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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Judge Lewis Restricts All Contact and Communication With Katie

From his bed in the hospital Judge Lewis apparently signed an order about 4pm Tuesday afternoon that barred Katie's father, Edward, from all communication and contact with Katie, and barring all communication with Katie's mother Michele, and limiting contact with her mother to only CPS supervised visits. Futher, Michele's access with Katie is to be terminated if she does not encourage Katie in writing to comply with the treatment plan. Katie's cell phone and computer are also to be taken away.

The order states:

"The court finds that evidence exists to indicate that Edward and Michele Wernecke have actively prevented Katie's treatment from occuring through their contact with their daughter. The Court finds that Edward and Michele Wernecke have placed extreme pressure on Katie to not comply with the treatment plan devised for treatment of her cancer."

Now I want to know, what evidence? There was no evidence presented at this hearing. Edward and Michele did not testify at this hearing, nor have they ever been allowed to speak (except on June 15 hearing). The hearing was never concluded because Judge Lewis had a heart attack. So how can the Judge rule on the evidence when there isn't any? Is the Judge ruling as a dictator from the bench? That is not the way our courts are supposed to function. The Judge spoke to Katie privately in Houston. The Judge spoke to the doctors privately. Should not the attorneys from each side been present? Is the Judge now siding with CPS and not judging on the facts and evidence in the case?

J.E.