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Judge Reprimanded for Vacation Ultimatum

Parents give their kids ultimatums frequently.  Common examples include: “Finish your vegetables or no dessert,” or “No television until you finish your homework.”  Then, there is what happened to two girls in a Kentucky District Court this summer.

District Judge Shan Embry “ordered the mother to convince her daughters to go on vacation with their father or be held in contempt.”

After giving those direct orders to the mother in an open District Court hearing, according to WDRB, Embry would not hear a plea from the two daughters.  The judge “refused and threatened to place them in foster care if they did not go on vacation with their father.”

The judge did not stop there.  After the daughters agreed to vacation with their father, the judge told them they better behave, or else, “they would visit her again and they would like it even less.”

Embry, who presides over Breckinridge, Grayson and Meade counties, met with the father’s attorney privately before the hearing.  The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission publicly reprimanded the judge for not being fair.


Article written by Nick Roush

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