More disturbing than the cavalier treatment of Leisk's attempts to defend himself against the ridiculous and previously dismissed charge was Judge Kopelman's admonition to Morin before Leisk was given his turn:
(To Morin:) "If you send him to jail, your daughter's going to hate you for this."
When men are brought to P & F Court for contempt charges, it's typical for judges to make their decision to jail or not after asking the female plaintiff what she wants done. Such behavior, exemplified in Leisk's case, shows that judges are not ruling based on what is correct and just, but instead on the wishes of the female plaintiff. Thus, the decades-old charge that courts discriminate against women has now come full circle: women are now empowered to have men jailed on their whim. This behavior can be observed at any Probate & Family Court on contempt day.
After being cuffed in the courtroom, Leisk was then instructed to work out an agreement with his ex-wife and her Dedham attorney, Alanna Bravman. While Kopelman continued with his next customer, Leisk argued with Morin and her attorney until Kopelman ordered Leisk into lockup, from where he was taken to the Dedham jail to begin serving his 30-day sentence.
Leisk planned to be boarding a plane for Hawaii with his younger daughters July 24; instead he was given an all-expenses paid trip to the Dedham prison.