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Report: Judge Bans Mom From Seeing Son Until She Gets COVID Vaccine

What was supposed to be a simple hearing on child support turned out to be way more than a Chicago area woman expected. When divorced mom Rebecca Firlit joined the virtual court hearing with her ex-husband and a judge, the judge asked whether or not she had received the COVID vaccine.

Firlit has not been vaccinated, and as a result, Judge James Shapiro revoked her visitation rights with her son, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Firlit’s reasoning is that she’s had “adverse reactions to vaccines in the past.” On the advice of her doctor she has not received the vaccine. She added that, “It poses a risk.”

The Sun-Times says that it may be the first ruling of its kind. 

Thankfully, Shapiro seems to have had a change of heart, and reversed his own decision.

Shapiro has since rescinded the condition that she be vaccinated in order to visit her son.

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Judicial Overreach

The issue of the hearing was child support and other expenses. Firlit said she asked the judge what her vaccination status had to do with the topic of the hearing.

Cook County Judge James Shapiro then reportedly replied, “I am the judge, and I make the decisions for your case.” 

Her attorney Annette Fernholz calls it a case of “overreach,” adding that, “The father did not even bring this issue before the court. So it’s the judge on his own and making this decision that you can’t see your child until you’re vaccinated.”

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Judges Adding Vaccination To Sentencing

Judge Shapiro may have overstepped his bounds, but he is not the only judge in the nation who is taking into consideration the vaccination status of defendants who come before them.

In Ohio, two judges have ordered defendants to receive vaccines as part of their probation. Two judges in Georgia have even reduced some sentences if defendants agree to get vaccinated.

In Louisiana, a judge in East Baton Rouge Parish has given defendants the option of getting vaccinated in lieu of completing community service hours. 

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Update In The Case

For this case, currently there is a positive result. Rebecca Firlit’s attorney, Annette Fernholz said on Monday that the judge had reversed his order.

Monday morning, Firlit and Fernholz had filed a petition for an appeal of the ruling.

Then Fernholz said she received word from Judge Shapiro that stated he was “vacating portions of the previous order.” According to the Sun-Times, Shapiro did not give a reason for the reversal.

Firlit said, “I’m extremely happy, I’m going to see my son right now.” However this case is not over yet. Jeffrey Leving, attorney for Firlit’s ex-husband Matthew Duiven called the judge’s reversal, “unfortunate.” He also said, “I am working on an emergency motion right now to fight it.”

Firlit says she know a fight is coming. “I know that they are going to say that I’m an endangerment to my son. This isn’t over for me.”

 

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Becky Noble

Becky Noble, a political blogger and writer for over 10 years, lives by the motto, “Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.” Her work has appeared on PolitiChicks, TheBlackSphere, NewsNinja2012.com, Examiner.com, and more. Becky is currently a Journalism student in her senior year at Regent University.

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