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Judge to Selena Gomez

Sorry, No Permanent Protection

... For Now

11/23/2011 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The judge has thrown Selena Gomez a temporary lifeline ... but he's not willing to pull her to shore.

Moments ago, the judge in Selena's alleged stalker case refused to hear the singer's request for a permanent restraining order because Thomas Brodnicki -- who's temporarily in the looney bin -- was unable to appear in court.

Gomez' lawyer mentioned to the judge he could have contacted the court when he was free, but Brodnicki chose to speak with TMZ instead ... so it was his choice whether to contact the court.

Nevertheless, the judge was not moved ... and ruled he would not issue a permanent restraining order until Brodnicki has his day in court

In the meantime, the judge has extended the temporary restraining order so she still has some fleeting protection.

The judges ruling was bizarre because other judges regularly issue permanent restraining orders ... even when the alleged stalker is not in court.

The next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6. 

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Christy    

I agree that it won't necessarily protect her but I agree with Nicole...what could it hurt? That old fart needs to rethink his position. Bet if it was his daughter it would have been a done deal!

1064 days ago
17.

ginger    

A piece of paper can be an added shield. The court didn't even give her that. Poor kid : (

1064 days ago
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patty    

this poor girl, this guy is scarey crazy, the fact that they won't issue a restraining untill he tries or does hurt her is just ridiculous, they need to help her now, can't they get him into a psych hospital?? i don't think he is competent to take care of himself

1064 days ago
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Chris    

The temporary restraining order the judge granted gives EXACTLY the same protection as the permanent restraining order sought, except with a time limit to give the guy a chance to explain himself. This story is a non-issue. (A restraining order granted *without* an appearance can be overturned on appeal; a temporary one cannot.)

1064 days ago
20.

buzz kill    

To many judges are out to lunch, senile and clueless. Judges should be elected not appointed. Citizens should be able to get rid of judges who think they are God.

1064 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Judge to Attorneys: Give the lunatic a chance. He loves her like his love song. Baby.

*/sarcasm off*

1064 days ago
22.

NobodySpecial    

The judge is a douchebag. This guy wants to kill this woman and he is playing "Oh, he has rights you know."

If this guy hurts Selena the judge is going to need a restraining order himsel****ainst a hell of alot of people who will be mad as hell at him.

1064 days ago
23.

Liz    

http://buzzfeed.com/lizc7/21-celebrities-who-are-younger-than-you-thought-3wwu

1064 days ago
24.

IceGypsy    

The stalking laws really need to change. In this case I don't think it would matter if the judge makes it permanent or not. A peace of paper is not going to stop him from getting to her.

1064 days ago
25.

Lauren    

sooooo is he going to wait until he ACTUALLY kills her? These judges are straight up ignorant....have they learned nothing? F'n loser

1064 days ago
26.

Mike    

THIS JUDGE IS A MORON! he was in department C of the Burbank Courthouse...he ruined SEVERAL of my cases !!!! DUMB DUMB judgE!

1064 days ago
27.

joey    

whats it gonna take? for her to get killed to have something done !!!!

1064 days ago
28.

tabia    

maybe the judge is a belieber and wants something to happen

1064 days ago
29.

Angela    

There is no such thing as a PERMANENT RESTRAINING ORDER! This implies that it is there forever! There is no such monster. A permanent restraining order usually has a 1 year expiration date! It is misuse of vocabulary to call it permanent unless it is!

1064 days ago
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UPYOURS    

This frigging judge needs to step down if he's not going to do the right thing.

1064 days ago
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