According to the Tennessean, Savoie is angry because during the post-divorce custody proceedings, Williamson County Circuit Court Judge James G. Martin dissolved a restraining order on Savoie's Japanese wife, Noriko Savoie, preventing her from taking the young children out of the country. Judge Martin also ordered the return of Japanese passports on behalf of the kids. Noriko Savoie promptly packed up the Savoie children and returned to Japan.
Dr. Savoie is apparently one of those guys who will go to any lengths to have his way. He obtained a custody order stateside which he had affirmed by a Tennessee Supreme Court order and off he went to Japan where he stalked his ex- and kidnapped the children. This little act of self-help got Dr. Savoie arrested and jailed in Japan for 18 days.
Since returning to the U.S. Dr. Savoie has sued everyone connected with his divorce case including his former divorce attorney. Now I should add, to be fair to Dr. Savoie, something is a little out of ht eordinary as it relates to Judge Martin's assignment to the custody case, since Judge Martin served as a private mediator in the Savoie custody dispute prior to being assigned the adjudicatory role. This aspect of the case is troubling--nonetheless it's difficult to see how the Judge's actions are anything but immune under applicable legal doctrines. There's actually a pretty good reason why the law says you can't sue the Judge, can you imagine how many lawsuits unhappy litigants would file?
As a father, in love with my children I can imagine Dr.Savoie's angst. I also get the sense from the slender reeds of this report in the Tennessean that Dr. Savoie's ego is running completely wild. He's is not going to be a happy man until he has spent a lot of money, and caused a lot of pain to those he perceives have wronged him. Frankly, I would not want to be the attorney currently representing Dr. Savoie, we already know he handles bad outcomes less than gracefully or functionally. Dr. Savoie may quickly find out that suing a Judge, in Federal Court because he didn't like an outcome is right on par with suing over a birth certificate because you don't like the outcome of a election. I think we all remember how that's working out.