Committing crime in court

November 5, 2009
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If you’re going to court for a child custody hearing and you want to present yourself in the best light to the judge, don’t beat up your kid’s mom in the courtroom.



Owen Circuit Judge Frank Nardi overheard a commotion in his courtroom from his office last week and found a man beating up a woman. Mark Winders kicked and stomped on the woman before the judge intervened. They were left alone in the courtroom while Winders’ attorney went to his car to get a file before the hearing. That’s when Winders stood up and started kicking the woman in the torso and face.



After the attack, Winders told Judge Nardi that she deserved the beating.



How stupid can you be to attack the mother of your child in the courthouse before you’re supposed to appear for a child custody hearing? If the guy was there to fight for custody of his kid, it’s safe to say he lost.



Now he’s facing misdemeanor domestic battery and drug possession charges. There’s a chance the battery charge could increase to a felony, depending on how serious the woman’s injuries are.



How stupid can you be to attack the mother of your child in the courthouse before you’re supposed to appear for a child custody hearing? If the guy was there to fight for custody of his kid or paint himself as the more-fit parent, let’s hope it’s safe to say he lost.



Judge Nardi won’t be hearing the criminal case because of his involvement in breaking up the attack. Special Judge, G. Thomas Gray of Morgan Superior Court has been appointed. Circuit Court officials said they couldn’t tell me about the child custody case because it was a juvenile case; a search on Odyssey doesn’t turn up the case. I’d assume that Judge Nardi would recuse himself from that case and a special judge would be appointed.

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  1. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  2. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  3. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

  4. If it were your child that died maybe you'd be more understanding. Most of us don't have graves to visit. My son was killed on a state road and I will be putting up a memorial where he died. It gives us a sense of peace to be at the location he took his last breath. Some people should be more understanding of that.

  5. Can we please take notice of the connection between the declining state of families across the United States and the RISE OF CPS INVOLVEMENT??? They call themselves "advocates" for "children's rights", however, statistics show those children whom are taken from, even NEGLIGENT homes are LESS likely to become successful, independent adults!!! Not to mention the undeniable lack of respect and lack of responsibility of the children being raised today vs the way we were raised 20 years ago, when families still existed. I was born in 1981 and I didn't even ever hear the term "CPS", in fact, I didn't even know they existed until about ten years ago... Now our children have disagreements between friends and they actually THREATEN EACH OTHER WITH, "I'll call CPS" or "I'll have [my parent] (usually singular) call CPS"!!!! And the truth is, no parent is perfect and we all have flaws and make mistakes, but it is RIGHTFULLY OURS - BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS GREAT NATION - to be imperfect. Let's take a good look at what kind of parenting those that are stealing our children are doing, what kind of adults are they producing? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILY AND THAT CHILD'S SUCCESS - or otherwise - AS AN ADULT.....

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