WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Palm Beach Post)-- A Palm Beach County judge in first appearance court today told a man facing domestic battery charges and his alleged victim to figure out their relationship after the woman said she isn’t afraid of him yet she still calls the police for help.
“The police department is not the babysitter for your marriage,” Judge James Martz told the woman.
Hal Holmes, who was represented by James Eisenberg, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday on charges of domestic battery by strangulation, larceny and violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence.
The alleged victim in the case appeared in court Thursday and told the judge she and the 34-year-old West Palm Beach man have five children together.
An assistant state attorney said Holmes was ordered Dec. 26 to have no contact with the woman. Eisenberg said that came out of an investigation involving the Department of Children and Families but the order has since been lifted.
The woman told Martz she wants to have contact with Holmes and also asked he be ordered to undergo counseling.
The assistant state attorney, however, asked the judge to order no contact.
“You’re not afraid of him, right?” Martz asked the woman.
“No,” she said.
“So why do you keep calling the police?” Martz questioned.
The woman shrugged her shoulders and didn’t say anything.
“This is crazy. This is the kind of thing where you look at it and we find you dead someday…and everybody says the court didn’t do anything,” Martz said. “It’s time for you to make a decision whether you want to be a headline in the Palm Beach Post. It’s time for you to either end it or fix it.”
Holmes is being held in the jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. Martz ordered Holmes to have no contact with the woman.
The case is one of at least 26 domestic violence cases Martz is expected to hear for first appearance hearings today.