Judge Timothy Philpot Reprimanded: Used Families As Guinea Pigs for “Independent Research”

 Judge Tim Philpot of Fayette County Family Court (Source: http://www.kentucky.com)

Judge Tim Philpot of Fayette County Family Court (Source: http://www.kentucky.com)

(Fayette County, Kentucky: 1/06/2017): Controversial Judge Timothy N. Philpot, 22nd Judicial Circuit, who admits,”I was Mr. 2.9 GPA. I barely made it into law school...”  is given a public reprimand by the Judicial Conduct Commission.

The complaint resulted after Judge Philpot required that divorcing couples with children “participate in special hearings to determine if their marriage is irretrievably broken“; while couples without children were not subjected to hearings.  Public Reprimand Judge Philpot – KY

Judge Philpot was also found to have given confidential information about family court cases, which were not public record, to 3rd parties for “independent research and teaching duties“. Findings from the Judicial Conduct Commission did not include whether Judge Philpot received any financial or other benefit from providing this sensitive information to still unnamed sources.

The Judicial Conduct Commission has determined that Judge Philpot has engaged in misconduct and violated judicial conduct codes in the following ways:

  • Abused his judgeship to advance the private interests of others
  • Failed to act fairly and impartially
  • Used or disclosed non-public information, gathered in a judicial capacity, for purposes unrelated to judicial duties

The Judicial Conduct Commission had the option to suspend Judge Philpot without pay, and to remove him from the bench. They chose to give him a public reprimand.

In layman’s terms, Judge Philpot used his family court as a lab and experimented on families appearing before him, like guinea pigs. 

Clearly Judge Philpot is using human lives to advance his own agenda: When divorcing couples appeared before Judge Philpot, the merits of the case, and the facts, were not made a priority. Instead, Judge Philpot evaluated families, who without their knowledge or consent, became part of a social experiment. Families with children were forced to attend “special hearings“. The information gathered from the court cases were then sold or given to 3rd parties for “independent research and teaching duties“.

Questions That Need to Be Answered:

  • Did Judge Philpot receive any payment or other benefit for providing information to 3rd parties?
  • Who are the 3rd parties to which the information was released?
  • How was the information used?
  • What is being done to secure the privacy of the litigants involved?
  • What is the court doing to protect the privacy of litigants, and prevent this from happening again?
  • Has the Judicial Commission made any effort to contact the families involved?
  • Is the Judicial Commission investigating other complaints and/or concerns against Judge Philpot?
  • Why did the Judicial Commission only issue a reprimand and not consider a more severe form of discipline?

Since Judge Philpot was acting outside the functions of his judicial duties, he does not have immunity, and could be subject to civil action. 

In my opinion, a public reprimand does little to address the severity of these offenses, Judge Philpot should have been dealt with more harshly. Think about it – the information that Judge Philpot handed to “researchers” could later be used in studies about divorce or family court, and could affect public policy. Or be used in expert testimony.The research could even shape the outcomes of divorce and custody proceedings in the future.

That Judge Philpot, a family court judge, is involved in unethical human experimentation conducted through proceedings he presided over should result in immediate disbarment. 

Think about it – how many rulings were affected by this “research”? How many parents lost custody? How many parents had visitation with a child restricted? Not to mention possible violations of Constitutional rights…. Does the Judicial Committee have an understanding of how serious this is? To give Judge Philpot just a reprimand does NOTHING to address the toll his misconduct has had on human lives, on the futures of children. 

This is not the only instance that Judge Philpot has used court cases that appeared before him for a personal advantage – he also “started having fun” and wrote a tell-all book based on his experiences as a family court judgeJudge copies plot from his novel in some divorce cases before his court by Tom Eblen

Judge Philpot also publicly states that he believes that he is a on a mission from “god” and was divinely appointed to be a family court judge:

Sue and I prayed this prayer: “Lord, put me in the middle of the mess.” Let me tell you, Family Court is as messy as it gets

Families should not be there, but of course, they are there every day. A lot of poor people with serious issues, a lot of rich people spending their last dollars to fight with each other over who gets what, a lot of families with children being taken away and going into foster homes. Termination of parental rights, nasty, nasty, nasty divorces, domestic violence—stuff that would shock most people if they walked in to witness it just one time.

And there I am. No jury. Just me and the mess.

One hundred years from now, I truly believe I’ll be in heaven.” My Life as a Loser by Tim Philpot

To let Judge Philpot off with a “reprimand” does not assure the public safety. Nor does it address the violations of privacy that were inflicted on the families who were victimized by this out of control judge. The families involved certainly deserve to be notified that their information was stolen and used in research. Judge Philpot should also recuse himself from cases in which he was found to have engaged in misconduct.

Judge Philpot has drawn widespread criticism … you only need to do an internet search on his name to find other areas for concern. 

Judge Philpot has been accused of discrimination after making negative comments about homosexuals and gay marriage including, their relationships are “sterile” and “just entertainment“:Family court judge says gay relationships are ‘just entertainment’ by Debra Cassens Weiss

Concerned citizens have taken to social media to expose Judge Philpot on the following blog:  A site to discuss judicial misconduct by Timothy N Philpot a judge in Fayette Family Court/

In this video, Judge Philpot threatens a father “I’ll issue an order that he’s never gonna see his kid again as long as you live. A little 5 year old child, he’s never see his 5 year old ever again as long as he lives…”  This is just unacceptable!


In this video Judge Philpot makes a joke about having sex with a judge, that turns into a joke about incest, stating “you’re not allowed to have children with your father, that is still a crime in Kentucky..” 


In this video Judge Philpot ADMITS that “more than once” the murder of a child resulted after a custody order he issued … WHY is this happening? In several states, CPS has been investigated after a child was murdered in state care, with lawmakers working to address the system’s failures. Yet Judge Philpot ADMITS a child was murdered “more than once” after a custody ruling, and no one in Fayette County is investigating what went wrong???


About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. Written by a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. She has spent over a decade trapped in family court until her children finally aged out of the system. Through writing and blogging, FCI is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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5 Responses to Judge Timothy Philpot Reprimanded: Used Families As Guinea Pigs for “Independent Research”

  1. Another one gets away with it. When will they FINALLY be held accountable?!?!?!?!?

  2. familycourtfemmesfightingcorruption says:

    Oh, my gosh! I had a federal, former EEOC judge start stalking me through my blog, thinking that she was an ally or friend in the beginning. But now, I think she tried to toss me into some “adverse childhood experiences” (NIH) study or something, without my timely, fully informed, sufficient knowledge or “consent.” These NGO/non-profit whores of the court are EVERYWHERE! They are a work, or, shall I say, non-work, the pharmacy, and on every corner. The same non-Caucasian individuals actually follow me everywhere I go–which now, is where I can’t walk. These people stole my only child, my career, then jobs, and now privacy, which we haven’t had for many many years. They have ruined are life. Can’t we just make them go away and banish them to their own creepy island, or something, where they can all study and inter-mate with each other for “entomological diversity?” N0n-Help! Non-Help! Non-Protection!

  3. Penny says:

    I have personally witnessed his behavior. There are way too many issues to discuss here. This man does not need to be in charge of family hearings. He is one sided and doesn’t listen. If you can’t afford an attorney, you will definitely lose because he is not interested in right or wrong. He is interested in who knows the law and the best presenter. He calls people names and is verbally abusive at times. The list goes on and on.

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