"I am in fear for my life and in imminent danger of my husband. I've been pushed, shoved, thrown down, choked, hit in the breast..."
Star to Family Court judge
On Sunday, Star was stabbed to death by her ex in front of their son.
Washington State Judge Carin Schienberg had denied Star’s pleas for protection for both herself and her son. Visitation with the documented-violent father and their 8 year-old son continued.
Star had repeatedly told the judge she feared for her son’s and her lives. She related multiple violent incidents to the court dating back to at least 2017. Star told Judge Schienberg that her ex had threatened, hit and choked her multiple times.
But, despite her repeated, credible reports of physical and emotional abuse over the course of many years, Judge Schienberg denied the requested Protective Order on the grounds there was “insufficient evidence”.
“Insufficient evidence” is the go-to judicial finding to justify an order entitling and empowering the abusive father over “his” woman and children, often coupled with some way of discrediting the mother.
The problem is clear: judges have too much power in deciding custody and visitation. There is great pressure from the patriarchal powers-that-be for them to keep men empowered and entitled in their family domain.
Star’s son is going to suffer immensely due to Schienberg’s discriminatory ruling that led to the murder of his mother. She should be removed from the bench, however, getting rid of individual judges will do nothing to end the crisis. Women must unite and demand a new system.
CANDLELIGHT vigil for Star: Sat. 4:30 pm
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[Pictured: Star (left); Star with son; Judge Carin Schienberg (bottom right)]
Cindy Dumas, M.A. has been researching, writing, and raising awareness about the Custody Crisis since 2003, when she was unable to protect her children from their abusive father. She fled into hiding when Family Court failed her and was tricked into returning home, when her children were given to their abusive father.