Judge chastises ‘tweaker’ moms
August 19, 2004
MINDEN – A district court judge expressed his frustration at two young adult mothers in his courtroom this week for methamphetamine charges after they rolled their eyes at him.
District Court Judge David Gamble stopped the sentencing of April Ryland-Robinson, 25, of Topaz Ranch Estates, and drug tested her and Carmen Sigler, 26, of Indian Hills, who sat in the jury box awaiting her arraignment for possession of methamphetamine.
Both women have been in Douglas County jail and tested negative.
He said he was frustrated at the attitude that Ryland-Robinson and the other “cute little tweaker” exhibited by glancing at each other and rolling their eyes.
He said by calling the women “tweakers,” he hoped to wake them up to the realization that that is how others see them. He said he would have left the bench long ago if he didn’t feel tough words could help people to change.
“I’m coming across as mean as I possibly can to you, so you can see what is really happening instead of what you think happens in your drug-induced world.”
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Gamble told the women he wanted them to understand he wasn’t angry at them, but that he just wanted to see them change.
“I wouldn’t sit up here anymore if I didn’t have hope,” he said.
Gamble gave Ryburn-Robinson a five-year suspended prison term and Sigler will enter a treatment program and drug court to keep the felony off her record.
Both women have children who were taken away from them when they were arrested in separate incidents.
Gamble told them it was possible to get on the right track.
“The human spirit is stronger than meth,” he said.