Petition 27: the Prince Petition

Additional commentary by Timothy Horrigan

(member of the House Petitions & Redress Committee)


TO: The Honorable House of Representatives
FROM: Petitioner Representative`Gene Charron, Rockingham 7
DATE: October 18,2011
SUBJECT: Grievance of`Monique Prince

Your Petitioner Representative Charron on behalf of Monique Prince hereinafter presents the following summary of her grievance and invokes the constitutional authority and duty of the Honorable House of Representatives pursuant to Articles 31 and 32 to bring about redress:

Grievance involving Judge Michael Ryan and Judge Paul Moore for erroneous application of the law relative to alimony, parental rights and responsibilities, health insurance coverage for spouses, child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence; for disregarding evidence; for creating false allegations against Ms. Prince; and for unjustly-fining Ms. Prince for following court orders.

Wherefore, your Petitioner prays that the House of Representatives consider this proposed remedy:

  1. Request a house resolution urging Judge Ryan and Judge Moore to personally apologize to Ms. Prince, her children, family, and friends in the presence of the administrative judge of the circuit court and the governor.

  2. Request a house resolution urging Judge Ryan and Judge Moore to make a written apology to Ms. Prince and her children.

  3. Amend the laws of this State to require judges who preside over cases in the judicial branch family division to take continuing education courses on domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.

  4. Introduce legislation compensating Ms. Prince for the fines levied against Ms. Prince in the family court proceeding.

This was the last petition the committee voted on. To my surprise we unanimously voted it "Unfounded." We all had some doubts about the veracity of the petitioner's story. She provided us with lots and lots of documentation, and we did look at it quite thoroughly— but in the final analysis it all just didn't add up to what she wanted it to add up to. Ironically, my name was on the final report:

PETITION #27 grievance of Monique Prince.  (Report filed 8/8/12)

Grievance Unfounded.

Committee Findings:

The Redress of Grievances Committee, having listened to the testimony and closely studied the documents of the Petitioner, believes that while she has undeniably experienced many problems before, during and after her divorce, and finds that the evidence supplied to the Committee is not conclusive.  It has become clear to the Committee that the Family Division is at times problematical and her divorce may not have been handled perfectly in every detail, nevertheless, the documentation was inadequate to support the charges in the petition. 

Vote 9-0.

Rep. Timothy Horrigan for the Committee

Other 2012 Petitions:

See Also:


The Forgotten Liars

2012 Session