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SEE IT: Florida judge berates domestic abuse victim, sentences sobbing woman to jail: ‘You haven’t even seen anxiety’/Daily News

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A Florida county judge berated a domestic violence victim for failing to appear at her alleged abuser’s trial and then sentenced the sobbing woman to jail, courtroom video shows.

Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins was captured heartlessly rebuking the pleading woman as she desperately apologizes and says her depression and anxiety kept her from facing her abuser in court.

“You think you’re going to have anxiety now? You haven’t even seen anxiety,” Collins says before issuing her decision.

The victim had to appear before the judge on July 30 for contempt of court hearing, WFTV-9 reported.

She had ignored a subpoena to testify against the father of her child who allegedly choked her and threatened her with a kitchen knife, the local news station said.

“Your honor, I’m very sorry for not attending the last one,” she said through tears. “I’ve been dealing with depression and just a lot personally since this happened. My anxiety is like, this is every day for me.”

The unmoved Collins tells the woman she was required to appear under court order.

“You disobeyed a court order, knowing that this was not going to turn out well for the state,” Collins said.

The woman apologizes again, telling the judge she’s homeless and “not in a good place right now.”

“And violating your court order did not do anything for you,” Collins said. “I find you in contempt of court. I hereby sentence you to three days in the county jail.”

The rattled woman can be seen dramatically making one last final plea to the judge as she’s being hauled away.

“Judge, I’ll do anything … I have a 1-year-old son, and I’m trying to take care of him by myself. I’m begging you, please, please don’t,” she said.

“Turn around,” the judge responds. “You should have showed up. I’ve already issued my order.”

Collins, who was reportedly appointed to the position by former Governor Jeb Bush, has held her seat since 2005.

She was re-elected to the court last year for another six-year term.

Neither Collins nor her office returned a request for comment Thursday.

The ruthless ruling was unnecessary and damaging, according to a former prosecutor who now advocates for domestic abuse victims.

“It was pretty brutal. It got to my heart,” Safehouse of Seminole CEO Jeanne Gold told the Daily News. “I thought she will never ever call the police again. She’ll never look for help again. It’s so sad.”

The victim’s alleged abuser was sentenced to 16 days in jail for simple battery and was ordered to pay court costs, WFTV-9 reported.

During her bid for re-election last year, Collins told The Orlando Political Observer she should be voted back into office because she makes a “positive impact on the citizens and the litigants that come before the court.”

“Every litigant deserves an experienced, knowledgeable individual presiding over their case,” she said at the time. “I’ve enjoyed my role as a judge. I enjoy the law. Most importantly, I enjoy serving my community.”

Written by protectivemothersallianceinternational

October 8, 2015 at 11:01 pm

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  1. Good Lord! I cannot believe what I just read. A domestic abuse survivor myself, this is why I would not call the police whilst I was with my narcissistic sociopath abuser. I am fumbling over what else to say, because this is wrong on so many levels. Smh…

    Persia Karema

    October 9, 2015 at 1:27 am

    • We agree. This Judge’s actions are beyond horrible. Hopefully she will have consequences from the County or the Bar for her ruthlessness and ignorance about DV. Much love to you, Persia.

  2. Shame on her. What a horrible individual. What hope is there with someone as ruthless as her in such a position? (Calm down Persia… just breathe…). I am furious to say the least. I guess this is justice for you nowadays. That poor woman. I know exactly what she feels like. I left my abuser 2 years 7 months ago, and I still don’t want to see him. We had joint bank accounts, I in order to take my name off, I would have to face him and get him agree to do so. I had a major panick attack at the thought of seeing him again. Instead, the accounts (which he left negative) we simply closed. It is torture to see/face one’s abuser. I was bitten, tied up, locked in a windowless room, knocked and slapped about, suffered from: a pillow over my face (during and after my pregnancy), strangled, a dislocated knee ( I was not allowed to go to the hospital), and then some. This judge should not be allowed to continue with her position.
    I’ll leave it at that, but boy, has this made me mad.
    Much love to you too.

    Persia Karema

    October 9, 2015 at 1:53 am

    • Sorry about the typos. I’m really tired!

      Persia Karema

      October 9, 2015 at 1:54 am

      • Persia, we are so sorry for what you went through. We understand. Many in our organization have been in similar situations. For DV survivors, just watching this news clip is a trigger. Blessings,light,love and healing to you xo.

  3. Reblogged this on Blog of a Mad Black Woman and commented:
    This is shocking as well as disturbing. How is this Judge allowed to stay in her position?

    Persia Karema

    October 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

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