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The respondent threatened to beat my daughter to f&*()^% death

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The respondent threatened to beat my daughter to f&*()^% death if she came to see her children. A protem ruled that not enough evidence to warrant permanent restraining order. Subsequently the commissioner we have had problems with all along....The one that ignored statements saying GAL lied..ruled a reduction in time for my daughter to talk with her children via phone and that all conversations be recorded when talking with Mother. Dont these children have a right to privacy?
Hello and thank you for requesting me.

I am sorry for your family's ongoing situation. You are essentially asked several things here, and I can touch base on all of them.

Right to Privacy
While generally speaking, all parties must agree to taping of conversation per Wash. Rev. Code § 9.73.030, there is a caveat for minors. Minors do not have the same privacy rights, per se. So yes, their conversations may be taped by their parents, much like parents may enter the minors' room without permission, etc. So I am afraid the ruling is lawful.

Recusal
It sounds like you are having a lot of issues with the Judge. If you feel that the Judge is unfair past the point of impartiality, discuss recusal with your attorney. A judge may be recused if you show impartiality is an issue. You'd have to demonstrate prejudice on the part of a judge. State v. Cameron, 737 P.2d 688, 691 (Wash. Ct. App. 1987). However, casual and unspecific allegations of bias are not sufficient to establish a reversal on appellate review. Id. So you would need clear proof. See also Wash. Rev. Code §3.34.110, §4.12.040, et seq.

Appeal
Know that you have a right to appeal the decision to the interlocutory court. Generally speaking, you have 30 days to do so, per Rule 5.2.

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