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The Judge who couldn't tell the truth
By Shaun Webb
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Video of the Judge lying is available at my blog/website.
My five year anniversary gift to former Judge Tyner! This is the Judge that completely rushed and mishandled my trial back in 2005. My life is not the only one she dealt a severe blow to. She has ruined many lives with her antics and outrageous courtroom demeanor. She was nicknamed Judge "Tylenol" by many attorneys who graced her presence. She convicted and jailed a man (15 years) in a stunning 55 minute bench trial. His appeal is pending. I guess she did do a good job of keeping her docket clean!
Judge Deborah Tyner of Oakland County Michigan's Sixth Circuit Court lied on camera when being questioned about missing court time to shop, spa and eat out. When confronted by channel 4 reporter Kevin Dietz, she flat out lied. Dietz told her they had video of the excursions. At that point, Tyner fled in her SUV. No further comment. She was written about extensively over the next few months. She made it into the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Oakland Press and even the spicy Detroit Metro Times, where she was voted as "Boob of the year" for 2006. The following are three articles related to this woman's mis-adventure.
Thursday, August 3. 2006
Efforts to Oust Judge Deborah Tyner Successful
Efforts to oust Circuit Court Judge Deborah Tyner were successful this week as she announced her resignation. The Detroit Free Press (www.freep.com) announced on August 1, 2006 that "an Oakland County Circuit Court judge who came under fire earlier this year after a television news crew filmed her on camera spending weekday afternoons shopping and working out at the gym, told her colleagues Tuesday that she will leave the bench at the end of the year." This was a welcomed report before the upcoming election.
In February 2006 Judge Tyner was stated by the Detroit Free Press as being "on the fast track for an appointment to the Michigan Court of Appeals" Immediately upon the announcement by the Detroit Free Press of this Judge's conduct requests were made by several individuals acting on the information located at http://www.removethesepeople.org/content/view/13/27 (www.removethesepeople.org) calling for an investigation of the allegations.
What the current Detroit Free Press article doesn't mention is that there are Internal Operating Procedures IOP 9.220(C)(2) at the Judicial Tenure Commission that allow Resignation in Lieu of Formal Complaint. Judge Deborah Tyner's timely resigation prevents her from facing an embarrassing formal complaint against her by the Judicial Tenure Commission regarding her alleged misconduct. Additional investigation will determine if IOP 9.220(C)(2) agreements were entered into between Tyner and the JTC.
February 11, 2006 (Detroit Free Press Article)
Februart 11, 2006 (Request for Investigations to Judicial Tenure Commission)
August 1, 2006 (Detroit Free Press Article)
Please note original articles below by reading more on the story.
Judge contends she's no slacker
BY L.L. BRASIER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
February 11, 2006
An Oakland County judge, on the fast track for an appointment to the Michigan Court of Appeals, may have blown that opportunity after a television camera crew caught her spending her afternoons shopping, getting facials, dining and working out.
All the while, attorneys and their clients waited for Judge Deborah Tyner in her courtroom and outside in the hallway.
On several of the 11 days Tyner was tracked by a WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter, she left the courthouse about 1 p.m., worked out at a Powerhouse gym, shopped at Somerset Collection or went to Maya's Spa in West Bloomfield, according to the report. On those days, she ended the day at her Franklin home without returning to the courthouse.
State court rules require that courts be open for business between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The 7-minute TV segment on Tyner aired Thursday at 11 p.m. and became the buzz at the Oakland County courthouse Friday.
Tyner, 49, defended her actions Friday. She said the time she visited the mall and spa were during scheduled time off.
"What I can tell you is that I am very upset and saddened about this attack on my reputation," she told the Free Press.
"I am well-prepared and respected as a jurist. I work very hard. I think the public has been misled in the sense that there is a lot of time spent preparing for trial motions and criminal sentences off the bench. I spend way in excess of 40 hours in preparation and on the job."
Tyner was in Lansing on Friday, meeting with a committee of the State Bar of Michigan that reviews candidates for the appellate court.
When asked if the television report had harmed her chances, Tyner said, "I hope not. I've not had direct conversations with the governor."
Other judges on the Oakland County bench said privately Friday that they were angry, embarrassed by Tyner and worried her actions would reflect on the entire bench.
Chief Judge Wendy Potts, who had issued a statement Thursday defending Tyner and her work ethic, appeared to step back from that position after watching the television report.
"I was saddened because our judges work very hard," Potts said. "Certainly there is the impression of impropriety."
She said she had not spoken to Tyner since the report's airing, but "we will have a conversation. Judge Tyner is a very responsible person, and if Judge Tyner needs to make adjustments, then that will have to happen."
Tyner was elected to the bench in 1991. She is up for re-election this fall. Oakland County Circuit Court judges make $140,000 a year.
Although Tyner was widely rumored to be the front-runner to succeed retiring Court of Appeals Judge Hilda Gage, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who makes the appointments, declined through her spokesperson to discuss candidates or whether Tyner had been knocked out of the running.
"As a matter of policy the governor's office does not comment on who may be under consideration for an appointment by the governor," Liz Boyd said Friday.
"It doesn't matter if it's a judgeship or seat on the potato commission, we do not discuss it."
Boyd said the appeals court appointment would take place before March 28.
Political analysts say, however, that Tyner may have done herself in.
"Obviously to come to the attention of Channel 4 she must have been a flagrant abuser," said Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, a statewide political journal. "That's not to say she's been a poor judge, but obviously she has developed some work habits that are questionable to say the least."
Contact L.L. BRASIER atbrasier.freepress.com.
Copyright © 2006 Detroit Free Press Inc.
Oakland judge filmed shopping during work day to quit
August 2, 2006
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit judge who was filmed shopping, working out at a gym and visiting a spa during repeated absences from the bench last winter says she will leave at year's end.
Oakland County Circuit Judge Deborah Tyner, 49, has been on the bench for 16 years. She was running unopposed for re-election Nov. 7.
WDIV-TV followed Tyner for several weeks last winter and reported that she repeatedly left the courthouse at lunchtime and did not return to the bench. Tyner said then that she had done nothing wrong and was caught up with her cases.
In a news release Tuesday, she said, "I plan to pursue opportunities within the private sector and devote my time and skills to the charitable and philanthropic arenas. I also look forward to spending more time with my husband and children."
Chief Judge Wendy Potts told The Oakland Press that the WDIV story did not influence Tyner's decision.
"I'm really very sorry to see her go," Potts told The Detroit News. "She is a judge who keeps her docket current and decides matters expeditiously," Potts said in a written statement to the Detroit Free Press.
This former Judge is now a defense attorney at her own office in Franklin, MI. She now defends the exact same type of people she regularly jailed. She has had a couple of high profile cases in her "new" career as attorney. It's funny to me that this former Judge was penalized only by having to "retire," thus losing her coveted position on the Michigan Appeals Court. Even her former boss, Wendy Potts, has to come into question for her obviously biased views in favor of Tyner.
Tyner probably continues to shop, spa, and eat out often. Below is the book I wrote after my adventure.
Site: a motion for innocence
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