In a recent interview, Dena Smith, spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Resources, said her agency will propose legislation in next year’s General Assembly to make sure what happened to Hatley will not happen again to anyone facing the same predicament.
Hatley, 50, sat in a South Georgia jail in Adel for almost 13 months even though a special assistant state attorney general and the judge knew he was not the child’s biological father. In 2001, Hatley had been ordered to pay $16,398 in past-due child support even though a DNA test proved he was not the parent.
Good for Mr. Hatley. This is an example of a civilization gone nuts. It won’t get fixed until the state gets out of the child support collection racket, and when mom’s who defraud men this way are put into jail. I happen to think it is a very serious thing to lie about who the father of a child is.
I hope we’ll learn whether indeed, Mr. Hatley is forgiven the child support debt. It should also be interesting to see if this proposed legislation gets anywhere, and who speaks against it.
via Wronged ‘deadbeat dad’ may be free of child support | ajc.com.