I plead to felony having sex with a minor (17 year old, I was 23) b/c alcohol was involved, was told it was a great deal because no jail time & no sex offender registration.This was 5 years ago, it has now been reduced to a misdemeanor & soon will be dismissed.I have not seen my 6 year old daughter in 1 year b/c her mother won't let me, so I filed. After gradual visitation was agreed on, we went back to court b/c she wants sole physical and legal custody, which the judge granted! We were the last case to be heard,& there were cases where fathers hadn't seen their kids for 5 years whose mothers were not awarded sole custody. He is saying I am incapable of making rational common sense decisions regarding the well being of my daughter. There has to be some bias here, what recourse do I have?I do not have an attorney so I did not know I could object to having this judge hear my custody case, which, for the record, made me uncomfortable from the first time I realized he would be ruling. It wasn't until I was talking to a friend about his unfair ruling that they mentioned he should have recused himself, that I looked into this. My criminal history was NEVER brought up by my daughters mother, who also represented herself, so this judge has to be acting on prior knowledge which the mother purposely left out. So if she left it out, shouldn't the rule with impartiality? Why should he use information, that JUDGE X, wouldn't have knowledge of unless it was brought up in court?Ihave been in my child's life all but the last year when her mother prevented it, out of spite. I am married, own a home,I have other children, I am a responsible father who wants to be there for my daughter. What recourse do I have?
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