Michigan Judge Gorcyca violated due process in Tsimhoni Case

Judge Lisa Gorcyca has been under review by The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission for her heavy handed rulings in parental custody cases. And it seems the hammer has dropped.

by Michael Volpe
Communities Digital News


A controversial Michigan family court judge has been found to have abused her power on the bench.

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission has found that Judge Lisa Gorcyca abused her contempt of court power when she sentence three children from the Tsimhoni family to juvenile hall for contempt of court after they refused to have lunch with their father.

All three stated repeatedly that their father was an abuser, a charge their father, Omer Tsimhoni, denied. Tsimhoni instead claimed his ex-wife was alienating him from his children.

The MJTC initially filed a complaint in December 2015 against Gorcyca. A special master, retired Judge Daniel Ryan, heard the case in June 2016.

After the hearing, Ryan found Gorcyca had violated judicial code of conduct by inappropriate conduct in the court room.

 Judge Gorcyca testified that she does not insult those who come before the court, however, the Master finds that some of Judge Gorcyca’s comments and gestures made to LT on the record were beyond stern language, were contrary to the code of Judicial Conduct and clearly demeaning and insulting. Degrading comments that she doubted LT had a high IQ and making the “crazy” gesture while telling him that when “he’s no longer like Charlie Manson’s cult” transcend the bounds of stern language and acceptable judicial behavior, violating the code.

Ryan also Judge Gorcyca violated the three children’s due process because she found them guilty of contempt of court even though there was no order for them to spend time with their father,

Despite the absence of a court order for LT to have parenting time with Defendant father on June 24 and without any further inquiry, Judge Gorcyca found LT in direct civil contempt, stating, “The court finds you in direct contempt. I ordered you to have a healthy relationship with your father….I ordered you to talk to your father. You chose not to talk to your father. You defied a direct court order. It’s a direct contempt so I’m finding you guilty of civil contempt.”

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The following video shows footage of Judge Gorcyca accusing the child of contempt of court because he is too afraid to spend time with his father. Footage begins at 8:40:

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