California state judge Ariadne Symons banished a defendant from the state as a precondition to release in a 2012 misdemeanor case. Return and get arrested. Despite the fact that “banishment” is expressly prohibited by California’s courts, and the state’s status as a “sanctuary state,” Symons got away with it. We describe how two federal Ninth Circuit Courts hid her conduct, and denied the defendant his civil rights remedies. Could they do this again to a different defendant?
Who was this defendant? Kyle Robert Cheza: American born, Age: 42, Race: Caucasian, Height: 5’1″, Weight: 175 lbs., Brown Long Hair, Blue Eyes, Mustache & Goatee. Large tattoo on right torso.
Local press then extensively covered a 2019 disciplinary proceeding when judge Symons attempted to fix a traffic case for herself by framing her husband as the driver. A subsequent disciplinary report by the California Commission on Judicial Performance claimed to review Symon’s entire professional history, but makes no mention that she exiled an American citizen, even after he had sued her in federal court for violating his rights.
Our e-Booklet narrates judge Symons’ handling of the case and explores the baffling craftmanship the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals used to build a shield that protected her from accountability.
We then briefly describe areas across America where the practice of “banishment” is today also wielded in varied forms (in KY, PA, GA, WI, and UT), including against veterans, domestic violence victims, and residents on Native American land. Did you know that out-of-state exile is part of the American justice system? Should it be?