Woman accused of cyberstalking, defaming judge
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish arrested a woman accused of defaming and cybserstalking a judge who was presiding over a child custody custody case in which she was involved.
Investigators said they were contacted by an EBR Family Court Judge on Jan. 8 who told them that Zaine Kasem, 25, of St. Gabriel was behind a series of harassing emails and phone calls she had received. The judge told deputies that she is currently presiding over a child custody case involving Kasem, and that the woman was upset by a recent ruling she made that prevented Kasem from moving the case to a different state.
Deputies said the judge told them Kasem began calling and emailing her office with numerous biased and unethical claims about her after she made the ruling. She provided investigators with 16 pages of emails, dating back to as early as December, in which Kasem accused the judge and her assistants of unethical behavior.
In addition to the phone calls and emails, Kasem filed a motion to have the judge recused from her case. The motion was denied. She also sent a letter to administrators at the 19th JDC Courthouse, as well as local and state law enforcement, telling them that the judge was corrupt and incompetent. She even contacted law enforcement and asked them to send a SWAT team into the courthouse to arrest the judge.
The victim told detectives that when she asked Kasem to stop contacting her office via phone and email the woman created a public website and posted personal photos of the judge and her family, including three minor children, to it. Kasem also allegedly created an Instagram account and posted photos of the judge and her family there as well. Both the website and the Instagram account had text content that made claims that accused the judge of being a corrupt thief.
The judge recused herself from the case in the face of continued harassment from Kasem. Deputies took the accused cyberstalker into custody and booked her into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison on charges of cyberstalking and defamation. Kasem was released after posted a $10,000 bond.