Judge Rejects “Expert Witness” in Perry Reich case
In yet another 11th hour call for a court proceeding in the Perry Reich child custody battle case, the new judge introduced himself yesterday to the litigants and set down some ground rules for the parties.
Significantly, he made several rulings that seem to favor her ex-husband, Mr. Susholz. For one he barred the expert witness chosen by Ms. Reich on “conflict of interest” grounds after the Sucholz party pointed out that he is a long-time friend of Ms. Reich. The judge also denied a request made by Ms. Reich’s party that a court-appointed evaluator be brought in to launch a thorough re-evaluation of all the circumstances that may have a bearing on the case, including interviewing the children, who have never before been interviewed by the court, according to Ms. Reich.
The court did, however, allow Ms. Reich to hire an expert to analyze the evidence in the case and testify on her behalf.
In an anguished plea, Ms. Reich lamented having already shelled out $60,000 on the case. Most of the money was spent in the formative stages of the conflict when the beth din was still the arbitrator agreed upon by both parties. Beth din panelists and rabbinic lawyers (known as “toanim”) are notorious for charging outrageous price-gouging fees in the vicinity of $300-400/hour. The remainder was spent on her mediocre lawyer with whom she’s been scuffling periodically over compensation rates and access to documents relating to the case. Now she needs around $2,000 for an expert psychologist and the coffers are empty.
Since we last reported on the case, the Susholz party hasn’t been sitting by trifling idly. They have rolled up their sleeves and gotten busy, opting for a similar PR blitz approach to Ms. Reich, with the launching of the Facebook page “Saving Sinai’s Children from Instability etc…” which currently tallies 1,800 members compared to Ms. Reich’s 4,500. Yet, the Susholz party requested a closed trial at the hearing, ostensibly in the privacy interests of the children. It is not clear, if the judge has granted it.
The trial date in NJ Family court has been set for May 21st 2012.
Donations for the Reich party can be made on her ad-hoc website http://www.saveperryskids.com/