One year ago, the probate
Court judge in Oakland County Michigan, Kathleen Ryan, ordered compulsory mediation with a retired probate court judge. The mediation was opposed by me, in view of the controversy: my claim that the judge's appointee, Marvin Sharon, attorney at law, in Oakland County, had committed perjury, a criminal offense. In my view, a lay person's view of the law, one does not "mediate" criminal offenses. Nevertheless, she insisted on mediation with her crony and pal, the retired probate court judge. However, it turns out, that this chap had served as Probate Judge for my father, when he had served as PR, on the death of my grandmother. Both my father, i.e. the decedent in the current case, and me, were beneficiaries of my grandmother, in other words, this retired judge knew very well, both me and my father. My question then, is whether that retired judge should have been ineligible to serve as a mediator? There were scores and scores of other persons, with no first hand knowledge of me or my family, who could have served this role, i.e. persons listed by the Oakland County judiciary, to serve as mediators. Did Judge Ryan appoint this retired probate court judge BECAUSE he knew me and my father? Is there no ethical standard within the legal community, that forbids this kind of machination? Why didn't that retired judge recuse himself, upon learning of the decedent's identity?