Sounds Fishy: Judge Who Ruled In Usher’s Custody Hearing Is Being Investigated For Bias In Another Case

February 14, 2013  |  


The credibility and fairness of Fulton County Superior Court Judge, Bensonetta Tipton Lane became somewhat questionable last year when she granted R&B crooner, Usher Raymond custody of his two sons as opposed to their mother, Tameka Foster. Foster’s attorney, Lisa West revealed that when she learned that the judge had failed to disclose Raymond’s attorney, John Mayoue had prior dealings with her, she motioned that the judge order a new trial due to the clear conflict of interest. According to reports Mayoue had assisted her in her 2008 campaign, raising 83 percent of donations.  CBS Atlanta is reporting that this isn’t the only case where the judge’s ethics are being questioned.

“I see no reason why she shouldn’t have been forthcoming with that information,” said Georgia State University College of Law professor, Clark Cunningham of Lane’s failure to disclose.

Robin Fisher also revealed that the manner in which many decisions in her 2008 divorce were handled left her questioning whether or not the judge was bias in her rulings. She expressed that Lane didn’t allow any evidence that would’ve been harmful to her husband’s case in addition to other questionable rulings, which included prohibiting her from speaking about her divorce two years after it ended.

“I couldn’t get justice. She took away my First Amendment right. My freedom of speech,” Fisher said.

Fisher’s ex-husband was represented by John Mayoue as well. She expressed that just when she was about to give up fighting in court, she learned that CBS Atlanta had been investigating the exact same judge for allegations of bias.

“It was a light bulb went off. It didn’t have anything to do with her hating my attorney. It had nothing to do with her hating me. It had to do with her connection to John Mayoue,” Robin said.

When CBS Atlanta asked the judge whether or not she always ruled in favor of John Mayoue, she responded:

“Only when he’s right.”

Gracie Ortiz Terrett also believes thats Judge Lane ruled unfairly when it came to her divorce case due to the fact that her ex-husband used to work at the Fulton County Superior Court. She expressed that Lane greatly diminished the time in which she is allowed to spend with her children for no actual reason, as there were never accusations of abuse or neglect.

“Children are affected by the decisions [Lane] makes. And if she’s going to make decisions based on relationships, financials, based on campaigns, then she doesn’t belong there,” she said.

Look’s like Tameka and her attorney may not have been crying wolf after all.

Check out footage of the full report on the next page. What do you think of this?

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  • Disgusted in Atlanta

    Benny Lane is not only crooked, she is stupid, and I mean really stupid. She is the epitome of Affirmative Action gone wrong. If she had been a white male, she never would have become an attorney, let along been appointed to the Superior Court

  • Nope

    Fathers get screwed by judges and the courts every day. Just because a mother loses her case for once (which is really why suspicion came about….) doesn’t mean an investigation needs to happen.

    • Kellz

      What an intellectual you are. Take kids from their mother to even the score….forget justice and right and wrong….please educate yourself. You

      • Nope

        “Take kids from their mother”? What about when kids are taken from the fathers, as is usually the case, hence custody and visitation cases to begin with. A lot of mothers want to ‘own’ their child, until a bill is due and they want the father to help pay for it.

    • Mrsberry

      It’s not right when any party is ruled unfairly against. If it’s a clear conflict of interests, there needs to be an investigation.

      • Me

        I agree. If she was unfairly ruling against fathers she would also need to be investigated.

  • Kelsey

    As she should be