Judge Larry Willis of The Chesapeake Juvenile Courts, Chesapeake JDR Court
CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Judge Larry D. Willis, one of three presiding judges assigned to the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, is being accused of judicial misconduct based on his rulings in several child support cases. A group of concerned fathers is calling for an investigation into the cases brought before the judge to assess the lawfulness of his rulings. They are also encouraging other fathers to speak out.
According to the group, Judge Larry D. Willis commonly orders fathers appearing in the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts to pay more than 65 percent of their income in child support, a violation of both state and federal law. The judge is also accused of setting excessively high appeal bonds, further preventing fathers from seeking fair treatment under the law.
Efforts are being led by Fred Smith, founder of Chesapeake Fathers for Justice and Fair Treatment.
“Judge Larry Willis rapes and robs fathers of their civil rights, forcing working fathers to live in poverty,” said Smith. “For years, he has hidden behind the shield of judicial immunity and the confidentiality and privacy that the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts afford him. We are challenging fathers to rally and protest, and have the courage to stand up and fight back.”
Smith is especially concerned about the impact that the rulings of Judge Larry Willis have on the health and welfare of local fathers. In recent years, reports of suicide deaths in connection with child support rulings have been on the rise, not only in the U.S. but globally. Suicide among males is now four times higher than among females with male deaths representing 79 percent of all U.S. suicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Smith also notes that Judge Larry Willis’ actions may open the door to taking a closer look at how child support cases are handled not only in the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, but statewide. For more than a decade, fathers residing in Virginia have turned to state and national organizations for support and to share their stories.
“Virginia is for lawyers, but not divorced fathers,” said Lawrence White, a father and Virginia resident who shared his perspective with Fathers for Equal Rights. “And the treatment I've received as a divorced father and non-custodial parent only serves to highlight the serious flaws and injustices which exist in the child support enforcement policies, court system and laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
To join with Fred Smith and Chesapeake Fathers for Justice and Fair Treatment in demanding an investigation into the rulings of Judge Larry Willis and the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, contact the offices of Virginia Attorney General Mark. R. Herring.
Judge Larry Willis of the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court makes up his own laws as he goes. He has violated the State and Federal laws multiple times and he does what he wants in the Court Room. I have solid evidence that Judge Larry D. Willis of The Chesapeake JDR Courts has violated multiple laws and I am in the process of putting together a Federal law suit with other fathers.
15 U.S. Code § 1673 B Federal
42 U.S.C. sec. 667(b)(2) Federal
U.S. Title 45 Section 302.56 (g) Federal
§ 34-29 b1 Code of Virginia
§ 20-108.1 Code of Virginia
When Judge Larry Willis orders you to pay over 65% of your income he is in violation of 15 U.S. Code § 1673 B Federal Code and § 34-29 b1 Code of Virginia. I have Proof that he has done four times over a four year period.
If Judge Larry David Willis deviates from the Child Support Guidelines because he is Bias and likes your ex-wife well ….. According to State and Federal law he must have good REASON and Proof! Also the reason for the deviation must be documented on the Child Support order even if it is incorporated by reference. This is the law!
There is an area on your Child Support orders from The Chesapeake Juvenile Courts for him too document why he deviated from the guidelines. Guess what? This area on all of my Child Support Orders is BLANK!!
This is a violation of 42 U.S.C. sec. 667(b)(2); Federal Code, U.S. Title 45 Section 302.56 (g); Federal Code and § 20-108.1 Code of Virginia. Now when he violates the law by ordering you to pay over 65% of your income and then deviates from the Child Support Guidelines without reason and he does NOT document his reasons or finding as the law states then how can the City of Chesapeake allow such an Injustice of the court?
I’ll tell you why, his wife is on the city council, he used to serve on the Judicial Inquiry Review commission and he has lots of connections therefore he feels that he is above the law and can do whatever he wants even if it violates Federal and State laws.
Due to his judicial connections and his wife serving on the City Council in Chesapeake he violates many laws without any fear. Not only that, he is also protected by judicial immunity. No one will investigate him.
We are a group of fathers and we stand for Justice. I have Solid Proof of his unlawful actions. It’s going to be awhile but we are trying to get the paperwork ready for federal court. If anyone wants to join us Please Email Me:
I have a long list of Cases Law where this has happened before in many courts in the Commonwealth. In most cases the court was held in Error and the Child Support orders have been revered or Void. He has forced some fathers to live in the Streets with no home and No food!
Judge Larry D. Willis of The Chesapeake Juvenile Courts Commits Unlawful Actions Against Fathers
Chesapeake, VA –
A local Chesapeake father has documented proof that Judge Larry David Willis of the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court has violated multiple state and federal Laws in regard to his child support orders. “He has ordered me too pay more than sixty five percent of my income for over four years now and has made me homeless” says Fred Smith a non-custodial parent from Chesapeake, VA.
There are a number of fathers organizing to file a federal law suit against Judge Larry D. Willis in his official capacity and also we must include The Division of Child Support Enforcement agency in our federal injunction. While federal and state laws do not permit a Judge to create a child support order that takes more than sixty five percent of a father’s disposable income; Mr. Smith is facing an uphill battle because Judge Larry D. Willis of the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court is protected by judicial immunity. Larry D. Willis can only be sued in his official capacity. “I have to stand up and fight for other fathers so that this does not happen in the future! I have lost everything because of this bias Judge” says Mr. Smith.
There are many civil rights groups and fathers’ rights groups looking into his case but so far none of them have taken any action. Mr. Smith has reached out and wrote letters to President Obama, Virginia State Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. He has also tried contacting the Virginia State Governor, Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Smith has received a reply from all of them however the letters state that they will only get involved in federal matters.
Even with hard evidence The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission has not yet investigated the conduct of Judge Larry D. Willis. Mr. Smith has filed multiple complaints with The Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission and they have declined to investigate his case. The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission in Virginia is more concerned with the behavior of a Judge rather than rulings made by a state court Judge even if the rulings are unlawful or violate the law.
Who watches over our state court Judges in Virginia? The answer is no one really, a Judge can violate the law often with almost zero accountability. The laws are designed so that citizens are protected from the unlawful actions committed by a Judge who maybe bias or a Judge that is involved in deeds of misconduct while on the bench. With Judicial immunity shielding government officials from any accountability who are the laws really protecting?