Family Court Commissioner Theresa Ratliff Arrested for Assaulting Husband

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A Pinal County woman was arrested last week on charges that she assaulted her husband as the two were driving near Casa Grande -- which wouldn't be much of a news story if the woman arrested weren't Pinal County Family Court Commissioner Theresa Ratliff.

Ratliff and her husband were driving to their Casa Grande home from Phoenix on Wednesday when they started arguing about "marital issues."

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Ratliff was screaming at her husband and "wouldn't let him get in a word edgewise."

Ratliff eventually hit her husband in the arm and the chest before he asked her to let him out of the car. He later told police that aside from getting smacked around by his wife, her driving was erratic and he wanted to escape the vehicle. But Ratliff refused to drop him off so her husband called the cops.

Police found the couple at their house. Both had "symptoms of recent alcohol consumption," and Ratliff told the cops about the argument. She said, in the middle of the fight, she "inadvertently" hit her husband. She was arrested.

And now Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's daily self-inflicted pat on the back:

"Government employees and officials are treated in the exact same manner as any citizens when they have allegedly committed crimes. Domestic violence is a Crime which affects people of every race, religion, sex, job position and financial status. Domestic violence destroys any family or relationship it touches, unless it is recognized, treated and stopped," Babeu says.

Ratliff was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on one count of domestic violence assault, and one count of disorderly conduct.
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mommita
mommita

I have dealt with this lady for several years and due to her conduct in court I'm finally going to file a formal complaint. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of options in pinal county.

Rozelyn Flores
Rozelyn Flores

I am married to a man paying child support. And rightfully so. He should pay child support. But he is a Marne and makes $1,800 a month and can only afford so much with a wife and two other kids, but Ratliff decided that she was going to count entitlements, that he does not receI've because he does not qualify for them, making it seem that he makes $3,100 a month. She set the child support so high that we actually ended up having to get welfare until I could find a job. Lucjuly a month later I did. A year after setting an $800 a month child support and driving 364 miles every other weekend so we could see my sep son, she orders that the other party pay 35% of travel expenses that come from mileage and a month later scoffs at the person that signed the order and says that is not correct and it cannot be ordered. Thank heavens we just got a new judge. Mccarville. He seems very fair.

yaya1
yaya1

Does anybody know how long she was incarcerated? Seems to me she got off easy!

janet
janet

OMG wonderful this is why she let my husband a Mesa police officer get away with domestic violence and still gets split custody. She was very pushy and pretty much forced me into a settlement at our hearing even though she knew I was scared and uncomfortable with the custody arrangements. She used scare tactics to get me to settle. I tried to get 3 restraining orders against him and they were tossed out. I figured it was because he is a police officer and they don't expect them to act that way, however not all police officer are good people. He still harasses me and scares me.

Graff
Graff

Did I mention that she has returned to her position at the court? And she is the judge who hears Order of Protection cases???

Lkelly
Lkelly

Graff - I'd love to talk more w/ you about this - could you email me?  lkelly@kpho.com.  I'm a reporter for CBS 5 and working on this story -

hurt
hurt

Thank you Phoenix New Times

Hurt
Hurt

I have had a long term in and out of court with Ratliff. I have had issues with her court. to my experience. she has put words on paper that do not come out of my mouth. she manipulates statements. or well it has to be the court recorder. I have never had any problems with any other judge ever. They have always documented word for word what i had to say. not in ratliffs court room. That is not right. yet i have to live with how she runs her court. i is humiliating. especially after i have just been awarded sole custody of my daughter. there was no concerns for my daughters needs. my child...... she didn't even care.

Sungonedown
Sungonedown

I know someone who would love to speak with you about Teresa Ratliff. A former MCSO deputy, thanks to her. I'll forward your email. We were wondering if anyone was still paying attention this, since she is miraculously back on the bench and making decisions in our family's case.

Graff
Graff

I can't help it, I know that she or her J.A. will read this because that's how vain she is. Theresa-I feel so sad for your children. You are an arrogant and thoughtless person. You trample on others because you feel you are entitled to it. I wonder who will get you a Diet Coke now? I hope your husband does not take you back and that you go through the pain you have intentionally inflicted on others. For goodness sake-please put some putty on your face! I never realized until now exactly how many pounds of makeup you wore! You are truly an ugly person, inside and out.

GetOverIt
GetOverIt

Her husband shouldn't take her back? Do you even have a clue about her personal relationship? Do everyone a favor and get over your ignorant mindset.  Only an "arrogant and thoughtless" person would make such comments without having their facts straight.  Quite honestly, YOU clearly don't belong in the court room.  You probably miscontrued everything and were the source of the mistakes made in the court room.

Snee
Snee

Okay, wink wink.  You're probably right Kathy.  Tell me, do you think you still should have remained a J.A. once Vanderpool fired you for your idiotic mistakes and Ratliff hired you on.   

Brittany
Brittany

Theresa Ratliff is scum and she deserves all of the negativity that has entered her life. To be able to take kids from a loving mother who brings in 100k/year and getting custody for a dead-beat father who lives off well-fare surely came and haunted you, didn't it?

truthseeker
truthseeker

Is there a bounty on professional and high-profile women in Arizona? Her husband must be a friend of Senator Bungaard.

Jason
Jason

I think she was prominently featured in the Arizona Republic because she goes after dead-beat parents with a vengenance. I remember reading that she made one guy buy his daughter school supplies and that he needed to bring the receipts into court.

I think maybe he learned from his buddy the MCSO shurf about targeting prominent defendants..... Hopefully Buffoon doesn't get sued for false arrest like his hero the MCSO shurf.....

Graff
Graff

She was prominently featured last year. This woman's head is so far in the clouds. She believes that she is invincible and can do no wrong. Any mistake that is made is blamed on someone else. From my time working with her, she routinely engaged in histrioics and made many others feel like they were beneath her. I want to frame this mugshot.

Graff
Graff

I absolutely love this story!! As a courtroom clerk who used to clerk for this woman, I just have to say. . .payback's tough. Ms. Ratliff often held court waiting so she could primp and look her best. On Wednesdays, she would pull her back- because as she would say, "The prisoners will think I'm too beautiful". Wonder how she loves the beauty products in the detention center!

Davis
Davis

In the courtroom. In front of poor unfortunates describing their financial misfortunes she announced "I will never have to be in that situation!" as if she had an arrogance about her financial stability, and bruising those in front of her bench. 

Agu681399
Agu681399

can you email me I would like to talk to you agu681399@yahoo.com

Graff
Graff

What's your name and then I will email you?

woefatcat
woefatcat

all people from AZ look alike......

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think Babeu has made an exception to his statement about equal treatment. He seems to have forgotten about the shurf of MCSO...

Is it just me, or does this female commissioner bear a striking resemblance to Susan Brock?

Native Guns
Native Guns

Sorry Tom, but women under a RepubliKKKoon controlled regime are treated just as the same as non-whites. Maybe not as bad as illegal aliens. But bad enough that the women are prejudiced against based on gender. If this was a White male GOPsucker, he'll be left off the hook rather easily. This situation kinda reminds me of Scott Bundgaard and his former flame.

But yeah, double-standards is nothing to boast about because it's been there for quite some time.

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