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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More Family Court Injustices to Fathers

There seems to be no end to the series of disturbing injustices committed against fathers by family courts. Family courts routinely deprive divorced fathers not only of their own children, but even many constitutional rights, such as due process, the right to a fair trial, and the right to confront their accusers.

All too often, a feminist filing for divorce makes false allegations of child sexual abuse in order to gain child custody and the financial windfall that goes with it. Here's one tragic case. A police officer named Ray Spencer in Vancouver, Washington, was the victim of this scam. He spent nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted of molesting his own two children who are now adults and say it never happened. The son, who was 9 years old at the time, was questioned, alone, for months until he said he had been abused in order to get the detective to leave him alone. The daughter, who was then age 5, said she talked to the detective only after he gave her ice cream.

There were many other violations of due process in Spencer's trial, such as prosecutors withholding medical exams that showed no evidence of abuse, and his court-appointed lawyer failing to prepare a defense, but the judge nevertheless sentenced Spencer to two life terms in prison plus 14 years. Spencer was five times denied parole because he refused to admit guilt. That's a customary parole practice that is maliciously designed to save face for prosecutors who prosecute innocent men.

It's time for the American people to check up on their local family court, perhaps establish a monitoring committee to observe what is going on.

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