Hon. J. Michael Wachs See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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What others have said about Hon. J. Michael Wachs


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Litigant

Comment #: MD4369
Rating:1.0
Comments:
On July 4, it seems only fitting to reflect on the abuse of power and total disregard for the rights and freedom of others inflicted by Mr. J. Michael Wachs.
Most people in his courtroom on May 7, 2015 couldn't believe what transpired. Mr. Wachs ever so nonchalantly essentially stripped a woman of all rights to her child, gave her nothing in the way of alimony, and wouldn't even hold the other party in contempt despite testimony and evidence!
The woman is a nurse with no history of violence and no criminal record. The father had no evidence to back up anything he and his 2 witnesses, his parents, claimed!
Yet, Wachs had such little disregard for this woman, which could only be because she is a woman. Apparently, Wachs feels the contribution of women in the lives of their children carries such little value, even though they've done nothing wrong, they should have no rights to their children because a white man like himself said so.
Well, Wachs, this woman, nurse, Jew, was the wrong mama to demean and devalue!Your sexism and racism will be exposed and hopefully you will be removed from the bench. Maybe if you can know what it is to be frightened and hurt, maybe you can act as a human being. As of right now, you are inhumane and seriously deficient!

Other

Comment #: MD4357
Rating:1.0
Comments:
"A particularl despicable act is false allegations of sexual child abuse or domestic violence to keep the child away from the other parent". This is a quote in the Huffington Post from a JUDGE. What a concept, someone would make false allegations, admit to it in court, and STILL have the child continue supervised visits. Not only made false allegations against my son, but also husband #2. He was also accused of sexual misconduct. Why not make the allegations when you can get away with it. Seen by two neighbors the day of the alleged incidents, within 2-3 feet of each other...NO MARKS, calm, cool, and collected. Goes to hospital with minor injuries...brags about putting marks on her neck with a seatbelt, but we are the vindictive ones.

Other

Comment #: MD4349
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I do not believe the previous comment inferred the deck is stacked rightly or ethically. Instead, they may have meant the deck of ethical misconduct is stacked. I will stand corrected if incorrect. The media would be a valid source considering you have a case record prepared to present.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4348
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'm not afraid of Wachs. I have the truth on my side. I may still consider media attention, but I don't believe the deck is stacked. The Corruption taking place among certain judges and masters in AA county will be exposed. They should be afraid and they know who they are!

Other

Comment #: MD4340
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Media on a national level!!!!!!

Other

Comment #: MD4339
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Deck is stacked - Media Attention should be your next step!

Litigant

Comment #: MD4338
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
What a horrifying story! And yet, good parents who would never harm their children are shut out of their lives because a corrupt, dishonorable, unjust judge says so. Wachs and other " judges" are the ones harming children by depriving them of half their family!
I truly believe the truth will come out and Wachs will be collecting unemployment!

Other

Comment #: MD4335
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The death of the three year old found swinging has been ruled a homicide. I wonder how many times the father tried to get help and was turned away, ridiculed, or told he was vindictive. When will the family court realize a child needs BOTH parents? In Wachs decision, he said the only witness my son had was me. He could have had our whole family and the Pope, and we would all have been accused of lying. After what has happened in Montgomery Co., I believe we have hope. Three hours on a Sat. Not even enough time to go to a movie. Even if it were, there would be an extra ticket to but for the deputy. Child support and $90/WK is a hefty price to pay just to be vindictive. Common sense would tell you that. I guess that's where the problem lies.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4326
Rating:1.0
Comments:
And yet again truthful comments about Wachs that he finds offensivwe are taken down. The solution to stopping people from writing those comments is for him to follow the law and fix his past errors in judgement. Of course, he's not humble enough for that!

Other

Comment #: MD4307
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just wait until you have both officers of the court stating for the record in open court proceedings that a specific MD statute needs to be enforced and proper. Yet, the judge in open court proceedings refuses to apply and obey that law. Indeed, that occurred in our very own Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

The most challenging aspect is knowing you have evidence and clear law on your side, yet it is often disregarding in all courts existing in this jurisdiction. Protecting the brethren and fraternity is priority.

Other

Comment #: MD4306
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Once again, we had our three hour, supervised visit where my grandson said he wanted to spend ten thousand, million hours with Daddy and spend the night. Very sad that the court insists on listening to outside interference to make decisions. Allegations were made that Mr son whispered threats against the family to my grandson, my grandson DENIED it to a court appointed social worker, Wachs referenced it in his decision. I listened to the CD'S again yesterday to be sure I am not being unfair against Wachs. I am not! The opposing atty tried to twist everything we said, tried to put words in our mouths, sickening. One person who testified, stammered and stuttered for answers as he tried to play both sides. I was shown something that I had written on Facebook two years prior on a site for advocates of false allegations. I wrote "That runs rampant in Annapolis, Md.". The opposing atty asked what that meant. Show me the rest of the thread....I could have been saying boating, dogs walking. He tried very hard to make us look vindictive, even asked one of the sheriff's deputies if we were vindictive...his answer, NO. He asked my son if he was happy with the atty for his criminal trial, his reply was no. If he had all of the facts, like once when my son's father called this atty to ask a question, he told him he was spending time with his wife and hung up on him. He was very unprepared for the trial, and got some facts wrong. Let's get facts before we make half assed statements.

Other

Comment #: MD4287
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
What was stated in an earlier comment is further evidence in the operation of this jurisdiction. In that, admissions of guilt could not be more evident, placed on record and clear cut, yet specific judges will blatantly disregard this information without any legal reasoning or basis. Harris is also guilty of this with evidence of a litigant perjuring herself on record during cross yet ignored. For this reason, litigants who continuously bring forth merit less action and are repeatedly guilty of wrongdoing, continue their quest of abhorrent behaviors with this Family Court's blessing. Sadly, this only empowers destructive litigants such as the one described below to not withhold their behavior, even in open court proceedings, and via discovery, and perjurious testimony because from past proceedings, they are aware that repercussions from this conduct goes unpunished. There are many attorneys frustrated with entering this circuit court involving clear cut cases, as it renders useless if the wrong judge presides. A judge who refuses to obtain all fact finding and apply law as required that is........

Standard mode of operation in Anne Arundel County.

Other

Comment #: MD4286
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
"Judge Wachs of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court speaks on tough laws used as scare tactics......" The above is the title of a youtube video you might find interesting for your viewing pleasure.

Other

Comment #: MD4280
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The sad thing is, the first divorce atty we used told us how fair Wachs is. The ex-wife was on the verge of being escorted out of the courtroom for her antics. This same atty cried when my son's father and I were with her saying she was not only concerned for my son, but his father and me as well as this woman is so vindictive, she will be after all of us for not siding with her. The second atty said after the first day of testimony, there is no way Wachs will not give unsupervised visits after the crap she spewed in there today. So, the moral of this story is, get a sleazy atty and lie your butt off. Forget that, I have to live with myself, and I have a conscience.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4279
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Wachs has gotten away with abusing his power for so long, he's not used to people standing up to him. I believe his days on the bench are numbered. Truth always comes out!

Other

Comment #: MD4278
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I just watched an episode of Judge Mathis where a woman kept items her boyfriend left in their house when he left. He tried to got the items back, she wouldn't give them to him. She testified she didn't have them....SWORN testimony. The guy had recorded a conversation between the two of them where she says she has all of his things. She had a counter suit. Hers was thrown out for perjury. The plaintiff won because of his taped conversation. In out case, the ex-wife read emails where she admits to making false police reports, pointing a gun at my son while he held my grandson, not once did she deny writing the emails....not once. My son has supervised visits, she has full custody. Perhaps we should have the Honorable Judge Mathis give a course on law to Sachs.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4268
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Yeah, I know. I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. You are 100% correct. " a little leaven leavens the whole lump!"

Other

Comment #: MD4267
Rating:1.0
Comments:
On the contrary, Alzheimer's is not suggestive here. These are willful and deliberate actions without impairment by specific judges in this jurisdiction. Legal errors in addition to judicial misconduct occur often. Again, not all judges conduct themselves in this manner. Only takes a few to poison the fruit basket.

Other

Comment #: MD4263
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Wachs also has a history of refusing to revise his denial of summary judgment decisions regardless of evidence brought forth declaring opposing party directly mislead and intentionally withheld information from Wachs. A formal motion requesting Wachs to revise his denial based on newly discovered evidence was ignored and never ruled. Evidence presented to him in a letter as well confirming misrepresentation, bad faith, and misconduct by the adverse party. This factual matter brought to his attention twice served as a basis to revise his decision. Evidence that was critical and warranted his reconsideration of his decision. He had the opportunity to review, revise and reconsider and alter based on the evidence and exhibits provided him in a formal motion and letter. Wachs himself even confirmed for the record that no dispute of material facts were present yet he still ruled in favor of the adverse party. In the same breath he also injected his personal bias / opinion regarding contractual language. Oddly, he willfully chose to not revise or rule on this motion to revise. The motion sat for months before it was dismissed without applicable legal reasoning. It goes without saying that matters of law are seemingly rejected.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4261
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He doesn't care. In his twisted mind we should feel privileged to have him extort money from us. He doesn't even work for what he is squeezing from the taxpayers.Truly a pathetic state of affairs! He needs to go and this whole circuit court needs to be revamped!

Other

Comment #: MD4258
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As far as deleting the negative responses, he can delete from here all he wants, that doesn't delete in grave injustices he created. We, as tax payers, pay him. I hope he remembers that on payday. I have have an employee who doesn't do the job, he/she is fired. Such a sad state, the system screws up and tries to make us look like the bad guys.

Other

Comment #: MD4249
Rating:1.0
Comments:
We have the CD's from the trial. We were smart enough to get them before we proceeded with anything so no one could tamper with them. There were things he said in his decision that definitely came from the SAO. He allowed hearsay testimony from the friend of the ex-wife, but not testimony from one of the sheriff's deputies that witnessed my grandson slap himself in the face and pull his hair saying this is how mommy hits me. Protects a serial false accuser and throws a small child to the wolves. Very sad.

Other

Comment #: MD4247
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree that name calling will not help. This person is, however, one who makes ruling based on hearsay and speaking with others who are biased. I wrote to him after our case, and he answered saying it was unethical for him to answer me without notifying the other side. I guess that code of ethics was different when he went to the SAO for info AND allowed hearsay testimony. So sad these judges can play God with other people's lives...and the ones who suffer are the children.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4238
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I've come to believe he may be the worst judge in the circuit court! That would be
Great if he is off the bench soon!

Other

Comment #: MD4222
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My son's first divorce atty gave him advise as to items his e-wife broke into his house and took. Items he had long before they were married. She told him to file a small claims case against her to get them back. She also told him to go to the commissioner's office and file a claim against her for assault as she threw a glass at him and cut his foot open. He did both of these things and the opposing atty spun it to look like he is harassing her through the legal system. SAO advised her to do that. Wachs went along with it. There is no doubt he went to the SAO to discuss this case. In his decision, his mouth opened, it was his voice, but the words of the SAO. My son hadd false allegations of first and second degree attempted murder as well as first and second degree assault. A jury OF HIS PEERS acquitted him of all but second degree assault. He has said this to the judge and was chastised saying he minimized the offense. That is NOT the case at all!!!!!!! He is just trying to tell the court that of all the trumped up charges, the jury saw through her and acquitted him. They saw her child from husband #2 perjure herself on the stand, but we are the bad guys. How do these people sleep at night?????? How can they look themselves in the mirror???

Litigant

Comment #: MD4204
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It's interesting how when someone leaves a truthful statement about Mr.Wachs, he has it taken off this message board. Further evidence that the truth is an enemy to Wachs!

Litigant

Comment #: MD4199
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Time and time again Mr. Wachs makes clear he's NOT interested in getting to the truth. That would actually take time and effort and he's far too lazy for that.
Also, it's quite clear from his previous actions that he sides with whatever attorney he is friends with, or simply "likes better." Wachs is truly a mockery to the justice system and a truly indecent "human being."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4193
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very dishonorable. Lazy does not review his cases history. Definitely should not be a Judge.

Other

Comment #: MD4184
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Interesting. It would appear that Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. and Wachs are one in the same regarding absolute disregard for fact finding, Constitutional law and required review of evidence presented. Especially in family law cases. The parallels are highly suspect. Then again, the strong theme of this conduct is not a new discovery. Rather, an embedded stain in our jurisdiction.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4167
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I went into the courtroom to testify for someone else thinking that this would be a fair judge and therefore a fair trial. What a complete disappointment.

Other

Comment #: MD4166
Rating:1.0
Comments:
We were very disappointed that this judge determines his decision on hearsay, after hearsay, after hearsay. (and this is from his "expert" witnesses") What was most disappointing was that he did not seem to be able to discern what was the truth.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4165
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He did the same thing in my case.He ignored testimony of my eyewitnesses, but allowed his "witnesses/parents to repeat a ton of hearsay.
The first thing your son should do is file a motion to have Wachs recused from the case. And he needs to keep filing to get that biased pos away so he may have a real chance of getting his child back.

Other

Comment #: MD4164
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After getting the decision for our hearing, my son asked his Atty what his options were. He was told he could appeal, but it would be very costly and a panel of Wachs peers, so it would probably not go in his favor. Wachs said it disturbed him that my son showed no remorse for what he did....maybe because the only thing he did was try to fend off a lunatic who attacked him because he wanted a divorce. She did the same to husband #2. Feel free to check their records, neither of them had any domestic violence charges before her....neither have had any since her, funny how that works. Let's not forget the man she accused of attacking her at a hospital where she works. Let's also not forget her accusing my son of throwing a small dog against the wall. She accused husband #2 of killing her cat when it was she who applied too much flea medicine and killed it. Wachs allowed testimony of a friend of her's who never saw my son touch the dog, saying she now has the dog and it was so afraid it his under her bed for four yes. If she was not present when the alleged incident occurred, and is only repeating what she was told, isn't that hearsay???????? That's what I thought.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4157
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Md4156- I know what you mean! This "judge," as he calls himself has no business in family law. He apparently doesn't understand the concept of " family" and how very crucial it is for children to have all the love and support they can possibly get from ALL of their family member's from both sides. Wachs us truly a Wach job with no regard for the rights of Marylanders!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD4136
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It's sickening that rather than take that child's injuries seriously, he chastises you for reporting it! You know, I also had the experience of him refusing to look me in the eye. For just a second, as he was reading his nonsense decision, our eyes met. I tried to hold his gaze, but he looked away quickly and wouldn't even glance in my direction again! Not only is he fully aware what he's doing is wrong, he's a total coward. Hardly anyone's definition of an " honorable judge."

Litigant

Comment #: MD4135
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My 7 year old has shown up during supervised visitation with fingerprint-shaped bruises, a permanent scar on his forehead, where he got stitches from being shoved face-first into a table, he's had a broken arm, patches of haor missing, and numerous other cuts and bruises on different occasions. AA Co CPS did nothing, as they are lazy amd inept. Judge Wachs said he found it "concerning" that I mentioned all of these inuries. He said I'm more concerned with getting even than being a father. He then ordered me to have continued supervised visitation. If it weren't for supervised visits, some cowardly judge, like Wachs, would have convicted me of child abuse for those injuries based on the word of a serial false accuser.

Other

Comment #: MD4133
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Again, keenly unfamiliar with your case and background. Regardless, Wachs is not singular in the circuit court regarding ethical misconduct, legal errors and improper rulings bridged with clear violations of constitutional law. There is another sitting among him far worse. Trust me, the frustrations regarding these issues within the Fraternity / Brethren are just as angering. Imagine educating and immersing yourself in the area of law, only to raise before judges who refuse to honor the law and violate its spirit consistently. Regardless of a clear cut case for any client in this jurisdiction, it always depends on the judge, not the law. To reiterate, the media may be of some use but it may also be worthy your time in contacting the Commission On Judicial Disabilities as well as the FBI.

Caution: Remember, there is a significant difference between legal errors and misconduct, so organize and compose your information wisely and factually.

My sympathy for what you are enduring. Lastly, and one thing to understand here is that common sense is no longer common in this jurisdiction. The days of housing a complete panel of honorable judges in Annapolis Maryland are a thing of the past and very much missed. A tragedy in many respects which has sunk into a morass of corruption in family law. Good luck with all future endeavors regarding your case. I wish you the very best for a just outcome.

Other

Comment #: MD4131
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
MD4130-We have the CD's from the trial as well as all reports from court appointed officials. The mother of the child read aloud emails saying she falsified police reports, was reported to CPS by her daughter's school for beating her, left the same daughter at 12 yes old in the car in a bar parking lot at 1AM while she was inside drinking. It is a terribly sad situation. Our Atty was speechless after the decision. The mother also made the same allegations against husband #2. No common sense at all.

Other

Comment #: MD4130
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Understood and respected.

Other

Comment #: MD4129
Rating:Not Rated
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MD4128-I would be happy to disclose the opposing Atty, but not on here.

Other

Comment #: MD4128
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
MD4127- Curious, are you able to disclose who opposing counsel is in your case? Though unfamiliar with your case and without a factual background, have you considered media sources? If so, have your facts in order and case background prepared for presentation. Unfortunately, Wachs has always maintained a steadfast gender favoritism for female litigants in alimony and child support cases regardless of clear evidence against confirming malice. In past, we considered him a good draw. In present day, that consideration is no longer valid due to deficient ethics.

Other

Comment #: MD4127
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Let's not forget, it's COURT ORDERED every Sat. for three hours for the visits. Since the mother defies those orders, knowing she will get away with it, she decides to go to O C and cancel the visit. If we complain, her Atty says we are harassing her. Go figure. We know a guy who had a law practice in AA County and quit because of the corruption. As soon as we told him of Wachs decision, and how long it took, he said he talked to someone else to make his decision. Did he look you in the eye as he gave his decision??? I didn't think so. Our Atty was so excited after the first day of testimony saying no way will he not grant more visitation after the line of crap the mother threw out that day. So much for common sense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD4123
Rating:1.0
Comments:
No, it's not about retaliation. I had no problems with Mr. Wachs until he, for no justifiable reason, took my baby away.
Everyone is accountable for the bad decisions they make in life. This holds true for judges who contrary to what they think are under the same laws as the rest of us!

Other

Comment #: MD4122
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Trying to right a wrong is NOT being retaliatory, it is simply trying to right a grave injustice. A child is kept away from a good parent while the custodial parent is more interested in hanging out at the local bar(s). I said before, the child is not a pawn or accessory, but a child. Trial evidence clearly proved everything we said, but the judge deemed it necessary to speak to the SAO and NOT advise both parties. Unethical at best.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4021
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Actually, this has nothing to do with gender bias. It's about this judge being lazy and friends with opposing counsel. In my case, it was my husband making up lies and being vindictive.
Well, fear not! Mr.Wachs will stand before a Judge too someday. The mercy, or lack thereof, he's shown is what will be given back to him.
Besides, never give up! It may take time, but truth does win ultimately!

Other

Comment #: MD4012
Rating:1.0
Comments:
What a disgrace to his profession! There is no honor in this judge!

Other

Comment #: MD4008
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When a judge rules unfairly with evidence showing such, his authority becomes questioned and highly suspect. We have documentation that this is clearly what this judge did.

Other

Comment #: MD3937
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
re: post ND 3905, I have posted corrections twice only to have them removed. My sentence should read the child IS huRyan worse, not I'd hurt worse. I am doing a screen shot showing this correction for when it's once again deleted.

Other

Comment #: MD3930
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Unfortunate that a previous posting was removed as it's cogent content regarding this judge's extraordinary favoritism for female litigants stands accurate. Final judgements in many cases will confirm this to be a solid fact.

Other

Comment #: MD3905
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
While I am not happy to see someone else experience what we did with this judge, it is good to know we were not singled out. We had evidence that a little boy is abused by his mother, but we were accused of trying to retaliate against her. We have pictures of him with bruises on his little arms, on his face, scratches on his face, a broken arm, and stitches on his face, all while in the care of his mother. We documented his injuries and were reprimanded by this judge for doing so. I guess if it isn't documented and in our testimony, the judge can plead ignorance when the child I'd hurt worse. The mother is a serial false accuser, married three times, and made the same allegations against husbands #2 & 3. Neither of these men had any such allegations before her or after her, only during time with her. Hmmmm, seems strange to me, but then again, I am not an "honorable" judge. If this man is the definition of such, I would never want to be.

Other

Comment #: MD3613
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
United States is supposedly the land of laws. Its apparent we have become the land of lawyers who have no regards for the laws of the land.
I copied this from the FB page of a Baltimore City police officer. We are not the only ones who recognize this.

Other

Comment #: MD3534
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
On Saturday, I watched as a little boy came running through the yard to me so excited that it was Sat., and he was able to spend time with Daddy. You see, he looks forward to those three priceless hours. I promised him the week before that I would get out his Elf on a Shelf for the new Christmas season. I went shopping on Friday to get him Elf on a Shelf pajamas so he would have them for Christmas. I decided to give them to him early, so I set the Elf on the couch on top of the pajamas and wrote a note to my grandson telling him the pajamas were for him to wear on Christmas Eve. You would have thought he was given a million dollars. He played a video game with Daddy hanging all over him. He told us his sister went to spend the night with her dad, the other one who was falsely accused of domestic violence and sexual abuse. He wondered why his sister can spend the night with her dad, but he can't spend the night with his daddy. Would you care to answer that since you and the prosecutor made that decision? Would you like to explain to him that his mother made false allegations and runs to the prosecutor all the time with stories about how my son is harassing her with the legal system? He made a claim against her because she threw a glass at him and cut his foot open...oh, wait, she's a woman so that's okay. He was advised by his divorce atty to make the claim, he was also advised by his divorce atty to take her to civil court to get back the items she broke into his house and stole. Items he had before they were married. Her divorce atty must feel good at the end of the day going home when his wife or kids ask him how his day was and he can proudly say, I kept another kid away from his dad! Isn't that great, but at least we have another semester of your college paid for. They must be so proud of him! Would you like to come and try to comfort him when his three hours are up on Sat. and he has to leave???? I didn't think so. We are accused of being retaliatory when in actuality it is the ex-wife who is retaliatory because my son wanted a divorce. We all know the laws are biased. We were told you were a great, fair judge. Sorry, we didn't see that.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3291
Rating:1.1
Comments:
I was a witness at a custody hearing and am appalled by what took place. The plaintiff is a serial false accuser. This was her THIRD marriage, and she made the same accusations against husband #2. It's in the court records. She accused husband #2 of sexually abusing her young daughters, the older one now lives with him. My son simply wanted a divorce, she didn't. I have an email where she states my son wanted her to lie and say they were separated for a year so they could get a quicker divorce. She said the only way she would divorce him is to get FULL custody. During the criminal trial, my son was ridiculed by the prosecutor because he kept saying he was afraid of the welfare of his son. She said if you were so concerned, why didn't you do something about it? His answer, I did, and look where it got me. Our attorney was sure this custody case would go our way since the stories the plaintiff told were so outrageous. She even commented that if she ever doubted my son, her doubts were gone, she knew the plaintiff was lying. It took almost a month for a decision to be made. When it was given, my son felt like someone punched him in the stomach. We were made out to be conniving and vindictive. I am sure if someone made up stories about Wachs, caused him to lose everything he worked hard for and alienated his children, he would want that wrong righted. Go to case search, look up husband #2, clean record before her...many abuse charges while with her...none. My son's record, the same. This little boy loves his daddy. It is sickening to hear him week in and week out say he wishes he could spend 100 million hrs. with daddy. So, thank you, for your decision and enabling a serial false accuser. We have the CD's from the trial and case search docs. to back up what we say.

Other

Comment #: MD3290
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If you are a judge and you grant sole custody to a mother who reads an email in court, in which she admits attacking the father, while he held their 4 month old baby, because she was drunk, then it's time for you to be impeached. If you grant sole custody to a mother who reads an email in court, in which she discusses pointing a gun at the father while he held their baby, then you are a disgusting human being and it's time for impeachment. The best thing about this is that I have the official court transcripts on CD. There is no excuse imaginable for justifying that decision.

Other

Comment #: MD3286
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just read the story of Latiqwa Mayes, who was sentenced to 6 years in prison for falsely accusing a man of rape, which led to him getting beat to death. Michael Wachs has demonstrated that he condones such accusations. In fact, Michael Wachs has rewarded litigants and counsel in his courtroom for making similar accusations. Michael Wachs has also demonstrated that he believes it's in the best interest of children to be in the sole custody of a criminal who resorts to making false allegations to be malicious and retaliatory. For Michael Wachs to throw children to the wolves in the way that he does is criminal in itself. Yet, he gets paid $150,000 of our tax dollars each year to do just that. If you are a judge that believes children are better off with a criminal serial false accuser, then you're over due for an impeachment.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3282
Rating:1.0
Comments:
"American fathers are led down a primrose path every day in our family courts, often with disastrous legal results. They wind up in the Land of Gender Bias, where they are systematically stripped of their rights, often without the slightest idea of why it is happening to them. 

"If you think the mother-father disparity is outrageous, consider the sexual abuse syndrome, and how it affects visitation and custody disputes. Here, the judicial impotence and chronic blindness to men's rights would appall you. 

"Courts are supposed to approach cases of child custody, support payments, and visitation rights in what we call a gender-neutral posture. It sounds fair, and it is fair. But it is a myth. Judges are not enforcing these gender laws fairly, and few seem to care. 

"We will see more of these problems until fathers organize to demand fairer treatment. So get it together dads: You have a legitimate legal beef and you need to make this a public issue. Right now the courts don't hear you." 

- Judge Judy Sheindlin




As a side note, you'll never see an honest quote such as this coming from Judge Michael Wachs, who gets paid roughly $150,000/year in tax dollars to destroy families and leave children in harms way based on lies.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3121
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After the mother in a custody case read aloud emails in which she confessed to falsifying police reports about domestic violence, apologized for physically attacking the husband while drunk, and pointing a gun at the husband while he held their 4 month old baby, Michael Wachs granted sole custody to the mother and ordered supervised visits for the father. This is no exaggeration. It is verifiable through court transcripts, thank goodness!

Other

Comment #: MD2108
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Thank God for judges like Judge Wachs. It is wonderful to have a judge who is not hell-bent on having the woman win total custody and have the man shut out of an innocent child's life. There are women out there who cry domestic violence just to get total control of a situation. Thank God Judge Wachs recognizes that. There are other judges out there who recognize it, too, but they are too afraid to stand up for what is right, and just chastise the man and go on with life, which is very, very sad.

Other

Comment #: MD1562
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The only judge in the area with enough of a spine to recognize false allegations. Other judges are too blind and gutless to see the truth or do anything about it.

Other

Comment #: MD1497
Rating:10.0
Comments:
What a kind, understanding judge who LISTENS and PAYS ATTENTION to what he hears. He replaced the Honorable Judge anck who, in my opinion helped put a family member on the right track by believing in him/her. It is great to have a judge who understands the value of a father in a child's life, who understands that the child is not always better off with the mother. Thank you and God bless you for being who you are.

Other

Comment #: MD1381
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Outstanding judge, unlike some of the others that we are paying for. He is fair, non-biased, and honestly believes a father should be part of a child's life, not just a source for child support. He can see through the drama of the parent and the uncaring towards her children.

Other

Comment #: MD1374
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A breath of fresh air in a corrupt and biased system - so far.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1341
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Excellent demeanor. Cares about the litigants and children involved in the cases. Is careful and thoughtful.

Other

Comment #: MD1159
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is wonderful. A no-nonsense type who could finally see through the drama of the plaintiff. He seems to see the value of a father n a child's life and did something about it. I wish others would follow his lead and not be biased, especially seeing the way one of the parents behaved in his courtroom. Thank you Judge Wachs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1140
Rating:7.7
Comments:
Pretty straight forward judge and refuses to get side tracked.

He'll here each side out fully. Ask appropriate questions. Determines his ruling and explains it to the parties.

Not much drama on his part.

Do not expect him to rule on any motions that are not scheduled to be heard. He won't hear them.

Very business/judicial like.

Other

Comment #: MD1041
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Any person who lets a violent sex offender of CHILDREN out on parole without mandatory supervision... is NO BETTER than the criminal.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD740
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Good enough judge, but the light shining off his head can be blinding.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD331
Rating:9.4
Comments:
I have tried family matters before Judge Wachs and he is excellent at cutting through the nonsense and getting to the heart of the case. He definitely has a bias towards the wife and a paternalistic attitude that women must be provided for, as far as alimony and child support are considered. Having said that, he renders some of the most appropriate custody decisions I have seen in terms of being fair to both parents. He is a pleasure to try a case before. Very relaxed demeanor, good with child witnesses, focused on how to best conclude the case, very patient with litigants and witnesses alike, extremely conscious of the importance of the decisions that he is asked to make as far as custody matters are concerned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD326
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Very fair and even handed. Respectful to litigants and counsel. Works hard to get cases settled but does not pre-judge the case. Understands and applies the rules of evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD320
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Felt favoritism toward opposing counsel in conduct of trial and in outcome.