing on my part as well as his fathers. I am currently six months pregnant and in court yesterday the judge made it very clear to my fiance that Fayette county DFCS would be notified of my pregnancy and when I give birth. My fear is that they are planning to take away our unborn child. Nothing would please me more than to see this woman off the bench as well as Lamar County pay for the wrong doing they have invoked on my family. My fiance has checked into hiring a lawyer but does not make enough to cover the retainer fees and has also tried to get a public defender but they told him he made too much. I am at a loss.

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    • They will meet you at the hospital. It happens all the time at spalding co hospital;
      They even recently went out of county to Cobb County to take a baby straight from hospital and none of their previous children had been harmed BUT she had been investigated after a relative called and was “IN THE SYSTEM” . I would be delivering at a relatives OUT OF STATE and stay there until this is over. It is not worth taking a chance of losing an infant.

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  10. please email me..this is the same district that many are trying to file complaints against.
    I have done this successfully and will help get this judge removed

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    • amanda says:

      We need some help, im in michigan tryin to do what i can for someone to relize this judge is no good and she is destroying families and something needs to b done asap. My sister lives down there and this judge is giving her hell. If u can tell me where to start to get the ball rolling to get help i would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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    • angry citizen says:

      i am angrycitizen. my son is back in my custody and i have moved out of her jurisdiction since ( like my back side was on fire). I am willing to go on record all day long. The judge and the guardian need to be removed they have taken “good ol boy” justis way too far. I now of 2 other familys ready to come forward as well.
      I can be found at ablonde2008@yahoo.com.

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  11. If everyone who has posted here will go to http://www.gajqc.com/canons.cfm and read these canons , then file a complaint with the form on the same site (adding transcripts of
    her worst behaviors in court per canon number); you will get her reprimanded or removed. There is a new judicial qualifying commission staff and they weren’t given much money by state budget to work with BUT they have been investigating non-stop and have removed more judges in the last 2 years than ever before!!
    If she gets removed or publically reprimanded after you file a complaint , you can motion for a new trial AND a new venue!!!

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  12. Tammy Remington says:

    Please, please file a complaint with the governor’s office. I am onboard. She has to be removed. I have never seen such behavior from anyone much less a juvenile judge….Pure evil!!!!!!

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    • Danielle says:

      My name is danielle and I need someone who knows what they’re talking about to help me with this judge! she took my two children away from me for a very unnecessary reason! as a child I got into a lot of trouble! she was the judge in all of my cases as a juvenile and if you know this woman you know she remembers everything and everyone! I don’t know how to file a complaint or who to file it with but butts County defax in going to take my kids Permanently if I can’t find some sort of help! I can’t afford a lawyerso I’m going out this the best way I can! My email address is hambone212@gmail.com please contact me any time any day I’m desperate!

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  13. Outraged Citizen says:

    How can a complaint be filed with the Governor’s office? Another case just closed where this so called judge ruled to terminate a father’s right to his son. The father wants to pay child support and be in his son’s life!!! The father has no record, a steady job, nice home, no alcohol or drug history-NOTHING WRONG!!! He filed for paternity and legitimization prior to the young child’s mother filing for termination in reaction to his filings. She filed only because she does not want him around and has been hiding with the child for the past 3 years. This judge ruled to terminate his rights based on the mom’s report that the child MAY be special needs (all psychological/developmental testing was NEGATIVE) and since he has not been around (because he could not FIND THEM) the child is used to not having him around. This Judge is ridiculous-it is an outrage! The judge took the recommendation of the Guardian ad Litem who did not actually make the recommendation either, she sent an assistance to do a home visit at the child’s home ONLY (no visits were made at the father’s home) and the assistant said the child seemed fine so the recommendation was to continue things as they are. Might make mention that all the parties know each other (it is Butts County) and they are in the same community clubs and committees. This judge has to go-she gives privilege to those who are clearly a risk to the child and denies privilege to those who truly wish to be involved–ultimate point: in both situations THE CHILD IS HARMED!!!! The little boy in this case will grow up never knowing that he has a father and complete other side of the family that love him and desperately want to be involved in his life. All family members testified to this is court-she heard every word and still ruled to terminate. What kind of person does this?

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  14. Helpless says:

    Since my last post on here my fiancés son was placed with his grandmother. That in itself took a lot of hard work. We were still unable to see his son until Halloween 2013 which is the first time he was able to meet his little baby brother. The judge did notify DCFS about my pregnancy and they sent a caseworker to my home in Clayton County(the caseworker was from Clayton County too) a week after my son was born. After she inspected our home and verified our dogs were up to date on their shots she closed the case siting there I no reason to believe the child (our new born) was in any way in danger. I did mention to her the circumstances surrounding the judges decision to contact them regarding my sons birth and without directly making a comment that could hurt her job she let me know that there had been other situations with that judge. We have since moved to Upson County and had a daughter (No contact from DFCS or Judge Whitwell) and are still only allowed visitation with my fiancés son. Since being taken away from us his grades in school have plummeted and he now has behavioral problems so bad that he has been suspended once and received multiple in school suspensions. He has seen a therapist and told her that he is angry at the judge because she took him from his daddy and that he wants to live with us. Before being placed with his grandmother he told the judge this and she said she could not rely on the word of a child or make her decision based on what he wanted. Our final course of action is his grandmother is trying to save up the money to go to superior court and get full custody and have DFCS completely removed from the case. We did find out that unless you go through superior court and have them removed once you get your child, or they are placed with a family member, that they have every right to come in and remove them when they feel the need. Or at least that is what they are known for doing. Best of luck to anyone dealing with this like we are. Keep fighting. I know we will.

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