COMPLAINTS #1 & #2Judge Debra Stephens-VIOLATED AUTISTIC CHILD'S/VIC OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-AMERICANS W DISABILITIES ACT RIGHTS!
COMPLAINT #1 TO DEPT OF JUSTICE-AMERICAN W/ DISBILITIES, CIVIL RIGHTS DIV
COMPLAINT #2 TO FLORIDA JUDICIAL COMMISSION AGAINST JUDGE DEBRA STEPHENS, 15TH CIRCUIT COURT, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
Judge Stephens violated my son's civil rights, victims rights & Americans with Disabilities by forcing him to testify without a supeona, a hearing to determine if a minor must testify-Florida law!
On 2/26/2018 I attended an Injunction hearing in Judge Debra Stephens courtroom in Palm Beach Co. with my son, Ranson Weber Horse. He was ONLY there because I did not want him home alone sick. The judge’s decisions and courtroom behavior was shocking, abusive and she not only did not protect my disabled child from his violent adult offender.
*She also revictimized him by humiliating, confusing him in front of the entire courtroom by forcing him up to testify without a subpoena, accommodations or instruction for the benefit of Llovera as well as failed to protect my disabled child after Llovera was found guilty of battery & trespassing by a jury and agreed to the five year Injunction. The minute after the Injunction was in place that Llovera agreed to, Judge Stephens asked Llovera if he had anything to say. Llovera went on a rant and complained about his work belongings I had, called me a “thief’ and a “liar.’
Rather then violating the new Injunction, Judge Stevens allowed a non-U.S. citizen, an alcoholic FELON with a violent history in Florida to violate her own Injunction-when he already had an active Injunction from Broward Co because he is a repeat woman beater. (See PBC State’s Attorney, supplemental discovery, documents what he said during the hearing that she did not stop.)
Judge Stephens then allowed, Llovera to accuse my son of stealing from him. Rather than violate him for the name calling, she demanded my son up to her bench immediately to testify, not allowing me to stand by him. Or have an advocate stand by him. (a victim’s rights violation) HE WAS PETRIFIED! Judge Stephens forced, my son, Ranson Weber Horse 15 at the time, a traumatized Autistic child to testify on the SPOT in front of the violent man who beat his mother and invaded their home, repeatedly, was now permitted by Judge Stephens to glare at him.
This was horrifying, ludacris, traumatizing and dangerous to our family. Then when my attorney, Arielle Lewis informed the Judge my son was Autistic, Judge Stephens became explosive toward Arielle and yelled at her, “Counselor, DON’T GO THERE! I saw it.” Why would she be so angry? Stephens is the one that forced a child to testify against his own mother to benefit a convicted batterer who is not an citizen and has a low level of asylum because he is a Felon who served 5 years in Florida prison. Ranson was petrified and had no idea what was happening. He thought his mother and he were going to jail, the way Judge Stephens was yelling at my mother and her attorney, Arielle Lewis.
The worst possible thing the system can do to a child of violence is have them questioned in front of the violent perp. This is basic dynamics of domestic violence. Six months later, Ranson still says he did not get to finish his answers and gets upset at
Judge Stephens for not allowing him to fully answer the question. Ordering a disabled child with Autism and Neuroborreliosis to testify right then and there- at that moment- without accomodations is abusive, unethical, traumatizing and illegal! Judge Stevens violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when she failed to provide ADA accommodations for Ranson’s disabilities which would have allowed:
My son, Ranson has processing delays due to the Autism. He also has Alexithymia which is characterized by difficulties in identifying, describing and processing his own feelings and circumstances.
Ranson would have had a hearing which his interests and disabilities were protected. The chance to be told prior what is being asked of him! Ranson would have had the extra time for a detailed response.
Ranson would have been entitled to an repeated explanation of what was being asked of him and why.
Ranson would have been allowed ask questions. Then have extra time to process the answers, so he is able to provide complete answers for the testimony.
Ranson would NOT have had to testify in front of Llovera, the man who repeatedly traumatized him, broke down his front door and repeatedly hurt his mother. Judge Stephens did not provide my son: Per Florida Law, a mandated that a hearing be held to determine any minor’s testimony in a Florida court. This hearing would have allowed Ranson’s service providers input such as his Pragmatics therapist who would explain how Ranson’s Autism is a good reason for him NOT to testify and the additional trauma that comes with forcing him to testify in front of and benefit Llovera-a violent alcoholic, addict, homosexual that refused to accept we no longer wanted him in our lives.
Three days, prior to the Injunction Hearing a PBC jury found Rafael Llovera guilty of battery/domestic for assaulting me in my home and trespassing for kicking our front door in Judge Barry Cohen’s courtroom. Ranson read his victim impact statement to Judge Cohen. My son was told he was the first child to ever read their impact statement in a Felony Domestic violence case. Judge Cohen’s ordered Llovera to stay away from my family: my parents, my child & myself.
Judge Stephens then recused Judge Cohen’s order that stated Llovera as part of his sentence was ordered to stay away from my family: my parents, my son and I. Judge Cohen did not force my son to testify during the trial, but allowed his testimony during the sentencing phase, where Judge Cohen listened compassionately to my Ranson’s victim impact statement. See pics for his stateiment.