Hon. Crystal D. Mittelstaedt See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
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)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Crystal D. Mittelstaedt


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Litigant

Comment #: MD6768
Rating:1.0
Comments:
i actually feel sorry for this Judge. For her to not be aware of her role to not just argue the law but direct for the betterment of all, she should not be in her position. These judges do not hone skills to be in positions that directly effect people in society.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6740
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Mittelstaedt did not make herself familiar with my case before sitting down. She was more impressed with the defendants lies and impressed with superficial things than the quality of life for a child. I am sick to my stomach that this Judge is allowed to hear cases in family court.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6738
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She should NOT be allowed to govern over ANY Family /Domestic case. She is a reflection of the low standards America has accepted.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6708
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The trivializing of lives by this Judge is concerning and heartbreaking. It takes zero talent to manipulate people and events. A 2 year old has mastered manipulation. You have deeply rooted issues Judge mittelstaedt and I don't believe you are well enough to oversee family court cases.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6665
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Absolutely unprofessional.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6647
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I pray for her to recognize the harm she causes.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6572
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I hope the Maryland State's Attorney is aware of this Judge.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6547
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My heart doesn't feel good knowing that Judge Mittelstaedt has been allowed to make life changes for families in need of direction and help. My heart doesn't feel well knowing she is using her platform for self gratification and NOT for the betterment of women, men and children, all who are in desperate need of help. I AM HONESTLY SADDENED TO MY CORE, TO HEAR THIS JUDGES WORDS TO HUMANS IN NEED OF SOME AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE AND SHE DROPS THE BALL. THE COURT SYSTEM HAS DROPPED THE BALL.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6546
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I know better than judge Mittelstaeedt. I know better to maintain decorum. Her character in her own courtroom is unruly for a Judge. I do care what others think about me and my conduct is a vital part of me. my credibility , my trustworthiness and integrity is all part of me, Judge mittelstaedt displays no credibility, trustworthiness or integrity.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6545
Rating:1.0
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If Judge Mittelstadt was a Medical Doctor, she would have been sued for Malpractice. Her License would be revoked.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6544
Rating:1.0
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Judge mittelstaedt doesn't know What the Letter of the Law is.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6543
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very abnormal.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6540
Rating:Not Rated
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This is the Judge that denied a protection order to a woman. The woman was murdered by her boyfriend shortly after Judge mittelstaedt denied the order. Judge mittelstaedt boldly justified her reasons why she denied the young lady's order.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6515
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I've watched this judge grant immigrants citizenship to the US and custody to their caretakers with no problem. They came over here illegally and was granted stay. During my Cus today case she denied every right I had as a mother to protect and do what's best for my child. Not only did she seem racist to her own kind but woman in general. This woman favors the fathers and gives them what they think they deserve as an parent. With ALL the evidence and facts being brought to the table. There was no eveidence from my child's father during my case. She went off of word of mouth with everything he lied about in court. She's very arrogant and think she's superior in every way. She does not arrive on time to any hearing that's she's doing. After waiting an hour each hearing she robbed me of my rights as a mother. She abuses her authority to make decisions that SHE thinks is right for the child with all evidence being brought to surface.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6459
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The statement below was for D.C. Judge Jeanette Clark but it very much applies to Judge crystal mittelstaedt in pg county.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6458
Rating:1.0
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You are a low caliber judge. I am confused and won't ever understand how you, judge Jeanette Clark can speak about the grade of individuals in your court room BUT your character is just as poor. You are not an example of high quality. Take a look at the young man in Philadelphia that made the news this week by being an example of greatness to a group of young teens. You are in a position that you should not have. The unfortunate situation is that the judicial system knows that you are violating children's and parents , especially mothers rights and do nothing about you. I will be in contempt in your courtroom and will be more than willing to pay the price to let the public know you are a fraud and the D.C. Courts are too by allowing you to preside over cases that you are not capable to guide .

Litigant

Comment #: MD6455
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I've watched this judge lecture pro-se litigants on the importance of having an Attorney and then turn around and violate their rights to due process.

This judge will allow Attorney's to commit fraud in her court knowingly against Pro Se Litigants as if your right to Due Process is dependent upon your representation or lack thereof.

Irrespective of rulings... Stating to a Pro Se Litigant she will not offer special consideration because they are not represented, while at the same time objecting to evidence, testimony, questions WHILE a person whom has representation Attorney doesn't say anything is doing what she said she wouldn't do.

Ex. Watched a woman who was Pro Se be objected from the bench certain testimony and evidence while the other party had an attorney who didn't lodge any objections... then turn around and watch this Attorney introduce video evidence which wasn't properly requested beforehand with a motion and she let it fly.

Ex # 2 Allowed an Attorney to remove key court generated evidence from a case file which wasn't known until trial. Then committed fraud stating the evidence was never there. After trial the evidence was found had been scanned into the system and found.

If you're a Pro Se Litigant make sure you get a complete copy of your case file in PG County. She is a special appointment by Martin O'Malley who needs to be recalled. She thinks only citizens who have Attorneys deserve due process and even then she is impervious to reason.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6335
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unaware Judge.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5820
Rating:1.0
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Judge Mittelstaedt is basic/ elementary and rather low-grade for a judge. Excuse my terms,but there is no ther manner to make you aware of what this judge is. A VERY DIFFICULT to deal with situation happened in my case presented to this judge. But the only way you can understand how low- grade Judge Mittelstaedt is, is for me to state that it was a case involving a sex offense of a minor.My child on several occasions while in th custody of the other parent. Judge Mittelstaedt stated that the use of Social Services was abused. During counseling it was established that because of the age of my child at the time of the
events, the events will be remembered by my child. As a parent if I knew about these events and did not report them, where would that leave me or my child? Then Judge Mittelstaedt would say that I had knowledge about the abuse, but did nothing.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5809
Rating:1.0
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For judge Mittelstaedt to have gone through the tough, grueling application process to become a judge, her being on the bench says a lot...either she was pushed through for equal opportunity reasons or the process itself is a farce.
Time will come when she will be pushed out by a more satisfactory attorney/judge or she will be removed like Judge Richard A. Plumbo.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5799
Rating:1.0
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The audacity of this Judge, to sit on the bench and govern over someone's life as though it was a social experiment. The audacity of the Court/Judge Adams to allow Judge Mittelstaedt to rule in cases involving Domestic Violence / sex abuse/ emotional abuse/ manipulation. I am not at all attempting to be demeaning, but Judge Mittelstaedt is inadequate and she doesn't possess the knowledge, skill, discernment, to understand or oversee such multiplex cases.

Other

Comment #: MD5763
Rating:Not Rated
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This seems to be commonplace in this state. It is crazy in AA County too. My son's ex-wife is a serial false accuser and accused both him, husband #3 and husband #2 of DV. She also accused a patient at a hospital where she worked. No one can see a pattern here. The judge in our case said he has no doubt she is violent, but that's not why we are here. She has full custody of the child and my son has supervised visits. Go figure!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5762
Rating:1.0
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As a Mom that prides herself in being honest and one who instructs her children to be honest, I was taken aback by this judge's lack of ability to see the truth. The ability to see the truth is crucial when deciding a the future of a CHILD'S LIFE.Judge Mittelsteadt's ruling has left me feeling powerless in protecting my daughter. She has left me and my daughter without a voice. This judge is an extension of abuse in my daughter's life.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5753
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Mittelstaedt placed my daughter in an unsafe environment. In my case, Judge Mittelstaedt ignored evidence and witness testimony. The Court System is flawed. The victim gets blamed and the abusers use the court to continue their abuse. She allowed schemes, technicalities, blatant lies and manipulation of her, and her courtroom to thwart justice to protect a child.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5728
Rating:1.0
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Judge Mittelstaedt ability to carry out judicial responsibilities WITH integrity, impartiality and competence is SEVERELY IMPAIRED. In my case she followed and agreed with a previous order,instead of looking at a case involving sex abuse of a child though eyes to protect the victim. She had the ability to put in place a safety plan for the victim,but instead blamed for social services being contacted too many times.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5649
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Doesn't care whether you have a valid claim, with always defer to the Banks with their fraudulent presentations of alleged evidence. The public doesn't stand a chance.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD5543
Rating:2.0
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Impervious to reason, but if she likes your firm, you will always win no matter how bad your argument.

Litigant

Comment #: MD2358
Rating:1.0
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My second time in front of this lady and she has sided with my children's father. With all the evidence that I brought to the table, she still had a confused look on her face and talks as if what I was saying wasn't true. My children's father had been arrested before and I had evidence that he was arrested for almost killing me, but she still sided with him. Somebody needs to take her off the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1695
Rating:Not Rated
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Terrible judge! This judge should not be on the bench. She does not know the law and doesn't take the time to find out. She rules in favor of the father in most cases I've seen, ripping children from their mothers. She should be removed from the bench. There's nothing honorable about a judge who chooses sides before the case even starts and no matter how much evidence, she rules in accordance to side chosen based on nothing. She is perplexed by the simplest laws on the books. She saw no issue with my children being exposed to crack cocaine, guns, alcohol, & sex while with their father. She actually asked "Haven't they always been exposed to these things"--even though she had ripped them from their mother and made them live with their father a few short months prior. It only takes to sit through her cases to see she doesn't have a clue. I suspect payoffs because she can't possibly be that unintelligent.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1296
Rating:Not Rated
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Horrible Judge! My son had lived with me for 12 years. I was Active Duty Military for eight years then worked at the Pentagon for 7 years. My parents and other relatives have always lived 10 minutes away from since my son's birth. My son made A's and B's and was heavily involved in Church and sports year round. My son's father (who is also in the Military) had decided to keep our son while he was stationed in England after a summer visit. I had emails of blackmail from his father demanding that I provide a notary that he could have custody of our son for the next seven years. Needless to say I had to get an Attorney. Long story short, my case was not scheduled long enough (only 1/2 day). His father showed up alone (without his wife and three other children.) I was questioned and grilled on the stand for 4 hours straight by my son's father Attorney, only to run OUT of time. The case was extended and scheduled "2 1/2 months" later. Now his father shows up with his family and has had the advantage to hear "all" of my testimony so he and his Attorney could prepare his LIES! To make a very long story short the Judge stated that I WAS A FIT parent, however gave physical custody to his "military" father because his wife was a stay at home mom and they lied about almost everything. Now my son has been shifted from three different schools, has been refused visitation, his father left the country for 10 months and told my son and his wife not to tell me (I had to contact his job to discover that he was gone) and the laundry list goes on and on to include poor school grades! Although his father and I have joint legal custody, because of the outrageous litigation by Judge Middlestastd and continued outrageous behavior of my son's father and wife I have had to obtain another Attorney to fight for my rights with my son! Thanks Judge Middlestastd for making such an unintelligent decisions. You give custody to a man who has displayed repeated poor character and parental guidance. Thanks alot for all the hell you have put my family and I through. I hope you sleep well at night because for two years now I have been crying every single night because of the "injustice" you have done for me. If you are reading this, if at all possible avoid having the court system dictate your family life...especially when some are not well versed or simply lack just and clear judgment. Not all judges, but certainly Judge Middlesteadst. My story can absolutely become a movie. I have never in a day in my life mistreated my son. I served my country for eight years, worked at the Pentagon as a DOD Civilian, and obtain my college degree while being a mother and father to my son for 12 years. My son has turned out great because I laid the foundation. I was so shocked at the verdict. I simply fell down on my knees crying like a baby. I have obtained copies of the transcripts so when my son becomes a man and have "mature" reasoning he can listen to every single word that was said and he can hear first hand the many LIES that his father and wife told. A few weeks after the case, I went back up to the court to look into my case file to see if there was something that I missed or that was said that could have possibly convince a Judge to take a child from his mother after 12 years while being an great student and well rounded child in the community! My case files consist of about 20-30 pages! I found nothing that could possibly have caused this. Thanks for screwing up my life Judge Middlestead. I am still fighing for my rights! I will share my story with anyone who will listen. I thought about contacting news stations because you have to hear and see it to believe it! If anyone wants to contact me, you can email me at thesystemfailedus@yahoo.com

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1295
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible judge! My son had lived with me for 12 years. I was Active Duty Military for 8 years then worked at the Pentagon. My parents and other relatives have always lived 10 minutes away from since my son's birth. My son made A's and B's and was heavily involved in Church and sports year round. My son't father (who is also in the Military) had decided to keep our son while he was staioned in England after a summer visit. I had emails of blackmail from his father demanding that I provide a notoray that he could have custody of our son for the next seven years. Needless to say I had to get an Attorney. Long story short, my case was not scheduled long enough (only 1/2 days). His father showed up alone (without his wife and three other childeren.) I was questioned and gruled on the stand for 4 hours straight by my son'd father Attorney, only to run OUT of time. The case was extended and shceduled "2 1/2 months later. Now his father shows up with his family and has had the advantage to hear all of my testimony so he could prepare his LIES! Long story short. Judge stated that I WAS A FIT parent,however gave physical custody to his fatehr because his wife was a stay at home mom and they lied about almost everything(very long story) Now my son has been shifted from three different schools, has been refused visitation, his father left the country for 10 months and told my son and his wife not to tell me (I had to contact his job to discover that he was gone) and the laundry list goes on and on to include poor school grades! Although his father and I have joint legal custody, because of the outrageus litigation by Judge Middlestastd and continued outrageous behavior of my son's father and wife I have had to obtain another Attorny to fight for my rights with my son! Thanks Judge Middlestastd for making such an unintelligent decisions. You give custody to a man with who has displayed repeated poort character and parental guidance. Thanks alot for all the hell you have put my family and I through. I hope you sleep well at night because for two years now I have been crying every night because of the "injustice" you have done for me. If at all possible avoid having the court system dictate your family life...especially when some are not well versed or simply lack just judgement. Not all judges, but certainly Judge Middlesteadst. My story can absolutley become a movie. I have never in a day in my life mistreated my son. I served my country, worked at the Pentagon as a DOD Civilian, and obtain my college degree while being a mother and father to my son for 12 years. My son has turned out great because I laid the foundation. Thanks for screwing up my life Judge Middlestead. If anyone wants to contact me, you can email me at thesystemfailedus@yahoo.com

Litigant

Comment #: MD1217
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She didn't care that my son's Dad was a documented liar. She didn't care that the circuit court illegally allowed the psych. evaluator, Jeanne Allegra to not be subpoenaed unless I came up with $1,500.00; She didn't care that my son, who's now in his Dad's care has failed out of Eleanor Roosevelt & is barely passing Northwestern. She didn't care that my son's Dad lied in court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1071
Rating:3.3
Comments:
A nice person but utterly unable to understand complex issues. You can see confusion on her face when presented with difficult matters. But she is certainly pleasant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD759
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have the utmost respect for Judge Mittelstaedt.

Other

Comment #: MD758
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Mittelstaedt was extremly knowledgable, professional and fair-minded. She treated the pro se litigant with the same level of respect that she treated the attorney representing the other side. I wish that all judges on the bench in Prince George's County Circuit Court were as respectful as Judge Mittelstaedt.