- Out of the twenty-seven
judicial districts for the State of Oregon, Judge Grensky ranks
in the bottom 2%
of all judges according to The Robing Room, an online website that publicly
reviews Oregon Judges. Out of the 173 Circuit Court Judges in Oregon,
there are only three Judges with worse
ratings than Grensky. Notably, almost half of Judge Gresky's poor
reviews are from attorney's. The Oregon Court of Appeals is currently
looking into how many cases Grensky has had overturned. And now, Grensky's
judicial authority has come into question yet again.
Grensky's most recent
miscarriage of justice took place in an ongoing child custody case between
Christi MacLaren and her ex, Sean Lenzo, over their six-year-old daughter.
Judge Grensky removed
custody from Christi on Oct. 13, 2015 (Judge Grensky formally granted
status quo custody on May 19, 2016, although daugther has been with
Lenzo since Oct. 13, 2015) when Department of Human Services (DHS)
Child Caseworker, Cori McGovern, testified that Chirsti had mentally
abused her own daughter. Christi had previously reported that Sean Lenzo
(biological father) had rubbed, "magic cream" on her daughter's
vagina in a really fast motion until bleeding/severe burning occurred
– this according to her daughter. Next, the young girl reportedly
claimed Lenzo took a picture of her vagina while it was bleeding, eventually
showing her the photo as he laughed. This allegation, while cruel in
nature, might not be "sexual" as originally reported.
Eventually the father
was cleared by police after a sex abuse polygraph exam was passed. The
test only included three questions provided by Child Caseworker, Cori
McGovern. Other forms of abuse, including torture - were never explored
during the polygraph. Once the court-inadmissible test was passed, Child
Casworker McGovern turned around and labeled the mother a "mental
abuser", which Judge Grensky used to grant the father custody –
the same person the daughter had identified as her abuser.
abuse has continued since Grensky granted Lenzo custody. Since removing
the child from her protective parent, twelve new claims and documentation
of child abuse and torture at the hands of Lenzo have been brought to
the attention of authorities – none of which are sexual in nature.
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It was reported
that the daughter will not disclose these allegations to anyone other
than her mother, as she does not trust the agency (Department of Human
Services) because they "lied to her" by telling her
she would be safe, then removed her from the very person she wants to
be with - her mother, and placed her with the man she identified as
the abuser. The child is also reportedly in fear of retaliation by Lenzo,
not only against her, but her mother and her mother's family members,
which was also reported. Instead, the brave six-year-old has asked to
talk with Judge Grensky – to date, he has not allowed this.
Although the claim
that Christi had mentally abused her daughter was
later reversed by Cori McGovern's own superiors in a formal letter,
Judge Grensky's actions have shown that he'd rather believe a child
caseworker who does not have the ability or credentials to diagnose.
Not only would he believe the caseworker over her own superiors, he
has seemingly taken the caseworker's word over Licensed Clinical Social
Worker Victoria Bones, who stated, "I recommend all contact
(daughter and Lenzo) stop immediately, including supervised visits."
Victoria Bones has the ability to diagnose, unlike McGovern, who has
as a child caseworker.
a year and a half later, trial for custody was initiated. Judge Grensky
said there would only be a one day trial against the wishes of the attorneys
involved. A one day trial that started on Jan. 19, 2017 has now turned
into four days, scattered over several months. The final day of trial
(if several more days are not necessary) is now scheduled for April
Judge Grensky has
clearly shown his lack of knowledge in this case, which was likely influenced
by his own actions, allowing the trial to last several months. He has
forgotten several key pieces of evidence and testimony, even apologizing
at one point for his memory loss. His actions thus far have clearly
demonstrated that he does not want to remove custody from the father,
even in the face of overwhelming evidence, misconduct, and violation
of orders by Lenzo to further keep the child from her mother.
One witness recently
stated, "If Judge Grensky's actions in court are any sign of
how he will rule, the mother will not get custody..."
Here are just
a few violations named by the attorney:
the Right to be Heard "A judge shall accord to every person who has a legal interest
in a proceeding, or to that person's lawyer, the right to be heard according
told Judge Grensky that her daughter wants to talk to him, and that
she also wants the same. She stated this several times, saying that
her daughter said she was told by Stacey Hubbard, one of the counselors
that, "The Judge is the person who makes decisions."
Judge Grensky completely ignored this testimony, denying the young girl
her right to be heard which is now part of the court record. Judge Grensky
also disallowed other witness testimony by initially saying there would
only be a one day trial, preventing subpoena's for other witnesses that
Christi wanted to testify.
Demeanor, and Communication with Jurors (B) "A judge shall be patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants,
jurors, witnesses, lawyers, court staff, court officials, and others
with whom the judge deals in an official capacity..."
Grensky is an, "arrogant pompous piece of garbage." --
Senator Alan Olsen, Vice Chair of DHS' Oversight Committee
Judge Grensky stated
there would only be a one day trial with knowledge there were around
twenty witnesses subpoenaed to testify. Since Judge Grensky did not
allow proper scheduling, this trial will touch its fourth calendar month
before it's likely resolved. His actions have been anything but patient
according to what several witnesses and myself have seen. His rude demeanor,
as referenced by comments at the Robing Room have also been very clear
in this case. Judge Grensky has been extremely rude at times to both
parents' attorneys and the parents themselves. Judge Grensky's neglect
of courtesy has also extended to several of the witnesses. After reviewing
transcripts of this case, Oregon Senator Alan Olsen, a champion for
children, referred to Judge Grensky as an, "arrogant pompous
piece of garbage."
Settlement and Serving as a Settlement Judge "A judge may encourage parties to a proceeding and their lawyers
to consider settling matters in dispute but shall not act in a manner
that coerces any party into settlement."
According to direct
witnesses, Judge Grensky has repeatedly pushed for settlement after
settlement in this case. He has also done so on court record. This case
is now approaching two years without resolve. All parties to this case
reportedly owe, or have paid their attorney's a combined $100,000.00
in legal fees, yet Judge Grensky still pushed for settlement. Is pushing
for settlement after settlement while clients pay $100k in legal fees
not enough to be considered coercion?
3.10 Disqualification (2)(b), "Acting as a lawyer in the proceeding."
Judge Grensky has
bordered on giving legal advice in this trial, if not directly providing
it, and has asked more questions than one of the attorneys involved,
Robert Good. Grensky questioned several witnesses over and over and
Judge Grensky has
made outlandish comments throughout trial, bolstering the belief that
the father will retain custody when the evidence (two passed mental
health exams by mother - expert testimony stating the child should live
with her mother, and wants to live with her mother and her only other
sibling - and mother being cleared by the caseworkers superiors in a
formal letter, disproving Christi as causing mental abuse) has clearly
shown the mother should have never lost custody to begin with.
Sadly, it appears
by Judge Grensky's actions that he will side with an admitted meth and
cocaine abuser, Sean Lenzo. Although Lenzo claims to have several years
of sobriety, he was never given a urine analysis to confirm or deny
drug use before he was awarded custody. Lenzo was in drug court as recent
as 2012 according to records. Judge Grensky also has knowledge of these
facts. Judge Grensky also knows the child's mother has a spotless record
with no criminal convictions.
experience today revealed a threat to our community, someone who would
harm for no particular reason, and be incredibly rude to all parties
in the process. I witnessed a person with power acting dishonorably
today - both legally and ethically. I hope this message is seen by someone
who has influence. It's a 'slap in the face' to the tax payer to allow
this in our community justice system."-- John Heaslet (the Robing Room)
If you are unfortunate
enough to end up in front of Judge Grensky, I would suggest that you
communicate with your attorney about your options to recuse him.
I've spent the last
ten years reporting on criminal and civil cases across the United States.
As a reporter working predominately in courts, it perturbs me to see
a case like this. Judge Grensky is without doubt the worst Judge I've
witnessed to date and the saddest part is, people like him are rarely,
if ever, held accountable. I truly believe Grensky will rule in favor
of Lenzo, thus causing more legal fees, another case added to his appeals
record, and a child forced to continue living with her alleged abuser,
and that injustice is what saddens me most.
before trial started
Note:While some of the following information might be a
bit repetitive, I believe this case and this helpless little girl to
be important enough to add my first-hand knowledge.
Christi McLaren first began taking her young daughter to professionals
in June of 2015, because her daughter disclosed to her that she had
been abused by her biological Father, Sean Lenzo. Subsequently, her
daughter was taken to a court appointed, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Licensed Clinical
Social Worker with over thirty years of experience. This well qualified
professional believed that this young girl had been abused and she went
to the extreme of recommending that she have no contact with Sean Lenzo
at that time. Caseworkers Matthew Brody and Cori McGovern totally ignored
this finding and they kept this child with the very person she claimed
abused her. For the record, this girl described to me long ago exactly
what Sean Lenzo did to her. What she described to me is absolute abuse,
severe enough to ruin this child. I promise both of these incompetent
and “dangerous” caseworkers that this young girl’s
abuse is going to become an albatross to them – one they will
find very difficult to rid themselves of!
Is This Justice?
A trial commenced on January 19, 2017, in front of Jackson County
Circuit Court Judge Ronald D. Grensky. It was originally scheduled for
2 days and then cut to one by Grensky. The trial did not conclude on
the 19th. Grensky continued the trial to February 2, 2017. The trial
did not conclude on the 2nd. Grensky continued the trial to March 7,
2017. The trial did not conclude on the 7th. Grensky continued the trial
to April 13, 2017. We will soon see if the case concludes or if Grensky
continues yet again. Christi’s daughter is currently six-years-old,
however, at one point in this trial Grensky stated her age to a witness
and he was a year and a half off. Obviously, when a judge holds a trial
one day at a time, with huge gaps between days, he gets quite forgetful
of the facts.
Sean Lenzo has had numerous drug charges and has admitted on the
record that he has used Heroin, Meth and Cocaine. Christi Maclaren has
a spotless record, in fact, she supported their daughter for years without
any financial support whatsoever from Lenzo. There has been more than
enough evidence provided on the record for Grensky to have concluded
that this precious young child should be with her Mother, however, this
poor excuse of a human being continues this complete charade, knowing
that he is going to leave the girl with her “abusive” father.
Joseph Pulitzer once quipped, “Newspapers should have no friends,
but seek the truth.” The US~Observer takes this quote very serious.
In the pursuit of this ideal, we assure all involved that each and every
fact in this case will be made public and we also guarantee each and
every player involved that their friends, relatives and communities
will know exactly and factually what they have done and not done regarding
their lack of protection of this very special young girl and her exceptional