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Court Rules Against Psychologist Who Campaigned Against Judges

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has rejected Charlotte psychologist Lisa Pennington's request to regain custody of her kids. The Charlotte Observer has the story here. Judge Becky Tin ruled against Pennington in 2009. In that case, Pennington was seeking custody of her kids. Tin's ruling prompted Pennington to help lead a high-profile campaign this past election against some Mecklenburg County district judges. The group, called North Carolina Court Watch, believes these judges are guilty of bias and corruption in the family court system (WFAE examined the group's efforts in this story, titled, 'The Belk Effect' Lingers in 2010 elections). In Pennington's case, the Appeals court ruled "There are ample unchallenged findings of fact that support the trial court's ultimate factual conclusion that Dr. Pennington caused physic and psychological damage to her children." The court did note, however, that judge Tin went too far in the requirements she set for Pennington to see her kids without supervision.