Judge Had Denied RO; Father Released on Bail
“She is terrified that he is going to come back and finish the job, and nobody will do anything to stop him…But Andrea is more concerned about her kids. She is terrified for them.”
Melissa, friend of Andrea’s
Andrea was shot four times in the middle of the night with her four children, ages 5 to 12, in their home in Houston, Texas. Two of the children ran “in a panic” to the neighbor’s house.
Andrea’s ex is captured on videotape going into and out of the house at the time of the shooting. It was a well-planned attack. He turned off the power, disabled the home alarm, and brought a friend to help him.
Andrea’s friend says her ex began harassing, stalking and breaking into her home after their divorce. She called the police many times, but they never arrested him. Andrea had applied for a Restraining Order, but ironically, it was denied by a judge who had campaigned as a victim of domestic violence, Judge Barbara Stalder [pictured].
Andrea survived the shooting with major injuries requiring multiple surgeries.
Incredibly, the D.A. did not charge her ex with attempted murder, only aggravated assault and burglary, as if he had been there as a thief, shooting her as a by-product of a theft, rather than as an angry man out to destroy his ex. He was apparently gave a discount being it was "just" the mother of his children.
Unbelievably, Judge Amy Martin granted the father bail. She ordered, ridiculously, that he stay more than 200 feet away from her, knowing full well a piece of paper has not stopped violent men from murdering their exes and children when they are angry at losing control.
There was a custody hearing scheduled for later that day, supporting the reason for the attempted murder was his anger at loss of control.
Judge Stalder knew he was a danger to Andrea and denied her a protective order. Judge Amy Martin knows what a danger he still is and has allowed him to go free anyway.
Judges Martin and Stalder are perfect examples of the countless women judges who support systemic male entitlement, selling women out for a warm seat at the old boys’ table.
SHAME on Judge Barbara Stalder and Judge Amy Martin!
She Wanted a New Restraining Order. She Got Shot 4 Times.
TWC NOTE: Andrea’s case makes it obvious that getting more women judges on the bench is not going to stop the custody crisis, because systemic male entitlement is upheld by both male and female judges. We need a new system where judges do not have the power to take and endanger our children and ourselves. Join The Women's Coalition to support our fight for the Child Custody Act:
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[Pictured: top left: Judge Amy Martin; middle: Andrea; top right: Judge Barbara Stalder; bottom: Andrea and kids]
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.