Complaint Dismissed Against Neb. Judge

Posted 11 months ago

By Associated Press

Judge Joseph  Bataillon

Judge Joseph Bataillon

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A state commission that oversees judges will not investigate a district judge who told a 16-year-old state ward who was seeking an abortion that doing so would “kill the child inside you.”

The Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications on Friday rejected the complaint filed earlier this year against Douglas County District Court Judge Peter Bataillon by two abortion rights groups.

The groups, NARAL Pro-Choice America and RH Reality Check, also submitted in October an online petition with nearly 90,000 signatures to the commission urging an investigation into Bataillon, who was once chairman of an Omaha anti-abortion group.

But the commission said it is prohibited from taking any action against a judge without clear and convincing evidence of fraud, corrupt motive or bad faith.