Lawyer widens target in recusal battle with judge

Dispute escalates into motion to disqualify Fulton Superior bench from hearing 8 cases

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The losing lawyer in last summer's acrimonious, heavily publicized child custody battle between pop star Usher Raymond and his ex-wife launched a crusade against the Fulton County judge who ruled in Usher's favor that has escalated to encompass the entire Fulton Superior bench. Lisa West, above, has successfully pushed Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane to recuse from eight cases.

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What's being said

  • Kyung L. Trotter

    Hmm. "Judge shop?" This from a judge who sells court orders for campaign contributions. She shouldn't be on the bench at all.

  • Concerned Attorney

    People are destroyed by the bias in our courts. It is unfair when the legal community 'club' creates decisions that are not based on law, but are based on biases from personal relationships between judges and lawyers, and sometimes between the lawyers themselves, and extends to the guardian ad litem system. Parental rights MUST be held in the highest regard, as taking away ones right to be with their children drives to the heart and soul of our being. Any judge who allows any bias whatsoever to affect the lives of children is committing a crime against humanity. The process must be totally open and should allow complete due process of the law and equity.

  • Alan

    JUSTICE FACES ITS GRAVEST THREAT WHEN COURTS DISPENSE IT SECRETLY. Why do you think Judge Lane seals her court orders? How can the public evaluate her "justice" when she dispenses it secretly? I imagine there are more than these 8 cases where Judge Lane has dispensed rulings based on her relationships and has hidden behind her black robe by sealing the records.

  • Robin

    In 2008, while John Mayoue was hosting Judge Lane's campaign fund raising party, Lane withheld evidence from my divorce trial and then later refused to uphold the Jury verdict. John Mayoue represented my Ex husband. Lane blatantly ignored the law and created her own law when it suited her to do so. Case in point: Lane ruled in 2008 that EVIDENCE OF ADULTERY IS NOT ALLOWED IF UNKNOWN WHEN DIVORCE IS FILED. Really? Where is that written in the Georgia Law Books? see If it weren't for the Usher case, and Lisa West's courage to stand up to "the system" this judicial corruption would still be going on unnoticed.

  • Trivettela

    Bravo, RG Astor!

    Unfortunately, this very behavior doesn't stop with just this one Fulton Co. Family Court judge. LIves have been systematically decimated, merited by the apathy and ignorance immersed in this section of the Superior Court. Until there is a systematic method of accountability (for ALL judges in this country), Georgia will remain at the very bottom of the State Integrity Investigation.

    It's not lonely just at the top; it's pretty bleak at the bottom, too.

  • RG Astor

    This would be comical if it was not so OBVIOUS that this Judge is ignorant of the law and carelessly destroys families and children on a regular basis. A Judge may not comment (either directly or via an attorney) on an active case. If Judge Lane is so narcissistic that she will behave this way when the "eyes of the world" are watching, one can only imagine what she has said, written and done in so many of the cases she has had before her in the privacy of her own courtroom. God help all the children who have been victims of her pitiful ego. I looked her up and see that she has "CHOSEN" to stay on the Fulton County Family Court Bench rather than move up to other cases. This is obviously because she can not get away with her craziness everywhere. I am sure she is not alone, but I also know that there are MANY good judges in Georgia, and she is giving all of them a bad name. I looked up her attorney, George Lawson, and see that until about a week or two ago, he had a case pending before Judge Lane. My God, how corrupt and ignorant can she be. Does she think she is above the law. It was Judge Lane's order of Recusal that she wrote that forced her off all the other cases. She was reckless enough to write an order that did this to herself. She is 100% responsible, nobody else. I don't know this Lisa West, but I hope to someday. All good attorneys and good judges should be grateful this is being exposed. It seems to me that if someone wants to hire an attorney who is not afraid of a judge like Judge Lane, it is difficult, but one has finally emerged. If fighting for a fair chance means that Lane has to recuse herself, then that is her fault.

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