MONTICELLO - A group of parents who had Family Court child custody cases before Sullivan County Judge Michael McGuire plan a protest Wednesday in front of the Sullivan County Government Center.

The New York State Court of Appeals ordered McGuire suspended with pay on Friday following a recommendation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct that McGuire be removed from the bench for instances of misconduct dating back to 2011-2015.

The Sullivan County Legislature appointed McGuire as County Attorney, expected to be effective this month. McGuire has not yet started the new job due to personal reasons, and there is no firm start date yet, said county spokesman Dan Hust. Hust said McGuire does not intend to collect a county and state salary simultaneously.

The group of parents, mostly women, say McGuire's was capricious and hostile toward them in their cases.

Christine Motta of Eldred said McGuire ordered her son, who had been the victim of serious, protracted bullying at his school, held for 30 days at a children's psychiatric hospital after she had logistical problems getting a quick mental health evaluation for him. McGuire eventually recused himself from the case because he knew the principal of the boy's school.

“He puts fear into people, and it's not right,” Motta said.

Courtney Lambert of Livingston Manor said McGuire allowed her ex to use child protective services against her to avoid child support payments.

“This is why people don't go to court,” Lambert said.

The protestors plan to stand outside the Sullivan County Government Center on Wednesday. They plan to bring signs, and to observe all social distancing and mask requirements.

“He doesn't belong being a Family Court judge ,let alone a county attorney, with all the damage he's done to families,” said Jessica Ericson of Ferndale, who went through a bruising custody battle over her son. “There's many, many families he destroyed.”

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