A group of local women marched Friday into the Solano County Hall of Justice to serve a notice of recall to a family court judge they consider guilty of violating the Canons of the California Code of Judicial Ethics.
“Judge (Christine) Carringer recklessly rips children from nurturing, loving, and fit mothers, and gives them to documented abusers,” read a letter composed by Jaclyn Qirreh. Qirreh and a group of roughly 10 other women claim Carringer, and to a lesser extent other family court judges Garry T. Ichikawa and Cynda Unger, have ruled unfairly in cases involving custody battles and domestic violence.
Carringer was a personal injury attorney prior to her appointment to the bench in 2013 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Diana Costo, another mother whose case was handled by Carringer, also had harsh words for the controversial judge.
“Children are victims of her,” she claimed Friday in the Hall of Justice. “She refuses to follow the law,”
Costo claims despite her ex-husband’s past arrest for domestic violence, a decision in May by Carringer appointed him all decision-making rights although both were awarded joint custody.
“It’s court licensed abuse,” said Amber Cargo-Reed, who led a failed recall effort in 2014 against Judge Unger. “This is a real epidemic in Solano County where judges are disregarding important information that would keep our children safe.”
With the recall process initiated, Carringer now has seven days to respond. Once Carringer does issue a reply, the women plan to send both their recall notice, in addition to Carringer’s response to local newspapers for publication. Then, with an Election Office approval of their petition, they can begin gathering signatures.
In a span of six months, they will need to acquire 23,972 signatures to get Carringer’s recall on a ballot. For Qirreh, getting a candidate to run for Carringer’s seat is another goal of hers.
“This is the people’s remedy,” Qirreh said. “We want to send a message to the community that our courts are not as just as they might believe.”
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