Report: #347659

Complaint Review: Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Megan Maher Brennan

  • Submitted: Sat, July 05, 2008
  • Updated: Tue, February 26, 2013
  • Reported By: Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan
  • Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Megan Maher Brennan
    Coleman A Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave
    Detroit, Michigan

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I think there may be thousands of unjust and unfair child custody rulings that have been made by the Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court.

This is a true tradgedy of our American Judicial Process. The Wayne County Family Court process has failed and injured our children, and their futures.

My joke is that all Judges should be replaced by a computer with artificial intelligence that decides the case on the facts and data. But really, I'm not laughing...

That the Judges emotions, egos, insecurities, lack of training, unqualification, unfair appointments by Governors, bias, discrimination, fears, anger, mental attitude, lack of ability to interpret the law, etc should not enter into the Courtroom or cases involving minor children.

I have been a Defendant in the Third Judicial Court "process" since 1998, so ten years of cruel and unusual punishment.

I have had 12 Judges assigned to case, and the buck continues to be passed.

The most horrific and damaging one is Judge Megan Maher Brennan.

She was appointed by Governor Granholm in 2005. Her background was employment and business law. Why does Governor Granholm appoint Judge Brennan to now work in the Family Court?

It's called job security, let's scratch each other's back, and forget about the children and families of Michigan.

I'll summarize the story:

- Ex-husband (plaintiff) files 8 change of custody motions against me, mother of two children in the last ten years.

- Last child custody case filed while I was going through a divorce (again). The two ex's teamed up together against me.

- All kinds of motions and cases through-out the ten years that the Third Judicial Court continues to hear that are frivolous.

- Cost the family to date close to $350,000.00

- Children have no college funds or anything..

- Judge Brennan assigned all legal costs to me during the 2007 case.

- I own my own home, same home in Grosse Pointe for the past ten years, which is now in foreclosure.

- I had a five year business in downtown Birmingham which I started from the ground up, which closed due to the legal, financial, and emotional pressures during these two cases.

- I went from Birmingham to Bridge Card thanks to Judge Megan Maher Brennan.

- I filed bankruptcy and had to write-off more than $500,000.00.

- I am currently unemployed and must restart my life over.

- Judge Brennan appointed Ms. Linda Souve of Souve Pendracki and Burks in Southgate as GAL.

- Ms. Linda Souve, who indicates she is close friends of Judge Brennan's charges more than $6200.00 for her "services" for one child. I researched and found out through Court administrative order 1998-04, that at our stage in the case, no more than $575.00 should have been paid to the GAL by both plaintiff and me.

- I was told upfront off-the-record by Ms. Linda Souve that I would lose custody of my two children.

- Judge Megan Maher Brennan ordered a Lien to be put on my home because I could not pay the GAL, Ms. Linda Souve.

- FEMC Michael Ferrera writes a unfair, no facts, all hearsay from ex, report that states I should have 4 hours of supervised parenting every Sunday after raising my two children (joint physical and legal) for the past 14 years.

- I spoke to Micheal Ferrera of the FEMC after he wrote his report, and he told me that the Judge never listens to his recommendation of supervised parenting.

- Yes, I had to pay the total $1500 for the report. Mr Ferrera starred at my chest during the interview and indicated in his report that my top was "tight".

- Judge Megan Maher Brennan conspired with Linda Souve and Michael Ferrera and supervised parenting is exactly what she wanted to order.

- I relinquished custody of the two minor children as a result of the frustration, lies, deceipt, corruption, financial gain, pain and agony, suffered by the Third Judicial Circuit Court and Judge Megan Maher Brennan.

- I attempted suicide, and was that distraught, after losing everything, including my children.

- I have documented and wrote more than 100 letters to the Court and others this year, complaining about their process and what they did to my family. This has been my healing process and help from the church.

- Since the change of custody May 2007, my children have done horrible.

- My ex has not allowed me any visitation or telephone calls with the children for more than one year.

- Judge Megan Maher Brennan ordered the parenting time to be decided by my ex-husband.

- There has been 21 runaways by my daughter, amber alerts/missing persons, drug use, alcohol use, sexual activity, failed grades in school, brainwashing, physical violence , you name it..

- I filed an emergency change of custody January 2008 once these problems grew out of control. It is still pending before the Court, now before the third Judge.

- Judge Megan Maher Brennan removed herself from the case during all the problems.

- My ex has two child protective services investigations pending now (July 2008) regarding his emotional & physical abuse and neglect of the chilldren.

- My ex has filed an incorrigibility case against my daughter and asks the State of Michigan to take custody of her. He wanted her locked up in Juvenile.

-Referee Allen from the Wayne County Juvenile Detention orders a trial for my 15 year old daughter to be heard in Juvenile Court, although the child now lives with me...

- She is a good kid, but her father treated her terrible and she rebelled. She ran-away most of the time back to my home.

- There have been more than 40 Police Reports for our family since Judge Megan Maher Brennan forced the change of custody.

- My daughter now lives back with me, and is getting counseling, and other help.

- My daughter never sees her brother now.

- I see him only through the supervised parenting in Redford every Saturday ( not holidays) for 2 hours per week.

- The new 2008 FEMC reports that the children should live with me and I never should have been Ordered with Supervised Parenting.

- Now that a new Judge (Lombard) has been assigned, I am not sure when the child custody trial will begin.

- I am African American and my ex is white. I have experienced the treatment of the black parent of bi-racial familes time and time again from this white court in Detroit.

- I obviously am not racist, but have been racially discriminated against for ten years in the Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court regaring my children.

- I have met another mother with the same set of circumstances in the supervised parenting. Words cannot express..

I am speaking out because I know for a fact I am not alone.

I think we good parents (white and black) should speak up and speak out!

This is done to protect our children and take them out of the evil clutches of this Court

I want to organize a Rally/Protest in front of the Court before this November election.

If you are interested in speaking out and letting the Court know we will not accept this, please contact me...

Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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#1 Consumer Comment

Woah, this is just devastating!

AUTHOR: Mrs. Anonymous - (USA)

I too am a victim of the Third District Court. Specifically a victim of Judge Authur Lombard. (If you type in Judge Lombard my story should come up and another lady has written about him in the comments.) This is just tragic what happened to you and my heart and prayers go out to you and the others. Thank God for Ripoff Report to allow us to expose this. I posted my story after reading another Mothers cry from injustice due to this court system which included Judge Lombard.

Our custody battle began in early 2008 after my ex, his mother and sister moved and hid our 2 year old daughter from me because I got married to a good man. They said they didn't want another man around her. Eventually my husband and I found her. How? My ex had her over his girlfriends house (at the time) and he beat her up and she called the police and they arrested him and took our daughter to the police station as well. That's where my husband and I picked her up. Even though I did everything that Judge asked of us and my ex did nothing (which is expected from his nature) for some reason Lombard gave physical custody of our 2 1/2 year old daughter to my ex!

There was plenty of evidence against my ex from the very beginning of our case through-out the case. --Sex Offender 3rd Degree (registered for Life) --moving from house to house      --not reporting his addresses to the registry  --busted for selling drugs while living with another one of his girlfriends and her mother --driver license revoked --warrants --my husband and I both had PPO's on him --beating up girlfriends --my ex was incarcerated for a week which my lawyer found out, called me and his mother was keeping my child which she had to bring back to me and she didn't want to. . . Just to name a few. I'm not perfect but I don't have any type of record unlike my ex plus I was the ONLY one that took care of our daughters needs while he focused on partying. (I was 18 and he was 20 when we started dating and he gradually became abusive.

After I had our daughter, when I turned 19, God showed me a way out and I took it and changed my life for the better.) I'm a white lady and my ex is an African American. My husband is also African American (He's a very good man, husband as well as father and he loves his stepdaughter as his own and our biological son the same. We are his life. He also has a good career.) and we've been married going on 6 years this summer. Judge Lombard, my ex, his mother, sister and which ever girlfriend he has at the time took us through hell and the court systems has sucked us dry of any money we had. What do I think? I think Judge Lombard is Biased. He's far from honorable. The Courts are suppose to PROTECT US & OUR CHILDREN!! Instead they just take us for all we have and throw us and our children to the wolves! This makes me wonder what we needed a lawyer and Judge in the first place? None of this makes sense. The more stories I read the more I am convinced that the system has failed the people; they were put into place to protect! God Bless the people that have been done wrong. This is beyound sad that now you're going to be standing face to face with Judge Lombard to break your heart even further. Good Luck Ma'am. I'll be praying for you.
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#2 General Comment

Another Victim! (Except I'm a father!)

AUTHOR: Eric - (United States of America)

Ladies, it's not just you, some of us men are victimized by Judge Brennan, and I use the term "Judge" loosely. My ex-wife was violent towards myself and my 3 eldest children from a previous marriage, of whom I had sole physical custody of. Then came the stalking... Judge Brown heard the initial divorce case and after she stepped down from the bench, at least I think she did, my case was transferred to Brennan, whom at first, I thought was going to be as fair and impartial as the first judge...boy was I wrong!

Despite having successfully raising 3 children as a single father, having shared custody of my youngest child, raising 2 step children and caring for my current wife, who is now permanently disabled, will require extensive back surgeries, is being monitored for cancer and takes 40 pills per day for a severe seizure disorder, Brennan dismissed any and all evidence of me being a good and loving father/step father, of my ex-wife's abuse, neglect and stalking, and made me out to look like a bad guy!

I am an EMS worker and have been in public safety for 24 years, giving back to what ever community in which I live and even doing charitable work. But for some reason, Brennan and Wayne County FOC, seem to think that a mere 50k per year job is the same as what a rock star or Hollywood type makes.

I had a heart attack this past year and was advised that I probably should not be working in the stressful environment that is of Detroit EMS. (Being shot at and assaulted frequently, while servicing sick and injured patients.) So as a result of my heart attack, and my current wife's constant need to be monitored, I was backed into a corner and had to resign after 12 years of service with the City of Detroit. 

She refused to hear any of my evidence of my health, nor would even acknowledge that my wife's health is in a constant state of decline, refused to hear about the abuse/neglect/stalking that was reported on my ex-wife, and was even dismissive when I advised her that I had been accepted into 2 courses that would increase my level of medical licensure and that I was preparing to enter a Bachelor's program in Emergency Management, which are all close to my residence, and once completed, would allow me to make better money so that I could better take care of my family's needs and be closer to home to care for my wife's medical needs. 

I have to agree with everything that I have seen here about Brennan. She is incompetent, cruel, unkind, unjust, dismissive and volatile. It is obvious that she is corrupt and has not one iota what she is doing on the bench in regards to lives of the children or the families that love and care for them.

When I left her courtroom today, I was disgusted, sick to my stomach and completely sickened to how she just sat there and dismissed all that I said. (I am in pro per as I can not afford an attorney.) I told her, (Brennan) that if, "I was such a terrible father, that I would have fled the state years ago and dodged my parental duties. But I did not your honor, I stayed here, I worked and paid my support religiously all while trying to maintain my relationship with my children. Instead, my ex-wife has made it impossible to have that relationship with my children and she has flatly refused my access to them, has been unwilling to work things out so that visitation can occur." 

After my brief tirade, I am frankly surprised that I was not found in contempt of court, but I was to such a point of frustration, that I let loose. Brennan then dismissed my objections and ordered that my support increase, despite the fact that I have very little income and that she ceased my visitation with these 3 children. What kind of monster is she!?
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#3 Consumer Comment

Also a victim!!

AUTHOR: Michele - (United States of America)

I am also a victim of the Wayne county family court system. Ironically, my case involves the law firm of Linda Souve and Michael Pendracki as well! It seems that this law firm uses the same agencies in all of their anti-mother campaigns, as well as the same scripted methods to victimize children and mothers, subjecting them to unjustified and costly programs....all with the same negative outcome. Why are they referring families in Wayne County to a facility/program in Canton (Livingston county)? It's my opinion that these attorneys are receiving a financial benefit ie; kickback, from these referrals. Additionally, the attorney for my ex husband violated my HIPAA rights repeatedly, and the judge allowed it. However the attorney objected to evidence that contradicted hIs bogus and ridiculous claims, and Judge Charlene Elder granted the motion to exclude CPS reports, which absolved me of abuse, ignored testimony from a 30+ year police officer about my ex's bizarre and ridiculous behavior, and upheld a motion by my ex, despite clear medical evidence that the motion contained outright lies, by my ex and his attorney. My 15 year old daughter has subsequently missed 96 days of school, and failed 9th grade, in the custody of my ex husband, who by his own admission in court, travels on business more than 50% of each month! This court system victimizes the very people it is supposed to protect.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Johnny Cockran was a criminal defense attorney

AUTHOR: Karen - (U.S.A.)

Johnny Cocokran was a criminal defense attorney, and not in family law
I have three attorneys in my immediate family. If you don't think for one split second that race matters in court hearings.... you are lost.

Let Johnny RIP!
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#5 Consumer Comment

Where is Johnny Cockran (sp)?

AUTHOR: Mike - (U.S.A.)

Ah, he's dead.

Johnny Cochran died March 30, 2005.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Where was Johnny Cockran when you needed him?

AUTHOR: Friendly Help - (U.S.A.)

Jonnny got O.J. off, which should have been impossible. This 'case' sounds like it should have been a slam-dunk for Johnny....... 1/2 hour of his time, no more.

Get some P.R. help. Enough heat will bring most things to a boil.
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