Input On Pima County Family Court Sought, #nomoresilence

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By Cynthia Cruz-Oxman

This year will mark the fifth holiday season we are without my granddaughter. She is one of the many children who are victims of a dysfunctional family court system. A system where judges ignore laws and rules of the court and are not held accountable. A system where the primary goal is more about racking up billable hours for family law attorneys and assigning as many “experts” as needed to keep the fight going. “In the best interest of a child” as a focus has long been forgotten.

Two weeks ago I spoke, once again, before the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Two other parents also spoke. I expressed my objection to one of the candidates, Brian Kimminau. Mr. Kimminau has been complicit in alienating my granddaughter from our family and placing her with two men who have sexually abused minors. The Commission heard our objections and Mr. Kimminau was removed from the list of candidates.

Just as important, however, was the fact that Supreme Court Justice Ann Timmer, who oversees the Commission, listened to our frustrations with Pima County Family Court and offered her assistance. With her help I will be speaking with Pima County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kyle Bryson to request a public forum. My goal is to have the forum in the first months of the new year.

I am looking for input from families. I want to hear about your experience with family court in Pima County, good and bad. I know many parents have expressed a fear of retaliation if they speak out. You can remain anonymous. I only want the name of the judge/commissioner and a brief paragraph on what happened in your case and how it affected you.

One thing we know for sure is we need more judges with Family Law experience. Assigning a judge to the Family Law bench who comes from a practice in Real Estate Law, for example, is damaging to children and families. These judges get little to no training and go through a learning curb. This should not be at the expense of our children.  It would be no different than seeing a Cardiologist for a gastrointestinal problem!

Another issue is the rotation of judges. Our case has now gone before the tenth judge! There have been recusals, reassignments, and rotations. Speaking from my standpoint as a nurse, there is no “continuity of care.”  This is damaging and unacceptable.

Help make family court fair and honest by sending your stories to me at caoxman1@gmail.com. I will not use anyone’s name or information without their permission.

Thank you. Merry Christmas Lela, we miss you!! #nomoresilence

7 Comments on "Input On Pima County Family Court Sought, #nomoresilence"

  1. Which court placed her granddaughter with 2 men that abuse children? Something is not right? Is that what I read?
    Two weeks ago I spoke, once again, before the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Two other parents also spoke. I expressed my objection to one of the candidates, Brian Kimminau. Mr. Kimminau has been complicit in alienating my granddaughter from our family and placing her with two men who have sexually abused minors. The Commission heard our objections and Mr. Kimminau was removed from the list of candidate

    • Cyndi Oxman | December 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm |

      Pima County Superior Court, Family Court. Neither men were ever convicted. One was a TPD Officer who received a 20 day suspension and the other was his son, arrested for sex with a 14 year old, undocumented cps runaway. The arrest never made it to the Pima County Attorneys office after TPD father was called.

  2. Cynthia Oxman | December 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm |

    BS Pima County Superior court, family court division and cps placed the child with the father and grandfather along with the father’s at the time, girlfriend. Neither men was convicted, grandfather was a TPD officer and received a 20 day suspension. Father was arrested with a 14 year old undocumented cps runaway he had impregnated. The arrest never made it to the Pima County Attorney’s office once the arrest was turned over from the Sheriff’s department to TPD. Got all the documents if you would like to see them. just email me.

  3. Are the “experts” court contracted? If so this is another huge issue. The administration of the court’s contracts these “professionals” but provides no oversight to the work that they do. They manipulate and coerce for their own profit. I’m sending you an email.

  4. It’s the whole system from law enforcement, d.a. and cps as well as courts.It is a circus.

  5. Hi I am not in Pima county but Maricopa. I wish you were hear fighting the family court system and would greatly appreciate you passing this along. I am a mother of four who is a victim.of dv and I wanted a divorce from a naracsisst and had no idea in the life sentence I received from the family court judge cynthia Bailey for a crime I didn’t commit when she illegally awarded sole custody and legal decision making to my ex husband now who abused me in front of our children were twice my son had to step in and hit and punch his father off of me. He testified and so did my parents of witnessing dv and the courts ignored it all and much more evidence and refuse to help us to this day. Not only that when I stood up for myself her attacks got ten times worse on me she put me on supervised visitations with my children that I have to pay for 150 for 3 hours with my children. She referred to me as a drug addict and mentally unstable with no evidence to support that theory . She put me on restriction when I could talk to my children and not ant of other time. She took away me being able to volunteer at my children’s school and have no contact with them at school or at their events while condoning the on going dv in my situation with my ex. She had lied cheated and used so much fraud and misconduct it’s disgusting and I believe she does it because her husband is the state attorney general office deputy attorney and she knows no will hold her responsible or discipline her. She illegally removed my children from me and kicked me out of my home with no where to go after being a stay at home mom for eight years and no job. While my ex had a apartment and now our house. She has spent over a year and a half keeping my children from me for no reason but pure dislike for me and won’t give them back while my ex continued to verbally abuse them and terrorize me while using our children to punish and abuse me and no one will help me because all lawyers fear her and she is a bully . I am fighting a battle I know I can’t win and won’t but can’t hope for justice on day and to be able to show my children what so many people died for fighting for our freedom and right to choose how to live our life and that there is good in the government and world we got the bad apples in the tree unfortunately . Thank you so much for listening

  6. Malinda Sherwyn | December 12, 2017 at 9:44 am |

    http://bit.ly/2uCyQCv <—- Child of Pima County

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