Judge to Sailor Deployed on Submarine: Appear in Court or Lose Your Daughter

Recently a County Circuit Judge, Margaret M.S. Noe, made a ruling against active duty Naval Petty Officer Matthew Hindes involving the custody of his child. The ruling, besides being barbaric, vindictive, and completely without logic, ordered this sailor’s child to be sent with the mother who originally had the child taken away by Child Protective Services. But that’s not the most evil part of this story. This judge made the ruling while the father (sailor) was on deployment and couldn’t defend himself in court. He now has a warrant for his arrest with no way to fight it, and his child has been placed in a potentially dangerous situation thanks to the actions of this judge.

Hindes Family Petition

So here are some words I wish to say, unloading my discontent:


An Open Letter to Judge Margaret M.S. Noe

Judge Noe,

Few words can be expressed for the level of disgust I feel for you with your recent ruling against an active duty sailor in the U.S. Navy. I would ask the clichéd question, “How do you sleep at night?” but as a veteran myself who learned from experience through observing our American system from within that if you want to have a career in anything involving the government, you need to be as narcissistic, sociopathic, and cruel as possible in order to network with the right people and further your own career and egomaniacal needs.

I’m not a lawyer, but we have something in this country called “The Bill of Rights.” I know that being in a position of power, this is an inconvenience for you, but let me give you a quick reminder of some very basic parts of the Bill of Rights that you probably learned in law school.

I’ll start with the 6th Amendment:

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

Let me break this down Barney style:

The 6th Amendment grants EVERYONE the right to a speedy trial in which they are allowed to defend themselves. You completely bypassed this crucial right of the people and made a ruling on an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is legally obligated under federal law to deploy as per United States Uniformed Code of Military Justice. Failure of him to do so is in direct violations of Articles 86, 87, 90, 92.

That alone puts you in violation of your oath to uphold the law.

But wait! There’s more…

There is also something called The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act.

This act enables ALL ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEMBERS to have financial and court proceedings delayed while on deployment.

That is yet another federal law you completely ignored in your irrational and vindictive ruling.

Then there is the 14th amendment, Section 1:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Allow me to explain this to you in an elementary and basic way.

The 14th amendment grants ALL citizens of the United States equal rights under the law and that no citizen shall be subject to having fewer rights than another (I recommend you read up on the Due Process Clause).

Bluntly put, you violated this sailor’s civil rights because he was a man. This isn’t an accusation, this is a common and well-known fact that the practice of favoring females in family court in the United States is an issue that favors the political correctness agenda and therefore is purposely ignored while innocent males suffer dire consequences.

Judges, lawyers, and politicians like you are a cancer in this nation and a threat to the liberties guaranteed to each and every American under the law. You make legal rulings based on how you feel rather than what is right, and forget about what is legal. Following something legally to an individual in your position is a joke. Your very existence as a judge is a mockery to the legal system and you have absolutely no right to impose laws based on political agenda or how you feel law should be imposed. People like you are why we have a of the Bill of Rights in the first place.

In closing, you clearly lack the maturity and knowledge to hold an office and title with such power over other human beings. If the state government of Washington has any integrity, they will immediately move to have you stripped of your title and office as well as bring you up on charges for your abuses of power. Also the state should provide Mr. Hindes with a legal team paid for in full by the state of Washington in order to sue you for the violations of his civil rights.

From a supporter of Petty Officer Hindes and a fellow veteran who is absolutely disgusted with American injustice,

Jason C Gondolfo


Author: John Smith is a 6 year Coast Guard veteran.


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