Kudos to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) for smashing down the roadblocks to the confirmation of New Hampshire Judge Susan B. Carbon as the new director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women.
Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), said in a press release:
We could not be happier to have such a dedicated leader as Judge Carbon to help create a society where violence against women is not tolerated and perpetrators are held accountable.
When I first heard about Judge Carbon’s nomination, I was ecstatic. She and I graduated from DePaul University’s law school. And, y’all know how I feel about litigation abuse.
This afternoon I’m doing a happy dance after reading Sen. Shaheen’s endorsement of Judge Carbon in the February 11, 2010 Congressional Record:
Every 2 minutes, someone in this country is a victim of sexual violence. Every 52 seconds, a woman is victimized by a spouse or a partner. These crimes devastate victims’ lives. They shatter families. They often create fear in whole communities. The Office of Violence Against Women leads our Nation’s efforts to prevent these deadly crimes and to identify, capture, and punish the perpetrators. . .
Yet despite a unanimous vote by the Judiciary Committee back on December 3 of last year that recommended Susan Carbon’s confirmation, unnamed Senators have blocked her confirmation for 2 months.
. . .it was JUDD GREGG, the senior Republican Senator from New Hampshire, who first recognized Susan’s capabilities and potential. In 1991, then-Governor GREGG appointed Susan Carbon to be a part-time district court judge. After I became Governor, I appointed Susan to be a full-time judge. Because of her commitment to ending domestic violence and her expertise in family law, she was named the supervisory judge of the family division in New Hampshire, a position she still holds.
Susan Carbon is exceptionally qualified to serve. . .leading voice in New Hampshire on domestic violence and family law, and she has been the driving force behind so many of New Hampshire’s efforts to strengthen legal protections for victims of domestic violence.
. . .frequently serves as a faculty member of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. . .
This morning I read a heart-breaking post on RightsforMothers about Judge Robert Lemkau, a clueless twit of a judge in California. On January 14, he told a mother who was trying desperately to protect her child from his abusive father:
One of you is lying, and I think it’s you.
A few days later, her son’s father killed her baby and himself.
I’m hoping one of Judge Carbon’s first priorities will be to put a stop to the manipulation of the legal system as an instrument of abuse. There are way too many Judge Lemkaus on the bench and too many judges on the bench who abuse their own loved ones behind closed doors.
Bravo, Senator Shaheen!
Congratulations, Judge Carbon!
Update: Nancy Carroll, who writes the Rights for Mothers blog, discovered Judge Carbon taught other judges that PAS is bogus. Great work, Nancy!