A Florida judge is being heavily criticized for legislating from the bench and stripping parental rights of Americans who won’t wear a mask.
Broward County Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen is widely considered a left-wing politician who RHINO Jeb Bush initially appointed in 2006. He has consistently taken liberal stances on state laws such as same-sex marriage and appears to be carrying out the marching orders of Democrats rather than Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. In an act that one would only expect from the most determined liberal zealot, Judge Cohen recently vacated a mother’s child visitation rights because she took off her mask.
“She’s one of those anti-mask people, and she’s got the audacity to post that on social media. She’s going to wear a mask. If she doesn’t, time-sharing is not going to happen,” Judge Cohen reportedly said. “When this pandemic is over, and there’s no cases, and there’s a vaccine … the mother is going to need to get a vaccine as well.”
Ummmm what? When did wearing a mask and getting the vaccine become the prerequisite for getting to see your children?
The Florida mother was ostracized for a single social media post that shows her without a mask. Melanie Joseph indicated to the judge that she was merely taking a break from wearing the stuffy mask. Despite no criminal statute requiring mask-wearing in Florida, the judge coerced Joseph to agree to mandatory vaccinations and require her asthmatic 14-year-old son to wear a mask. If she didn’t, her child would never see her again.
“The judge hates me. He feels that I am a COVID denier and an anti-masker,” Joseph reportedly said. “My four other children have been suffering from not being able to see their brother. They’ve been mourning him all year. What occurred is unconstitutional and should never happen to a parent.”
In what adds cruelty to estranged parents’ ongoing isolation during the pandemic, Judge Cohen refused to restore all of her joint parenting time.
This wasn’t the only instance of judicial overreach against parents who don’t bow down to Biden’s mask policy. A mom with a 2-year-old child was accused of parental negligence because she was photographed not wearing a mask on a Florida beach.
The governor has consistently rejected the notion that beaches should be closed because respiratory viruses such as the coronavirus perish quickly in sunlight. These facts have been supported by CDC data. The left-wing media and Democrats scream foul that people should enjoy being outdoors and not under lockdown. Judge Cohen’s actions demonstrate he’s a Democrat politician legislating from the bench.
Other left-wing judges also toe the Democrat party line that everyday people forfeit their parental rights during the pandemic. Circuit Judge Bernard Shapiro took the unprecedented step to strip a mother of a 4-year-old of all custody rights because she worked on the frontlines to save people in the hospital.
Judge Shapiro stole motherhood from Dr. Theresa Greene, who works in an emergency room despite consistently tested negative for the coronavirus. That fact made no difference to the judge.
“I was just shocked that the judge would take this stance without talking to medical experts and knowing the facts and take it so lightly, take my child from me and not think of the effect on her, her mental and psychological well-being,” Dr. Greene reportedly said. “I know I’m not alone, first responders, nurses, so many people in this position who, because they’re divorced, their children are suffering, and they’re being told they can’t see them, and it’s just not fair.”
Democrat judges continue to enforce wrong-headed liberal agendas that punish good people and parents because they won’t go along with surrendering their freedom.