Make sure you keep a copy of all complaints in a safe place.
To file a complaint against a judge, call or write to the following.
Judicial Conduct Commission
P.O. Box 21868
Lexington, KY 40522
To file a complaint against an attorney, call or write to the following.
Angela Hood, Intake Paralegal
Kentucky Bar association
515 West Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-3795 ext. 261
3. If you have convincing evidence of bias by a Judge, tapes, statements with witnesses
from whom you can get sworn affidavits, etc. send them with a cover letter to.
Western District of Kentucky (W/KY)
U.S. Marshal: Ronald R. McCubbin
601 W Broadway - Room 162
Louisville, KY 40202 Phone
If you have convincing evidence of bias by a State Agency, tapes, statements with
witnesses from whom you can get sworn affidavits, etc. send them with a cover letter
Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol, Suite 118
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601-3449
To file a complaint on Department of Children and Family Services:
Dr. Eugene Foster
Undersecretary for Children and Family Services
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
Michael J. Robinson
Cabinet for Health and Families Services
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
The following are some types of Judicial Misconduct that may lead to discipline:
Allowing family, social, or political relationships to influence judicial decision
making. Conflict of interest. Giving or receiving gifts, bribes, loans, or favors.
Improper Courtroom Decorum Improper conduct while on the bench, such as sleeping
or drunkenness. Expressions of bias based on race, gender, ethnicity, etc. Rude,
abusive, and otherwise improper treatment of parties, counsel, witnesses, jurors,
court staff, and others. Other Improper or Illegal Activities Including Off-Bench
Conduct Failing or refusing to dispose promptly of judicial business. Abusing the
contempt power. Interfering with the attorney-client relationship.Communicating improperly
with only one-side to a proceeding. Commenting on or interfering with a pending
or impending case. Engaging in improper political campaign activities. Misappropriating
or misusing public property, funds, or resources. Violating rules relating to court
administration. Obstruction of justice, perjury, or filing a false document. Ticket
fixing. Criminal Conduct.
The West's rules are now available online on the kycourts website. http://www.kycourts.net/Appeals/COA_Opinions.shtm
The following complaint was filed against Family Court Judge Cynthia Sanderson
on November 19, 2005 with the persons and agencies listed at the end of this document.
Fathers Asking To Have Equal Rights
November 19, 2005
To: Whom it may concern
Re: Judicial misconduct in Western Kentucky
The following are complaints against Family Court Judge Cynthia Sanderson and
her inner circle of lawyers in McCracken County Kentucky.
1. Judge Sanderson is identifying FATHERS members in her court before degrading
them, and ruling harshly against them. This type of political discrimination is prohibited.
2. Local lawyers are telling FATHERS members that the reason they lost in front
of Judge Sanderson is because of their involvement in the FATHERS group. This type
of political discrimination is prohibited
3. Judge Sanderson has intimidated members of FATHERS board via email. This is
a misuse of the judge’s power.
4. Court video tapes of Judge Sanderson are being altered. One of our member’s,
(involved in complaint number one), had his video tape altered. Judge Sanderson became
so angry she broke a pencil after the mother’s lawyer showed the judge a copy of
a court order signed by Judge Sanderson on the FATHERS web site. This incident was
not on the court video given to this FATHERS member by the clerk. Altering court
videos is strictly prohibited.
5. One FATHERS member’s lawyer told her that she would not remind Judge Sanderson
of a statement that the Judge made at one of our meetings in regard to awarding parenting
time to the non-custodial parent in place of day care watching the child because
“I want to continue practicing law in western Kentucky”. Judge Sanderson has intimidated
local lawyers to the point they can no longer fairly represent their client.
6. The local newspaper, The Paducah Sun, refuses to run FATHERS meeting announcements.
FATHERS is a non-profit support group for non-custodial parents. FATHERS vice-president
was told by the paper this was because of pressure from local attorneys. This is
just one example of inappropriate out of court behavior.
7. Judge Sanderson has written visitation guidelines and then enforced them as
if they were KRS. Judges are forbidden from writing and enacting law.
8. Judge Sanderson refused to postpone a hearing when one of FATHERS members
lawyer did not appear at the hearing. This particular member is struggling financially.
Socioeconomic discrimination is routine in Judge Sanderson’s court.
9. Judge Sanderson has stated publicly that her court does not recognize the
mental and emotional form of child abuse known as PAS, parental alienation syndrome.
It is inconceivable that a family court judge overlooks any form of child abuse.
(This statement was made at one of FATHERS meetings Judge Sanderson attended in front
of fifty plus witnesses.)
10. Judge Sanderson is verbally abusive to non-custodial parents in her court,
telling them such things as, “they are a fool to be in her court without a lawyer”.
This type of behavior on the bench is forbidden by the judicial code of conduct.
11. It appears Judge Sanderson has hired a former public relations representative
of the City of Paducah and put her on the state payroll in order to bolster Judge
Sanderson’s public standing and promote the judge’s pet projects. This is an inappropriate
use of state funds.
12. In many cases it is clear that Judge Sanderson has already decided the outcome
of the hearing before it ever starts by the biased fashion in which she admits or
discredits evidence and witnesses. Dee Gordy’s hearing is a good example. (see www.kyfathers.org)
Numerous complaints and appeals have been filed with the Judicial Conduct Commission,
and the Court of Appeals against Judge Sanderson. We believe that the lack of action
from these two judicial bodies is in part due to Judge Sanderson’s close personal
and political ties with members involved in both, and the “You scratch my back, I’ll
scratch yours” attitude that has become such a part of a system that relies on “lawyers
overseeing the judicial system of lawyers”.
We are asking for an investigation into the current lack of action by the Judicial
Conduct Commission, and the Court of Appeals, as well as effective alternatives to
a system that is just plain broken.
1673 Hamburg Rd.
Kevil, KY 42053
c.c. Governor Ernie Fletcher, First Lady Glenna Fletcher, Lt. Governor Stephen
Pence, Office of the Attorney General, Peter Baniak Lexington Herald Leader, Jim
Malone Louisville Courier Journal, Michael Powell Kentucky Publishing Inc., Justice
William Graves, State Representative Steven Rudy, Mayor Bill Paxton City of Paducah,
Amy Watson News Channel 6, U.S. Marshal Ronald R. McCubbin, Judicial Conduct Commission,
Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky General
Enclosed: Copies of the first two FATHERS meeting announcements the Paducah Sun
newspaper refused to run.