There was another hearing today in the ongoing saga of Maha Abdel Rahim and the Riverside Superior Court. This hearing was brought to terminate Abdel Rahim’s right to see her son in Puerto Rico.
Judge Dale Wells denied a notice and request for continuance by Abdel Rahim although she had presented that she could not appear and litigate on a pro per basis as she has no legal knowledge, she specified that the ACLU required more time in order to deal with the criminal charges against her in California and she specified that the extradition from Puerto Rico to California had been dismissed. The court did not consider this relevant to proceedings.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s office was present at the hearing as well and the child recovery unit investigator testified that he had called Abdel Rahim requesting her to hand over her son in January of 2013 and was advised by her that the minor child could not travel as he was too ill. The District Attorney’s office mentioned how many times they had already been involved in this case.
Judge Dale Wells ordered sole legal and sole physical custody to the father with supervised visitation to the mother in the Coachella Valley by the father, a person he knows or by a professional at her expense, terminating the mother’s rights to her son. The father’s attorney had requested unsupervised visitation. Judge Wells also lamented the considerable media attention to this case and the misinformation by the Puerto Rico media and that he was not involved in the arrest of Abdel Rahim.
After Judge Wells had created a new custody order, Judge Wells went one step further and created a new issue that was not before the court as no order to show cause had been filed.
Judge Dale Wells specifically denies other litigants the right to bring up issues that are not before the court displaying his considerable bias and prejudice, but has no hesitation to bring up issues outside the scope of the set hearing. Judge Dale Wells specifically commented on how Abdel Rahim must feel, a mockery considering what has occurred in this case, and issued an order stating that the father has to hand over the child’s US passport to his attorney and cannot travel without the court’s consent.
This again was not an issue before the court and an empty gesture as Syria is one of the countries that does not require two party parental consent to obtain a child’s passport, a fact which is also specified on the US State Department website.