Hon. J. Michael Wachs See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
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General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


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Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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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.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3570
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Once again we had our weekly supervised visit. This week, there was an interesting comment that came out of nowhere as soon as he took off his jacket. The comment was, I know how I got this mark on my head, I was running around a table in the basement and there were magazines on the floor and I tripped on them and fell into the table. Before, he told a story of how his sister pushed him into the table. One of the deputies, not the one who was here yesterday, but another one ALWAYS say he is coached and questioned when he goes home. It seems as though either someone is reading these posts and relaying the message or the SAO is once again in touch with the plaintiff. Interesting fact, I wrote a letter to the interim SA regarding the behavior of the prosecutor in the original case. She had one of her employees send me a friend request on Facebook. I wonder why????? I am an open book, I will truthfully tell you anything, but it seems as though this judicial system does not like the truth, the made up stories seem to be much more appealing. Of course, all of this is documented too. Collusion???? In our vaunted justice system???? A judge that would go outside of the courtroom and involve others without telling both sides???? Nah, not here. I think a talk from Judge Judy is in order, she reviews her cases and makes a decision in 15 min. She sees right through those women who cry domestic violence to punish the child's father. Next door neighbors of this couple in an adjoining townhouse heard nothing, saw the plaintiff the morning of the alleged incident without any marks on her, were scared to death to testify for fear she would do something to their vehicles or their dogs. They told my son's atty if anything happened to their dogs or property, it would be her and to tell the prosecutor. They were bullied when they were questioned. According to the prosecutor the neighbors were contacted by my son asking them to testify for him. That is a blatant lie. They contacted my son's ex-girlfriend and asked her what happened. When she told them, they said that is a lie, we saw her that day, and there was NOTHING wrong with her, no marks, calm, cool and collected putting things in her car. They asked for the name of my son's atty so they could tell him just that! What casual acquaintance neighbor would lie for you???? Hey, the prosecutor knows the ex-wife was lying, but it is more important to her to get a conviction rather than to say I made a mistake. It is all going to come out real soon.

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 #: MD3528
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Today, I had another 3 hour weekly visit with my son, supervised, because of the Mother's false allegations. This time I had to comfort my son as he started to cry when it was time to leave. This is the effect that J. Michael Wachs has on the community. J. Michael Wachs is complicit in the crimes of false allegations and child abuse. J. Michael Wachs took an oath to uphold the law and protect Marylanders' rights, yet court transcripts prove that he does the direct opposite. He is a monster and needs to be disbarred ASAP.

Other

Comment #: MD3440
Rating:1.0
Comments:
They say my son and I team up to get things to go our way, no one says anything about the plaintiff having her daughter lie for her on the stand....this is documented. When we started to say something the opposing atty didn't like, he objected, at least once stating, however a friend of the plaintiff was allowed to testify about a dog that was allegedly thrown against the wall by my son. She did not see it happen, the plaintiff told her. Isn't that hearsay???????? Law's change where the plaintiff is concerned and all the while the court says we are acting in the best interest of the child. How is it in the best interest of the child when as soon as he got here on Sat., he was counting on his fingers how many days until the next Sat. so he can see Daddy again. Who does that to a child??? They say my son refuses to take accountability for domestic violence. He is supposed to take responsibility for a woman attacking him and he tries to get her off??? There is email upon email where she admits to violence, the court chose to ignore those. Why??? The SAO got involved without our side being advised. How do we know that??? There were things brought up that only she would know, like she alleged my son reported her. She and my son along with her boss would be the only ones to know that. I watched a program today where they were talking about people who are arrested and how to tell if they are innocent or guilty. The guilty are very quiet as they have their story all planned out. The innocent scream from the rooftops they are innocent. My sons screams are ignored, but the silence of his ex-wife speaks volumes. I copied the following from an article I just read and I couldn't agree more. Act now to minimize damage to you and your children's future. Research Judicial law because the Judge is wrong. Lawyers don't care about your kids best interest. No one lives w the consequences of injustice but you and your children. All I can say to that is AMEN!!!!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3419
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Michael Wachs is a rapist of human rights. He condones beating the hell out of small, defenseless children to the point if broken bones and stitches. If you try to raise concern over your child's injuries, Michael Wachs will punish you by further alienating you from your child. This is in spite of the child talking to authorities openly about how his mother and half sisters caused his injuries. Michael Wachs is a monster for being in a position to help, but instead continuing to perpetuate false claims. Michael Wachs had a choice to be a hero, or to be a coward. Wachs chose the latter.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3319
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge MICHAEL WACHS is the reprehensible face of family injustice in Nazi, Maryland. I was ordered to have supervised visitation only based on false allegations of domestic violence, attempted rape, and attempted murder. During the course of supervised visits, my defenseless 6 year old had suffered a broken arm from being chase at home, fingerprint-shaped bruises on both arms, stitches from being shoved face first into a table, and multiple cuts and bruises on his face. He's also spoken openly and unprompted in front of sheriff's deputies about the abuse he suffers at home. If it weren't for supervised visitation, I'd be a convicted child abuser and some arrogant POS judge like MICHAEL WACHS, supporter of child abuse and false allegations in court, would chastise me for not taking accountability for it. As for the false claims, none of the expert witnesses seemed to believe them as they all recommended unsupervised visits. This suggests that pro child abuse and pro false testimony Judge Michael Wachs either isn't smart enough to do his job, or he is guilty of collusion with opposing counsel. My son's mother's lies are so desperate and outrageous that no one is that damn stupid that they believe them. That leaves the collusion theory. Michael Wachs was just throwing a bone to opposing counsel at the expense of my son's mental and physical well being. Michael Wachs needs to be impeached. I am 100% confident the public will agree with me, given all the details. It's only a matter of how far the MD Judicial Disabilities Commission, or the MD General Assembly is willing to stick their necks out for this pathetic excuse for a human.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3316
Rating:1.0
Comments:
And, for the record, as stated by two deputy sheriffs that testified, we DO NOT speak badly of the mother...we do not speak about her at all. We did the first visit, after that, nothing. However, the child comes to us saying mommy said if you as me any questions, say mind your own business old lady, mommy said you look like a witch with that red hair, daddy, mommy said your ears are too big for your head, mommy said bald people are stupid, mommy said she is the only one in the whole wide world that loves me. We could never even get a good assessment from a psychologist as he is prompted as to what to say. Despicable. Now, do you understand why we feel the way we do about the justice system???? I thought these things only happened on TV. Oh, and why is it the domestic violence incident now has eight versions? You see when you lie, you can't remember what you say. When you tell the truth, it just comes freely.

Other

Comment #: MD3314
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Once again, we sat through a supervised visit where a sheriff's deputy scratched his head wondering why the visits are supervised. The custody hearing we sat through was horrendous. The lack of common sense is appalling. If you have emails read by the plaintiff that clearly say she made false accusations, we have vials of medications that were stolen from a hospital at which she worked, she said she didn't do it, but I personally called the mfr and got the info of where they were delivered, and it was the hospital where she worked. Her atty told me I said I slept with my bedroom door locked because I was so afraid of my son...why would I allow someone to live with me if I were so afraid? He also said my son stole from me...that NEVER happened. Again, why would I allow someone who stole from me live in my house? IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. Two sheriff's deputies testified, a social worker, my son's PO, and a forensic psychologist, ALL of them saying my son should be able to have unsupervised visits...ALL OF THEM!!! The opposing atty loves to talk about my son being charged with second degree assault, but tries to cut people off if they say he was aquitted of more serious charges. This is an atty that brags about "being in bed with judges". This child has had a broken arm, stitches in his head, finger shaped bruises on his little arms...the deputy sheriff who was here that day asked my grandson how he got those and he said he fell on rocks at school. The deputy's comment was yeah, rocks shaped like his mother's hands, although that is not what he testified to. It is in the report of the social worker, however. We have all the documentation, CD's from the custody hearing. Wach's mouth opened, his voice spoke, but it was the words of the prosecutor. You see, he went to her after the hearing to get input....WITHOUT telling our side, gotta love the ethics! One thing we have on our side, our atty did her best, was on the up and up, did nothing unethical. She was sure we would get more time. She said we could appeal, why??? Three judges of Wachs peers? What is the chance of it being overturned? The pompous, arrogant attitude of the opposing atty is disgusting. It is all going to come out and they are going to get the attention they want, on a national level. KARMA...love it!

Other

Comment #: MD3310
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Impeach Michael Wachs now!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3309
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Impeach Michael Wachs for endorsing the crimes of false allegations and perjury, and for rewarding misuse and abuse of the legal system. Worst of all, Judge Michael Wachs ignores child abuse. Injuries include fingerprint-shaped bruises, cuts and scratches on both eyes, stitches on the forehead, and a broken arm. A sheriff's deputy testified, before getting cut off, that the child talked openly and unprompted, about the abuse he endures at home. Impeach Michael Wachs now! Impeach Michael Wachs now!

Other

Comment #: MD3308
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Impeach judges that reward false accusers!

Litigant

Comment #: MD3307
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When you reward a 3 time divorcee, who sinks so low as to falsely accuse her 2nd husband of child molestation and domestic violence to win a custody dispute, then falsely accuses the 3rd husband of attempted rape and attempted murder to win custody, it's time for your impeachment. Obviously, the 2 sheriff's deputies, custody evaluator, cherry picked court psychiatrist, and the social worker from the YWCA weren't impressed by her fake performance, since they all recommended unsupervised access to the child for the father. Yet JUDGE MICHAEL WACHS, whose name should be synonymous with "cowardly judges that enable child abuse and false allegations," defied every expert witness and recommended supervised visitation. This is after hearing testimony of how the child clings to the father during visits. This is after the mother read an email confession of falsifying a police report to be vindictive. It's time for impeachment. For $150,000 tax dollars per year, Marylanders deserve much better!


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Other

Comment #: MD3299
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My ex wife had a reputation for being a violent drunk in our old neighborhood. I have cell phone video of her accusing me of poisoning our son. She was not joking. She read an email confession of falsifying a police report saying I pointed a gun at her. She then warned me to never call the police on her because she will say and do anything to get even. Judge Michael Wachs went on record as saying he finds her more credible than me. I don't believe its because MICHAEL WACHS is too f'n stupid to see through the lies. I thinks it's simply because he's on better terms with opposing counsel. MICHAEL WACHS has shown by his actions that he supports using false allegations to destroy lives and leave children in harmful situations. He is likely the best candidate for impeachment in Maryland. I feel that if the public sees proof of my claims, they will support my plea for impeachment.

Other

Comment #: MD3298
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I can't believe the comments from 2012 and prior which praise this POS. He should be stripped of his black robe and made to wear a little pink dress because he's too much of a pathetic sissy to do the right thing when he sees an obvious case of serial false allegations and child abuse. I do believe the comment about Wachs releasing a sex offender with no supervision. I also agree with the comment that Judge Michael Wachs is every bit as guilty as the child abusers that he enables.

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.