Hon. H. Richard Duden III See Rating Details
District Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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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)
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General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4767
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Jeff Michael Wachs of AA Co supports the following criminal behavior:

My ex-wife used the system to try to end my life. She falsey accused me of attempted murder, attempted rape, false imprisonment, domestic violence, and more. She even went so far as to forge a letter from my mother to Assistant State's Attorney Anastasia Prigge, saying that I'm a danger to the ex and the children. It's clear that Prigge knew the letter was bogus because: 1)she never contacted my mother to speak to her about the letter; and 2) she is recorded in court transcripts as saying "someone claiming to be" my mother contacted the SAO. It's a classic Freudian slip. If Prigge believed my mother did it, she wouldn't have used the language, "someone claiming to be..." Finally, this letter has never been produced for inspection to see a fax#, signature, or return address.

My mother did in fact contact Prigge, asking that she look deeper into this case as the ex wife has a history of false allegations. She falsely accused another of 3 ex husbands of DV and child molestation. She confessed in emails to falsifying police reports against me. It's documented in other police reports that she's made false claims against me.

My mother also wrote to Frank Weathersbee, while he was in office, multiple times, but was ignored. She wrote to Anne Colt Leitess, when she was in office, and was ignored until former Asst. State's Attorney Brian Marsh sent her a friends request on Facebook, presumably to try and dig up dirt. I have a screenshot to prove it. This is the culture in that courthouse. They play games to cover up the misconduct of their colleagues, rather than address real issues like professionals.

I have pictures, evidence of prior acts, and a forensic biology report from AA Co police that shows my blood on my clothes after being attacked by the ex. She's been arrested for assaulting me before, neighbors have witnessed her attack me more than once, friends have witnessed her attack me, she admitted in emails to getting violent, and even Wachs is documented as saying he believes she was abusive. When I filed charges with the commissioner's office, Anastasia Prigge violated my 14th Amendment right to equal protection by having the charges unjustly dismissed.

Since then, my child has had a broken arm from being chased, stitches on the forehead from being shoved face-first into a table, fingerprint-shaped bruises, patches of hair missing, and numerous other cuts and bruises. This was all by age 6, while in the mother's sole custody.

In spite of the bogus allegations against me, every expert witness in my case - 2 deputies, a YWCA counselor, court psychiatrist, and custody evaluator - recommended I have unsupervised visitation with my child. I doubt all these professionals would put their reputations on the line and support me if they believed any of the ex's lies. Wach defied them all and used 1 lie after another as his reasoning. It's all well documented in court transcripts. My child even told sheriff's deputies how the injuries happened, but deputies were hushed on the stand on grounds of hearsay.

I suspect collusion between Wachs, Anastasia Prigge, and opposing counsel. Nothing else adds up, unless Wachs is the most inept judge on the planet. I'm not crazy and I have a psych eval from a cherry-picked psychiatrist from the court to prove it.

I've come to anticipate retaliation, and more false allegations when I seek help. If you read this, please help spread the word. My story is not hard to validate. Likewise, if I'm lying, it wouldn't be hard to prove. The problem is getting someone from our reprehensible system to conduct an investigation from a place of objectivity.

They're too lazy to deal with a case that requires something other than their cookie cutter approaches; too afraid to undermine the bogus reports already made by their colleagues; too inept to see the truth; or they just don't care enough about human beings and our rights to do their jobs properly.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4735
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
JUDGE JEFF MICHAEL WACHS IS A THUG WHO PROMOTES CHILD ABUSE, USING CHILDREN AS WEAPONS, FRAUD, PERJURY, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, FALSE ALLEGATIONS, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, AND MORE.

WACHS AWARDED SOLE CUSTODY TO A WOMAN WHO FORGED A LETTER FROM MY MOTHER TO THE STATE’S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SAYING I'M HOMICIDAL. WHEN MY MOTHER TESTIFIED OTHERWISE, WACHS SAID HE FINDS IT "CONCERNING" THAT MY MOTHER AND I WORKING TOGETHER. IT'S IN TRANSCRIPTS. THE LETTER HAS NEVER BEEN PRODUCED FOR INSPECTION.

It's time to stop pretending that AA Co police don't lie.

http://sbynews.blogspot.com/2011/04/18-county-police-officers-untruthful.html?m=1

It's time to stop pretending that false allegations aren't commonly used as weapons in custody disputes, and that Anne Arundel County CPS is competent enough to spot false allegations, or courageous enough to speak up when they do see false allegations.

http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2011/07/falsely-accused-man-awarded-852k.html?m=1


It's time to stop pretending that MD judges are devoid of corruption.

http://www.the-chesapeake.com/2015/06/16/judge-cougar-audrey-creighton-leaves-the-bench-while-her-burglar-boy-toy-lover-cools-his-heels-in-prison/

It's time to stop pretending that MD judges are considerate of a parent's pleas for help during custody battles. It's time we stop letting them get away with that "best interest of the child" line, as they abuse their authority to create silent victims of parents and defenseless children.

http://m.nydailynews.com/news/crime/boy-3-died-pushed-swing-2-days-article-1.2276884

When I pointed out the countless blunders in my case by MD state and Anne Arundel County workers, Wachs mocked me by putting the word, "conspiracy," in my mouth. I don't ascribe to conspiracy what I've seen demonstrated by laziness, cowardice, ineptitude, and lies.

Whose logic do these headlines support?

Other

Comment #: MD2998
Rating:1.0
Comments:
All ratings have been erased except this one....pretty scary. Again, this Judge is letting a rapist possibly go free. Refused to sign off on a computer that was seized w a search warrant. He wont let detective access any info from computer that may help a woman that was brutally beaten and raped by the owner of computer. The perp is also on probation. He is a white male, his lawyer is an ex public defender from Montgomery County Md. The system is broken.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2991
Rating:7.7
Comments:
One of the hardest workers on the bench, he is knowledgeable and cares very much about what he is doing. He sometimes gets impatient with lawyers who he feels are wasting his time.