Hon. Crystal D. Mittelstaedt See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
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Litigant

Comment #: MD8463
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In my case you blurred lines. You took bad as good. You failed to enforce your own order. You allowed a man to move out of state with a child. You allowed a man to move with a child out of state without notifying the court.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8455
Rating:1.0
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Children need to be protected. Crystal Mittelstadet will not protect your child. Your child won’t be safe if your case is presented before Crystal Mittelstadet.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8427
Rating:1.0
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The words you spoke to me during my hearing were words to cause me shame and empower a man that moved with my daughter out of the state. There was an oddness displayed by crystal Mittelstadet in her play of words by stating... I took too long to report him moving after I advised that her dad never had my authorization or the courts authorization to move. There are no words to explain how my daughters life has been since. You have made women and children weaker and kept us in a position that we (women) know that it is not safe. You denied a woman a protective order. Subsequently she was murdered by the same person she asked you to protect her from. You have caused damage to many that will take decades to recover from.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8425
Rating:1.0
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In my daughters case, child abuse was reported to Crystal Mittelstadet, she stated that CPS was called too many times. Subsequently after trial it was discovered that the father and his sister limited the police investigators and Social Services access to the home and children in the home. The fact that Crystal Mittelstadet trivializes lives in cases presented to her is a gut wrenching. How can she be allowed to oversee cases involving the lives of children in need. Yes the cost to present a case in court is tremendous. The attorney fees and filing fees, should cause her to consider paying more attention to what can be done to protect a child BUT the cost of lives not being protected in her courtroom is immeasurable. She did not have the wisdom to say things did not add up in my daughters case. When on the stand she asked me if I called CPS. I stated I did and over a 2 year period, two other pediatricians called CPS in regards to my daughters abuse. Nothing was done to protect my daughter. I am so crushed that I have a hard time stating what has happened to my daughter since being in Crystal Mittelstadets courtroom. No one should have to fight so hard in her courtroom to protect themselves and their children. She needs to be investigated.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8419
Rating:1.0
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I spent hundreds of dollars on purchasing the court transcripts for my cases Crystal Mittelstadet oversaw. I came to grips that she will never understand the damage she has caused in my daughters life. Crystal Mittelstadet is not “ok”. Very accusatory language although there is no evidence of what she is accusing of. If I was doing what she accused me of in my daughters case then she should not remain in the role she is in. If I was doing what she accused me of, she should have ordered mental wellness evaluations, social services to check upon my other children and look that I formally be changed. To be honest I was hoping she did one or all of the aforementioned so that the father would have to abide by the rules. Crystal Mittelstadet is not “ok”. She can’t be allowed to operate in this manner and it not be reported to the Maryland Bar Association.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8416
Rating:1.0
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For you to be in a position to determine life or death (yes death) you lack authenticity. Your role and the weight you carry to decide life requires accurate appraisal. Authenticity requires you to operate in alignment with your “meaning “, your purpose in life. Authenticity requires knowing oneself in their purpose in life. You grumble in the position that you have. You grumble about the cases presented before you, when you should be looking at the lives that are in need of help. Yes help. No one wants to be in court . And nothing is worse than a person in your position trivializing live in your courtroom; especially a child’s life.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8413
Rating:1.0
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You don’t know how many lives you have ruined. If you did, you would make every effort to keep a child safe, implement conditions to keep a child safe and you would also enforce the order YOU make. The ripple effect of your decisions are immeasurable.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8376
Rating:1.0
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You are bias. You are part of the broken judicial system that is not sound minded enough to identify systemic biases and systemic racism. You selected information from my case to make the defendant appear better than what he was as a father to a child. That misrepresentation caused my daughter to be in an abusive situation. You blame instead of help. You have ruined lives of so many. The ripple effects of your faulty judgment is immeasurable.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8241
Rating:1.0
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NO one should have to fight to keep their child safe as they do with crystal mittelstadet. “Black lives matter” starts with BLACKS. It starts with leaders in positions to help not just be in a position for SELF and not community. Crystal mittelstadet is an absolute embarrassment to the Black community and she has faulty judgement in family cases.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD8060
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not an outstanding citizen. Definitely in the clas of Society People. Unaware and unable to stand or identify right from wrong.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD8057
Rating:1.0
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Without a doubt judicial misconduct complaints should be filed against Crystal Mittelstadet.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8056
Rating:1.0
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She has violated the rights of families for years. Please don’t sit back and watch. Contact the bar association.

Litigant

Comment #: MD8021
Rating:1.0
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I am saddened by this Judge that doesn’t know her role. And based on her history she won’t. It is very odd.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7973
Rating:1.0
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The weight of the lives you have ruined, especially children’s should weigh heavily on your mind every day. The senior judge needs to be removed and you too. When you take lightly serious cases of abuse and neglect it is a reflection of your intelligence. You both lack sharpness, awareness, and the ability to resolve family issues. The Governor will be made aware of the gross negligence of Mittelstaedt and Tillman.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7946
Rating:1.0
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No O’Neil Gods earth should have to battle a person placed in a position to make wise choices for the betterment of all involved. You are provoking. You are a clear example of abuse of authority. You are an embarrassment to the community you serve.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7940
Rating:1.0
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There was a period of time when teachers had tenure.They had no reason to do well because of this “hold” in their position. Get rid off a judges tenure and hold them more accountable and the system will change.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7939
Rating:1.0
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Judge Mittelstaedt lacks intellect. She is an embarrassment to the community she serves and her title

Litigant

Comment #: MD7938
Rating:1.0
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Judge Mittelstaedt has violated the rights of children and has compromised their safety.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7935
Rating:1.0
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Report Judge Mittelstaedt and the Senior Judge for misconduct in family court cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD7773
Rating:1.0
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She is the worst. During my case she took a break to get her damn teeth cleaned. I lost my son because of her and The Prince George's County court system, My ex husband is a county officer and has has my case thrown out twice by those crooked ass people who work for the system. I stood No chance to began with

Litigant

Comment #: MD7677
Rating:1.0
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Judge Mittelstaedt, you are called upon for direction and assistance during a difficult period in a family's' life. It is not a time to make light of heavy. The disconnect between you and facts in cases are obvious. There is a lack of understanding the consequences to the orders you set in place for people. You speak like it is not my life and oh well. You make conclusive remarks. Not at all able to identify issues that need to be address for the best of all. You have power and show use it wisely and humbly. You are not able to handle the authority you were given. You are unable to uphold the position you took an oath for. You failed many.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7645
Rating:1.0
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I do encourage you to contact Governor Hogan's Office and the Maryland Bar Association. The Administrative judge is aware and has done nothing to look into the gross misconduct of crystal Mittelstaedt with children and family court cases. It is a minority community being violated.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7644
Rating:1.0
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I encourage all on behalf of their children and family members to contact the govonor and Maryland bar association in reference to crystal Mittelstaedt .

Litigant

Comment #: MD7630
Rating:1.0
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Judge Mittlestaedt fails the community she was appointed to serve.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD7564
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Extremely biased towards prosecution. Ignores evidence and case law. An overall arrogant and unpleasant person.

Other

Comment #: MD7563
Rating:1.0
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This judge ignores evidence, outright refuses to follow case law and is very biased against male litigants. She needs to be censured.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD7562
Rating:10.0
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Very Professional

Litigant

Comment #: MD7465
Rating:1.0
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I pray for the Chief Judge to place children and families first and look into every case Mittelstaedt has ruled on. The gross disregard for quality of life speaks volumes to judge Mittelstaedt ‘s character as a judge. She can not be looked upon as a judge with good moral character and legal knowledge to protect innocent victims. She is a blatant extension of abuse.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD7452
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Should not be allowed to govern over family cases.

Litigant

Comment #: MD7451
Rating:1.0
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In 2006, Judge Crystal D. Mittelstaedt denied a Protection Order application made by Jackie Lewis. Jackie Lewis was killed by her boyfriend. It is 2018 and the gross neglect of her duties still exists. For the Senior judges not to take every complaint seriously about judge mittelstaedt, is gross neglected their duties. Every case involving a child that judge mittelstaedt has ruled on SHOULD be looked into. Shame on the family court system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7398
Rating:Not Rated
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Good temprement, nice person.

Not too bright.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7395
Rating:9.0
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It is a pleasure to try a case before Judge Mittelstaedt. She was very considerate, patient, and fair to all involved. It is not easy to regularly be involved with family law litigation and she not only handles the role with dignity and fairness, she made my job of trying a case much more pleasant.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6831
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Poor grade judge.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6806
Rating:1.0
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My daughter didn't have a voice. You denied her a best interest attorney. She is going on o have ptsd. She is 4.5 hours away from me.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6805
Rating:1.0
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Judge Crystal Mittelstaedt granted sole custody of my daughter to her Dad after he never requested it. He has moved out of state with a little girl. I see her 4days a month. I am numbed every time I pick her up and she is smelly, wearing soiled underwear and dirty clothes. I take an extra 4.5 hour drive once or twice a month to chaperone school trips pick her up or meet with teachers. He has not placed me on me 6 year old daughters contact sheet after asking. Her teacher shared that she only can identify/read 25 out of 125-150 sight words. Please leave my post. I will repost with out reservation. This situation was /is embarrassing and degrading . No resolution but a horrible judge making decisions she is not qualified to.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6790
Rating:1.0
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The ACLU needs to be made aware of PG county Maryland Judge Crystal Mittelstaedt and the Chief Judge.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6768
Rating:1.0
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Absolutely unprofessional.

Litigant

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

Litigant

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

Litigant

Comment #: MD6547
Rating:1.0
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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
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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
Comments:
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
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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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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.