Articles from June 2006



California Spousal Rape Bill Will Harm Innocent Men – Glenn Sacks

California Spousal Rape Bill Will Harm Innocent Men – Glenn Sacks

By Glenn Sacks (06/26/2006)

By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks – False accusations of violence or abuse are endemic in family law cases. The California Senate and the Assembly Committee on Public Safety recently approved a misguided bill which will make the problem worse by easing the way for spurious spousal rape allegations to be used against fathers.

Victims of spousal rape deserve protection, and current California law provides it. In order for the state to prosecute a spousal rape charge, the accuser need only to have mentioned the violation within a year of its occurrence to any of a wide variety of medical, law enforcement, clerical, legal or psychological personnel, or there must be corroborating, independent, court admissible evidence. (more…)

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Children’s right to anonymity ended for family courts – Britain – Times Online

Children’s right to anonymity ended for family courts – Britain – Times Online

A LANDMARK Court of Appeal ruling yesterday ended the automatic ban on identifying children involved in family court cases, even after proceedings have ended. The blanket of silence that prevents public discussion of decisions to take children from their families, or to reunite them, was lifted.The Court of Appeal ruled that Simon Clayton, who spent more than three years in dispute with his former wife Aneta over contact with their daughter, Estelle, 10, should have the right to talk openly about his case. (more…)
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Fathers Rights activist investigated for sending email message

Message proves unsettling — Page 1 — TimesUnion.com
First published: Monday, June 26, 2006

One of the Capitol’s best-known father’s rights advocates found himself under investigation after he circulated a news story about the shooting of a judge.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office said it couldn’t discuss matters under investigation. State Police could not immediately provide details this weekend.

Randy Dickinson, vice president of the Coalition of Fathers and Families New York, said he sent an e-mail out to legislators earlier this month. It contained an Associated Press story about the June 12 shooting by a sniper of a Nevada family court judge. (more…)

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Two Nevada men spared death for murder of wife and father on CourtTV.com

Two Nevada men spared death for murder of wife and father on CourtTV.com
By Matt Pordum
Court TV

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas jury sentenced John Chartier and David Wilcox to life in prison without parole Tuesday for murdering Chartier’s ex-wife and her father at their home on Aug. 18, 2004.

Prosecutors said Chartier asked Wilcox to kill Rachel Bernat and her father, Carlos Aragon, because he was angry over a “nasty divorce and bitter custody battle” involving the couple’s then-4-year-old son, Ezekiel. (more…)

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NY Court Acts Quickly and Decisively to Address Perceptions of Unfairness

Note: This is incredible!  Do you think the courts are biased against women?
Read this story from New York:
A review prompted by complaints about unfair handling of divorce cases has led to a shakeup of Westchester’s matrimonial courts, the state court system announced yesterday. 

By JONATHAN BANDLER
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original Publication: June 23, 2006)

WHITE PLAINS — A review prompted by complaints of unfair handling of divorce cases has led to a shake-up of Westchester’s matrimonial courts, the state court system announced yesterday.Surrogate Anthony Scarpino was named supervising judge of the divorce courts and several judges handling matrimonial cases were reassigned. The role of special referees who mediate divorces will also be curtailed, said David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration. (more…)

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13 Area Women Accused Of Writing Hot Checks To AG In Exchange For Child Support – FortBendNow

13 Area Women Accused Of Writing Hot Checks To AG In Exchange For Child Support – FortBendNow

Thirteen Richmond and Rosenberg-area women whose ex-husbands were behind on child support payments apparently discovered a unique way to get back the money they were owed.

J.R. Perez
Tonya Jackson

Unfortunately, according to law enforcement sources, their method appears to have involved bouncing about $50,000 in checks, written to the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies began serving warrants and arresting the women Wednesday, following sealed indictments charging each of them with engaging in organized crime.

Law enforcement sources say that beginning in September of 2005, Tonya Jackson, 32, of the Rosenberg area, hatched a scheme to secure child support payments that were owed to her but hadn’t been paid. She allegedly forged her ex-husband’s signature on a check bearing an account number that wasn’t hers.

Jackson apparently wrote bad checks for child support payments, “knowing the attorney general’s office doesn’t verify checks before sending out child support payments,” said a law enforcement source familiar with the case. (more…)

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Fugitive Darren Roy Mack wants to tell his side of the story

BULLETIN  from  William WAGENER @  OST

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Santa Maria, Thursday was consummed trying to get

reputed fugitive Darren Roy Mack, who is thought to

be in Mexico to turn himself in to authorities.

 Thursday Morning Darren R. Mack emailed

William Wagener, Producer of www.OnSecondThought.tv

and a local TV show in central Coast of California,

with a piece of information that confirmed his identity.

 Authorities, including FBI & D.A. of Washoe County, Nevada,

and Reno PD, have been seeking Mr. Mack in connection to the

death of his estranged wife, Darla in Reno, and the shooting of

the judge, Charle Weller, who sat on their custody/divorce case.

 William Wagener is the only person to have taped Darren Mack

on or about May 27, 2006, and another Reno dad in connection

with the reputed crooked acts of Judge Charles Weller nearly 2 weeks

before the events of June 12, when Judge Weller was shot through

his 3rd floor Window of the Courthouse. Mr. Mack had tried in vein for

months to get media attention to the blatantly unfair rulings of Judge

Weller, in his case and a dozen other cases. (more…)

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For want of a dad, will a child be lost?

Star-Telegram | 06/18/2006 | For want of a dad, will a child be lost?

For want of a dad, will a child be lost?

By MIKE McCORMICK and GLENN SACKS
Special to the Star-Telegram

A wealth of research confirms that fathers play a unique and important role in their children’s lives. Nevertheless, powerful forces in our society try to marginalize fathers. Unfortunately, these misguided individuals can be difficult to educate. With Father’s Day upon us, it’s worth another try.

The rates of the four major youth pathologies — teen pregnancy, teen drug abuse, school dropouts and juvenile crime — are tightly correlated with fatherlessness, often more so than with any other socioeconomic factor. (more…)

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Columbus Protests in the News!

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NEAL C . LAURON DISPATCH
From left, Scott Phelps; Judi Smith-Phelps; Quentin Durrstein and his daughter Justice; and Paul Fisher portray the need for super powers to fight injustice.

In 1953, Kris Slaughter’s father got full custody of her and her older brother after her stepfather was accused of sexually molesting a child from their neighborhood.

It was the right decision, she said, although it was almost unheard of then for a father to get custody over a mother — and it was rare for couples to get divorced in the first place.

Although her mother was accused of nothing, Slaughter didn’t see her again until adulthood.

“She never came back, except for my wedding,” Slaughter, 61, said yesterday. “I really did lose out. Children need both parents.”

(more…)

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Keeping Divorced Dads at a Distance – New York Times

Keeping Divorced Dads at a Distance – New York Times

Published: June 18, 2006
EVERY other weekend for the past four and a half years, I’ve spent three precious days with my two adolescent daughters. We play tennis in summer, ski in winter, travel when the school schedule allows. But no matter where we are, we’re all keenly aware of the thin membrane of secrecy that keeps us from being as close as we were before their mom and I divorced.

Like most divorced fathers, I’m caught in exactly the kind of nightmarish situation that experts on stress say to avoid — a great deal of responsibility, but very little power. I’m the major source of support for my children; my financial obligations are set by the state, and my wages automatically garnished. (If I lost my job tomorrow, and couldn’t keep up with my payments, a warrant for my arrest would be issued within two months.) But my influence over how my daughters are being raised is limited, sometimes by decisions their mother makes that I have no input into, and sometimes by their allegiance to her when she and I are at odds. (more…)

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