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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Other

Comment #: MD5826
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A monster who delights in trying to ruin the lives of others! I sat in his courtroom and can honestly say I've never seen such unprofessional, illegal conduct. An incredible display of arrogance. Wachs represents everything that's wrong in AA County.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5817
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I truly hope Wachs has a chance to reflect today on the wrong he has done to so many other parents and their children.
I know this year was my second mother's day spent without my child. Not because I was abusive towards him, do drugs, am promiscuous. No, I just had the misfortune of having Wachs illegally assigned to my case. ( illegally because there was already a different judge assigned to my case when for no apparent reason it was "reassigned" to Wachs.) of course, I now know that Wachs and my husbands attorney, Timothy Mummert, are friends and that it really just boils down to corruption.
However, the cost for this corruption has been too high.
I have seen my child once this entire year! But, Wachs' friendships with lawyers means more than my little boy being with his mother who has always been good to him so,he could give custody to a rapist.
Wachs' "friendships" mean more than upholding the law he swore he would uphold.
This is why Wachs can absolutely be compared to Aaron Persky. Both "judges":feel men have a right to rape if they so desire, believe men have rights and women do not since their only purpose is for mens pleasure, and most definitely both believe when they are on that bench they are not bound by any law.
Unfortunately, many of Wachs' victims have become apathetic. Wachs knows, I am NOT apathetic! I will keep fighting for my child.He is worth it! What Wachs did was wrong and when my book is published, within a few months, everyone will know who Wachs is and what he did! This is my constructive way of dealing with the injustice.
I only hope Wachs, when he is recalled and everyone sees him for what he is, will feel like I did when he took my child. I want Wachs to cry constantly and feel the agony I have while enduring the injustice he caused.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5748
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Another one that needs to be trained on domestic violence and classic abusers. What a horrid excuse for someone who is to uphold the law! This "judge" is unliked by many, for good reasons!

Litigant

Comment #: MD5593
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Pathetic excuse for a "judge." He sucks ....

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5434
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
From the patterns of condescension, and the misrepresentation of logic, I thought maybe it was an official statement from the Spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County family law system. Seems like someone else that O'Malley would've appointed.

I predicted O'Malley would make a fool of himself by showcasing his delusions of grandeur in the national spotlight. The joke's on me. He had the support of a whopping 3% of Marylanders, and that 1 guy from Iowa. If more people knew of his track record for appointing judges - looking your way, Jeffy - even those little numbers would plummet.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5341
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Judge Wachs is complicated. He has skill and intelligence but appears to be motivated by politics rather than cases. At his best he is a very good Judge, at his worst, he can be as bad as it gets. Generally, very state oriented. Not someone I truly trust.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5214
Rating:1.0
Comments:
To the grandparents who are being deprived of their grandchild due to Wachs' decision, you may have options for civil action. My parents are looking into it.
Of course, Wachs is on the record as saying my parents are" not significant in Seth's life."
Clearly a blatant, vile thing to say about someone's grandparents. I'm sure Seth will have something to say to Wachs about that someday.
Anyway, you weren't a main party (mother, father) so you may have legal ground. Go through your transcripts again.

Who knows, maybe a class action grandparents suit against Wachs could be in the future!

Litigant

Comment #: MD5211
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Wow, already truthful Comments are removed. What is his problem? Is he really that frightened people will find out about him? Is he decent enough to be embarrassed about his gross miscarriages of justice? Is he trying to censor taxpaying citizens of this country? Or, maybe he really is just plain old nuts!
Nobody can fight truth! It always comes out, it will in this case too!
Wachs will be exposed!

Other

Comment #: MD5171
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Just a thought. assuming the facts provided here are correct, by recusing himself from case, he's shielded himself somewhat. When proceeding forward, do so intelligently, factually, and review relevant law language involving this matter. Remember, committing judicial error is not sanctionable conduct under the quidelines set forth by the commission. Even so, there is another judge in this county who committed clear judicial errors, made aware of those errors by more than one counsel, then willfully proceeded forward committing same and additional errors without reprimand regardless of judicial codes of conduct.

Worth mentioning as even when irrefutable evidence submitted regarding this (sanctionable) conduct is mysteriously interpreted otherwise, it provides further clarity highlighting irresponsible conduct involving a self policing industry. Good luck on a just outcome.

Other

Comment #: MD5156
Rating:1.0
Comments:
17th century Salem called. They want Wachs to go work for them.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5131
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Arrogant, lazy and spiteful! Makes false reports when you appeal his "decisions" or report him to the judicial misconduct board! What a sorry excuse for a "legal expert!"

Other

Comment #: MD5109
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'll let the one star rating speak for itself!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5002
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Without a doubt one of the laziest, most disorganized, inept people sitting on the bench. Awful "judge" and awful person!He really doesn't belong in a position making crucial decisions.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4983
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Wachs stripped me of all parental rights claiming a diagnosis of depression (brought on by years of abuse and control) somehow made me "unfit." Not only was this a total violation of mine and my child's civil rights, but according to all doctors I've consulted with, it's "ridiculous!"
Since his decision of 5/7, I've seen my son 3 times. I'm supposed to have 1 phone call a day, but my ex husband males sure he distracts him so very little communication takes place. Really what Wachs did was give more control to a controlling monster, while allowing him to actually use my child as a pawn. [Redacted by Ed.]

Other

Comment #: MD4976
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
MD4966, I definitely agree his rulings are due to the attys, not the law. If our family had not lived through what he's done to us, I would find it hard to believe these posts. Dirty police, slimy attys and bad judges. He took blatant hearsay evidence at our trial. He listened to a woman read emails saying how violent she is, she lied to police and STILL ruled in her favor. We listen to a seven year old tell us his older half sister went to live with her dad because mommy wouldn't stop hitting her, he has had numerous injuries while solely in his mother's custody. Go ahead and ask why we do nothing. We did and we're told we were retaliating. So, Wachs, when something really bad happens to this child, sit there and scratch your head wondering why. The judicial system is a joke.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4966
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I wouldn't say he's " soft on crime," certainly not in all crime anyway. However, I will agree that his decisions do appear to be based on the attorney, not on laws of evidence.

Other

Comment #: MD4962
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
An advocate for parental alienation. We have not seen our grandson in almost 6 months. My daughter has not seen her own child in over 1 month. This is the doing of Wachs. He, for no legal reason took my daughters son completely out of her custody. Despite her many witnesses calling her a good mother and even her husband and his 2 witnesses, his parents, attacking her character and NOT her parenting, Wachs nonetheless has attempted to deprive an innocent child of half his family! [Redacted]

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD4958
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Having tried clear cut matters before Wachs regarding spousal abuse and seeing how he argues for the other side as if indeed their attorney, I couldn't agree more. He has actually become 100% pro-man and gives the impression women have no value and hence, no rights. It wouldn't break the hearts of most attorney's in this jurisdiction if he were no longer sitting on the bench. It's impossible to see him as judicial, or even take him seriously!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4955
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Wachs' courtroom is such a circus, such a blatant display of fraud, that my accuser, when questioned as to why she never reported an attempted rape until our custody trial, claimed that Asst State's Attorney Anastasia Prigge told her to keep her testimony concise. My accuser's lawyer, who knowingly made false allegations also, quickly chimed in to contradict his own client's story and say that any acts that may have occurred were consensual. Meanwhile, none of the acts described ever occurred, consensual or otherwise, which is why they were never previously mentioned. Opposing counsel was concerned that his client was taking her false allegations too far. It's all on transcripts. I have the CDs. Rather than do his job and acknowledge the obvious perjury taking place, Wachs ridiculed me for "trying to discredit" my accuser. What's the alternative?

Other

Comment #: MD4901
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
An inquiry from a curious viewer. Are the cases recently discussed available for public viewing elsewhere online?

A complete background of information would be helpful in understanding the totality of cases.

Other

Comment #: MD4884
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Relevant voices silenced raises suspicious and curious minds abound. Just a shared thought from informed peaceable viewers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4626
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
At least I use facts instead of going angry, illiterate rants like calling other judge's kids retarded. Keep your filth on your Mont Co posts, you ignorant piece of ghetto trash.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4527
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It's a very sad thing that a message board like this has to exist. That the knowledge that judges who are supposed to be the epitome of justice and integrity have allowed themselves to fall in such disgrace, is so rampant. Even sadder, though, is "court staff." [Redacted by Ed.] As if she admires the power to play with people's lives. Social worker's are supposed to have compassion and seek to help people, not see what they can do to harass them and make their problems even worse. And, what about the children? These innocent children who love, want and NEED both their parents in their lives? [Redacted by Ed.] Now, people exercising their freedoms to post are harassed by someone who must think much too highly of themself? I appeal to you, court staff, you please get some help! You, along, with your sidekick Wachs have hurt countless people and created insurmountable damage in the lives of several men, women and children!
As for me, I'll continue to post what's necessary on here and fight for my child! Tomorrow, I'll be calling the board of social work examiners to see how my complaint against the " custody evaluator" is coming along [Redacted by Ed.].

Other

Comment #: MD4518
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Granted sole custody to a woman who got so drunk that she pointed a gun at her 4 month old baby. How thoughtful and capable of him. Recently, my son told me that his older half sister went to live with her dad because "mommy wouldn't stop hitting her." This was witnessed by a sheriff's deputy. I can't think of a bigger coward than someone whose job it is to protect children, yet they make a conscious decision not to.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4509
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This rating is left in 100% good faith, is non threatening, and all claims are verifiable. I been falsely accused of attempted murder, attempted rape, domestic violence, child abuse, animal abuse, and more. These allegations were made by someone who falsely accused her second of three husbands of domestic violence and child molestation in order to gain a custody advantage. All expert witnesses in my case - two sheriff's deputies, a custody evaluator, a social worker from the YWCA, and a court appointed forensic psychiatrist - put their reputations on the line, in spite of these allegations, and recommended that I have unsupervised visitation with my son. Jeff Michael Wachs, however, found it "concerning" that I tried to discredit my accuser. She even read email confessions in court in which she boasted about how crazy and vindictive she is and how she will say and do anything to get even. She also admitted, in the same emails to attacking me, but blamed it on the alcohol. In this same email we discussed her attackung me and POINTING A GUN at me as I held our then 4 month old son. She read aloud emails in which she confessed to falsifying police reports against me in the past. The thoughtful and capable judge decided that I saved those emails to get even. While in the mother's sole custody, by age 3 my son had had a broken arm from being chased and shoved into a door, a permanent scar on his forehead from stitches he received after being shoved face-first into a table, and fingerprint-shaped bruises. A social worker and sheriff's deputies suggested that I document my son's condition during visits. Jeff Michael Wachs, however, also found it "concerning" that I check my son for signs of abuse. A sheriff's deputy was hushed on the witness stand, on the grounds of hearsay, for trying to explain how my son told us his mom slaps him and pulls his hair. Shortly after my last hearing with Wachs, my son showed up for a visit with patches of hair missing. This is what happens when you play games with peoples lives and the safety of their children. These are just a few details of my story. They can be verified through court transcripts, photos, and witnesses. These details and more are included in my open letter, regarding the rewarding of false allegations and the ignoring of textbook signs of child abuse, that I'm wrapping up. I also mentioned in my letter that I anticipate retaliation, most likely in the form of more false allegations, for speaking up with my story. The tone used by the "court staff" in the comments only reaffirms that expectation. Anyone delusional enough to suggest that the system is infallible doesn't deserve to work for the system. If I am fabricating any of this, then I am at least guilty of libel. Let's open an investigation and see who has something to hide.

Court Staff

Comment #: MD4385
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have worked with Judge Wachs for several years. He is a capable and thoughtful judge. That fact is clearly demonstrated by his decision to deny custody to the – clearly disturbed – parent who has posted 50 offensive diatribes on this site in the last 3 months. Please seek help before you hurt someone.

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 #: 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.

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.

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."

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.

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."

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

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.

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 #: 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.

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.

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.

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.