Judicial Shuffle At Monmouth County Court

Governor Christie’s nomination of Judge David F. Bauman to the State Supreme Court has prompted a mid-term reassignment of the Superior Court Judges in Monmouth County.

Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson told MMM that effective January 2, 2013 Judge Paul Escandon is transfered from Family Court to Civil Court, Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen will move from Civil Court to Criminal Court, Judge Linda Grasso-Jones will switch from hearing Civil matters to Family matters, and Judge James J. McGann will transfer from Civil Court to Criminal Court hearing Juvenile cases.  Judge Leslie-Ann M. Justus will remain in Family Court and take over Escandon’s calendar.

MMM called Lawson for comment on a New York Post story over the weekend that said Escandon would not be hearing divorce cases “after a months-long campaign by women who say he systematically cheated them from the bench.” Lawson said the Post story was a “rehash.” Escandon has not been hearing new divorces, rather, he has been presiding over non-matrimonial cases and post-Judgment matters in Family Court, since July.

Escandon’s July reassignment was caused by Judge Michael Guadagno’s elevation to the Appellate Court and these recent reassignments are the result of Bauman’s anticipated elevation to the Supreme Court, according to Lawson.

Lawson said that the Monmouth County Vicinage currently has six vacancies with a seventh coming if Bauman is confirmed a Supreme Court Associate Justice by the State Senate.  There are four pending Judicial nominations for Monmouth County pending before the Senate.

Escandon’s tenure on the Family Court bench has been a subject of controversy since May when former Long Branch resident Rachel Alintoff complained to Governor Christie at at Town Hall Meeting in Garfield about Escandon’s rulings, one of which had been overturned on appeal, in her divorce case.  Since then, a group of divorce litigants, mostly women, have been holding periodic protests about Escandon at the Monmouth County Court House and the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct has initiated an investigation into Escandon based upon Alintoff’s complaints.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Judicial Shuffle At Monmouth County Court”

  1. Another Protest in the works...until Escandon is off the bench said at 7:58 pm on December 24th, 2012:

    Dear Judge Paul Escandon,

    As of January 1, 2013, you will no longer sit on the bench in Family Court. As it has been confirmed by Monmouth County Courthouse, you will be hearing cases in Civil Court. As a group of mothers, supporters and children, we are quite sure that you will be able to cause damage on whichever bench you sit on, but we are elated to see you go. Unfortunately, the emotional mutilation you have caused to mothers and children over the past 2 years with your preference and bias towards unfit fathers and men with large bank accounts will last a life time for many of the victims who were ill-fated enough to be assigned your courtroom.
    You may be a church-going family man in the eyes of your family, neighbors and a few peers who are still left standing around you in half-hearted support of your unethical actions, but everyone else knows the truth about your character. Your moral code is nonexistent and you have disgraced the laws in which you were sworn in to uphold. As a group, we feel that you are guilty of hate crimes against mothers and children which is evident in how many times you assisted men in your courtroom in bankrupting their wives, cutting off health insurance to both mother and child, emancipating learning disabled teenagers, putting children at risk for tragedy by ignoring evidence of child molestation, physical and mental abuse, drug and alcohol addiction and helping men to displace mother and child out of their marital home and let’s not forget your Pièce de résistance of handing over 3 young children to a father who turned down the witness protection program and is a self-confessed murderer.

    The fact that you can sleep at night means that you have hate in your heart and quite possibly, unclean money stuffed underneath your mattress.

    Enjoy Civil Court. We hope that our next letter to you will be addressed to Federal Prison.

  2. Mr. Mom said at 3:22 am on December 25th, 2012:

    See who Judge Escandon found fit to award custody to:


  3. Marked Man Awarded Custody said at 4:16 am on December 25th, 2012:

    According to Judge Escandon this is a model parent:


  4. margo kent said at 2:37 pm on December 27th, 2012:

    Boo to bad judges. House of crime.com is based on facts. Go to youtube. Type in:
    Bus Stop Judge. A song about bad judges.
    While listening stroll down to read lyrics.
    Thanks and enjoy, Margo

  5. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Oxley’s nomination approved by Senate Judiciary Committee said at 3:08 pm on February 7th, 2013:

    […] County Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson told MMM last December that the Court has been operating with six vacancies.  Kathy Sheedy of Cream Ridge was nominated […]

  6. Oxley Confimed by SenateThe Save Jersey Blog | The Save Jersey Blog said at 3:32 pm on February 7th, 2013:

    […] County Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson told MMM last December that the Court has been operating with six vacancies.  Kathy Sheedy of Cream Ridge was nominated […]

  7. Judge sheedy said at 11:15 pm on December 12th, 2013:

    Judge Sheedy needs to go