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Judge who locked up 3 kids faces hearing

Posted: 10:01 AM, May 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-31 22:16:54Z

A metro Detroit judge who sent three siblings to juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father faces a disciplinary hearing that could put her job in jeopardy.

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission says the actions of Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca have eroded the public's confidence in the judiciary. A hearing in front of a former judge starts Tuesday.

Gorcyca presided over a custody dispute involving the parents of three children. Last July, she found the siblings in contempt and sent them to juvenile detention for refusing to have lunch with their dad. After widespread publicity, the kids were released after two weeks.

Gorcyca is accused of misconduct and subsequently giving false explanations. She denies it. About 200 Detroit-area lawyers have signed a letter supporting Gorcyca.