Wednesday, January 6, 2016

After controversial decisions, Utah judge is no longer presiding over family court cases

Judge Scott Johansen
Judge Scott Johansen quietly retired after a controversial decision
In November 2015, Utah Judge Scott Johansen ordered an infant to be removed from her same-sex foster parents who'd raised her since birth and were trying to formalize an adoption. He cited a study (that he refused to name) that said the infant would be better off with heterosexual parents, ignoring the wishes of the biological mother to leave the infant with prospective adoptive parents April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce.
In the age of the internet, the story became national news and it did not take long for the controversial judge to reverse his decision, leaving the baby with the only parents she’d known since birth.
Now, less than two months later, Judge Johansen is officially retired:
A Utah judge who had ordered a baby girl taken away from her lesbian foster parents and placed with a heterosexual couple has retired.
Court officials announced Monday that juvenile court Judge Scott Johansen retired on Jan. 1.
He’d been on the bench since 1992 and this case wasn’t the first time he’d issued a controversial order:
Johansen was reprimanded in 1995 when he slapped a 16-year-old boy in his chambers. A woman also complained when he told her to chop off her daughter's ponytail in court three years ago.
So long, Judge Johansen.