FRANKFORT - Protesters marching to remove Family Court Judge Debra Lambert picketed for action from an unusual source Wednesday, that of Judge Lambert's husband, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert.
The morning's quiet picket by the Somerset-based group, Concerned Citizens for a Better Family Court, circled the capitol building steps with signs asking the chief justice to hold his wife accountable. Some had driven several hours to show their dismay and frustration with what the group claims is Lambert's unethical behavior on the bench, including presiding over cases despite conflicts of interest and not allowing some litigants to defend themselves.
Only recently has any legal professional voiced concern.
Legal Aid lawyer Robert H. Brown told the Courier-Journal that Judge Lambert's inconsistency when ruling has been devastating on his client's lives. She listened to both sides with care or cuts them off completely before an abrupt ruling, Brown said.
Her decisions "cause anguish and turmoil for the parties that appear before her as well as the children involved," said Brown. He said a costly drug test she often orders, with or without cause, has also hurt less fortunate clients. Several protesters supported his claim.