Suggested Post emailed in about Connecticut Magistrate Misconduct
Posted on 24 January 2012.
Magistrate Harris Llishitz being one person that should not be allowed in a family court or any court for that matter. He was REMOVED from HARTFORD Court, and dumped in Rockville Connecticut This is what is being said about this so called ” Magistrate”, he ruins lives he could care less about any mother, father or child. This man is a disgrace, Governor Malloy wants him off the bench, and for good reason. This man who is supposed to uphold the law does so with the ones he makes. If you have ever gone in front of this man you know that he could care less about the constitution your rights or what you have to say for that matter. He makes up his own laws, due process in not seen within the seat he sits in. So many have had to go in front of Magistrate Harris Lifshitz, this man is a cruel human being. You can have a look for yourself, go to the Rockville family court, 69 Brooklyn St Rockville , 06066 EVERY TUESDAY. And I can bet that he will send many to jail, this man has to be removed. Below are some articles written about him, and what he says about himself.
I’m told that Harris Lifshitz, the family support magistrate in Hartford who thinks that debtors’ prison is a good idea is facing reality: he is retiring and will not be among the magistrates re-appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in coming days.
Lifshitz, however, will still hear cases part-time on an as-needed basis. Still, the message was clear: Gov. Malloy didn’t want this magistrate on the bench any more. DID NOT WANT HIM ON THE BENCH ANYMORE!!!
Lifshitz, some of you may recall, sent a Simsbury man to jail for months in a dispute over spousal support. Gerald Frazee time in jail solved nothing, except to force taxpayers to pick up the tab,
Unfortunately, Lifshitz has issued an arrest order for Frazee, which still could land him in jail again.
Said by By JON LENDER, firstname.lastname@example.org, The Hartford Courant. He has got it right, THANK YOU Jon Lender
One of four new family support magistrates named by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will replace a controversial appointee of former Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell — former Old Lyme Republican Town Chairman Christopher Oliveira.
Oliveira, once a candidate for state Senate, will continue serving as a magistrate until early September, when he’ll be replaced by Jane Grossman, a Democratic Malloy appointee. She is a longtime staff attorney for New Haven Legal Assistance who has served in numerous capacities for the courts and advisory boards concerning the legal needs of low-income families.
Like all nine family support magistrates, Grossman will serve a three-year term. Legislative confirmation is not required; it’s a straight gubernatorial appointment, viewed at least partly as a political patronage plum over the years. The $121,615-a-year magistrates decide cases involving child support, alimony, visitation and paternity.
When Rell named Oliveira 3½ years ago, questions immediately arose about his qualifications. He had appeared as a lawyer in only a few civil cases. Also, he had resigned from a family relations counselor trainee’s job in the Middletown courthouse in 2004 after an internal investigation found that he used office equipment and materials for personal and political purposes. Later, it also was revealed that he failed to mention the 2004 incident on a background questionnaire he’d submitted to Rell’s office.
His term expired in January, but magistrates serve until their replacement takes office.
Malloy wrote Oliveira a letter Friday, thanking him for his service. “On behalf of the people of the state of Connecticut, please accept my thanks for your years of service to the state. … Please continue in your current capacity through September 5, 2011. You have my best wishes for the future.”
In addition to Grossman, the new magistrate appointees are:
•Michael Ferguson of Meriden, a Democrat, who will replace magistrate Linda Wihbey of Waterbury, a Republican, in September.
•Frederic Gilman of East Hampton, a Democrat, who in September will replace former magistrate Richard Adams, a Middlefield Republican who retired and assumed status as a part-time referee to handle magistrate cases in March.
•Norma Sanchez-Figueroa of South Windsor, a Democrat. In September she will replace Harris Lifshitz, a Glastonbury Democrat who is retiring to assume status as a part-time referee.
A Malloy spokesman said months ago that the governor wanted to address the concern that none of the existing family support magistrates is a member of any minority group. Two of Malloy’s four appointees are members of minority groups; Sanchez-Figueroa is Latino and Ferguson is African American.
The other magistrates whose terms had expired were reappointed by Malloy.
Lifshitz, the 24-year veteran magistrate now assuming referee’s status, attracted attention recently for what Courant columnist Rick Green in March called “a habit of throwing real and alleged deadbeats in the slammer for weeks and months.” Green reported that Lifshitz was once found by a judge to be “clearly erroneous” for jailing a man who couldn’t pay the full child support he owed.
In April, Lifshitz said: “I have been a family support magistrate for the past 24 years, since the magistrate system was first established in Connecticut. … I have decided hundreds of thousands of cases and authored over a hundred written decisions. … I listen to all sides of each and every case.” This is a STRAIGHT lie,he does not listen to all sides, he is a one sided selfish person. He will SCREAM how HE is the MAGISTRATE, it is HIS COURT. Never does he even ASK about a child, this man does not care. If you are homeless with no job and you need to modify your court order, forget it. I have seen this man in action, and I can honestly say I was scared he has no right to treat people the way he does
Oliveira had said in April that in his three-plus years as magistrate, “I have heard tens of thousands of cases involving paternity, child support, non-payment of child support and modifications of support orders. I have never been grieved, no complaints of any kind have ever been filed against me and, to my knowledge, I have never once been reversed on appeal. The people who appear in our courts are some of the state’s most vulnerable, and the chance to make positive changes in their lives gives me the greatest satisfaction in this job.”
This is what another has to say about this man, Magistrate Lifhitz.
- I remember Magistrate Lifshitz when he was at Family Court at Rockville years ago. He was not well received by anyone going before him as well as those of us in the Courtroom who watched Lawyers and State’s Attorney’s shaking their heads because the magistrate was very threatening to those in the Courtroom. Granted there is a respect to hold for the title he holds but i watched more people go to jail in that Courtroom,as well as people walking out of that Courthouse extremely distressed then need be. There wasn’t a lot of room that man gave to anyone and if you just don’t have the money because of no work, being disabled, or on a fixed income, where the Court under the guidelines given concerning Child Support…well that man squeezed every nickel out of you or told you to as i so well remember him saying..”Beg, Borrow, or Steal” in order to pay for Support. Some Single Fathers as well as Mothers just don’t have what it takes to make it in Society financially,But tossing them in jail sure helps the Parent who has Custody now doesn’t it? Unbelievable!!!!
IF anyone has anything to say about Lifshitz, please feel free to comment. We have gotten so many complaints about Magistrate Harris Lifshitz. This man needs to be removed from the bench.