Judge Gillen says fears ‘irrelevant at this point’, but were they ever relevant?

According to Palm Beach Post

Heather Hironimus and her 4-year-old son have sought refuge at a domestic violence shelter in an undisclosed location, her attorney said. She fears for her son’s psychological well-being and wants an attorney appointed to represent him before he can have the operation the child’s father is pushing him to have, attorney Thomas Hunker said.

 Judge Jeffrey Gillen cut Hunker off, calling Hironimus’s fears and concerns irrelevant at this point.

Truth is, if you remember the beginning of the case, Judge Gillen has always considered Heather’s fears irrelevant. Let’s take a look at the ruling from last year, dated March 25th.

In this ruling it was said that Heather “asserted, in essence, that circumcision was not medically necessary and she did not want to have the parties’ son undergo requisite general anesthesia for fear of death. She expressed no other reason for now objecting to the procedure to which she’d already agreed in the parenting plan”

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Following these paragraphs, there are some partially false and/or irrelevant arguments from the pediatrician acting as expert witness, Charles Flack, following which “the Court finds that there is no reason why the parties should not be held to the terms of their Agreed Parenting Plan”.

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So, almost a year ago, Heather’s fears were summarily dismissed without response. And today, 350 days afterwards, the judge now says that her fears and concerns are “irrelevant at this point”.

Were they relevant a year ago Judge Gillen?

Is the life, well being and best interest of 4 year old Chase*, “irrelevant at this point”, Judge Gillen?

Did you forget that at the center of this controversy you don’t have a piece of property, nor a head of livestock, but a very alive and aware human being, Judge Gillen?

Would Judge Gillen say that no children have died during a circumcision due to the use of general anesthesia? It happened in Brooklyn just 4 years ago. Jamaal Coleson, 2 years old, died after a circumcision due to the improper use of anesthesia.

Circumcision can have negative psychological effects, and this is more noticeable in those circumcised as children or adolescents, as they can perceive the procedure as abuse, punishment, and loss of control over their own bodies. We also recommend reading the 1999 Preliminary Survey of men circumcised in infancy or childhood – originally published in the British Journal of Urology BJU.

Denial of harm caused by circumcision is a clear display of cultural bias for the procedure. Judge Gillen needs to reconsider his position on this topic.

* We will not stop using Chase’s name, as people need to remember that we are not talking about property but about a real human being whose human rights, preferences, body and health are at stake in the hands of Judge Gillen.

#SavingChase

7 thoughts on “Judge Gillen says fears ‘irrelevant at this point’, but were they ever relevant?

  1. My question is and has been from the beginning is why Chase was denied an Guardian Ad Lit em by this Judge. Who is representing Chase. We know both sides of the parents arguments. I am biased towards the mother I will admit, but why did this pom-pass Judge refused to have anyone speak on Chases behalf.

    1. It might be that the original attorney didn’t envision this case coming this far, or that they didn’t consider Chase to match the definition of a neglected, abused or abandoned child (which is the main focus of the guardians ad litem program), or the court didn’t consider this to be a dispute about the child’s rights but rather about enforcement or not of an existing clause on the parental agreement. Either way, it’s terrible.

  2. Dear Honorable Judge Gillen,
    On behalf of Chase* age four years, son of Heather, on Wednesday March 9th 2015, I do request that you requse yourself, you’re too close to this case and are unduly prejudiced. If you don’t step down as the active judge on the circumsicion case of four year old Chase* as of March 11th 2015 9am CST, I am personally filing a grievence against you with the judicial conduct comitee.

  3. Judge Gillen has NO business even ruling on this case whatsoever. His own gross personal prejudices are blatant and disgusting. He should recuse himself immediately, or be recused and jailed for contempt of judicial judgement. He is a disgrace to not only the legal community, but to his faith as well., as he doesn’t seem to know where one stops, and the other begins.

  4. its a dark day for the United States legal system when a normal healthy four year old is being ordered to undergo a medically unnecessary genital alteration surgery. This judge should step down now.

  5. The judge is wrong in thinking that it would be safe to circumcise this boy. According to the CDC, the wrists are 18 times higher after age one. The mother is correct that general anesthesia increases the risk, and can cause brain damage, especially as the boy had a seizure coming out of general anesthesia before. He has already been psychologically harmed and is likely to be psychologically scarred for life by surgery forced on him by the court and his father.

    It is obviously unlawful for a court, and arm of the government, to force the circumcision of a boy over his objection and that out of his mother, who has objected all along, whose signature in court was coerced, and she has never seen a medical consent form.

    In an almost identical case in Boldt v Boldt, the court interviewed The boy, stop the circumcision, and appointed someone to determine whether the father, of whom the boy was afraid, should lose custody. That’s what this judge should have done and what the court should do now. Otherwise it’s a gross miscarriage of justice, a landmark violation of the boy The boy, stop the circumcision, and appointed someone to determine whether the father, of whom the boy was afraid, should lose custody. That’s what this judge should have done and what the court should do now. Otherwise it’s a gross miscarriage of justice.

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