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  • GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS AB 252 TO HELP THOUSANDS OF CALIFORNIA MEN WHO ARE PATERNITY FRAUD VICTIMS - 2004.
  • GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS VETOED AB 2240 WHICH WOULD HAVE HELPED THOUSANDS OF CALIFORNIA MEN WHO ARE PATERNITY FRAUD VICTIMS. HE CHOSE THE MONEY INSTEAD OF JUSTICE, WHICH INCLUDED MILLIONS IN FEDERAL FUNDS - 2002.

 

circle23_blue.gifIn 1998, Gil Garcetti, then the district attorney for Los Angeles County, was on a public crusade to make deadbeat dads pay up. Except that the bureaucracy went haywire and completely innocent men were caught in Gil Garcetti's dragnet.  When longtime reporter for CBS News, Bernard Goldberg, asked Garcetti when someone is proven by DNA non-paternity, why not just say, "Look, you're clearly not the father, the test has proven it, all right you don't have to pay".  Gil Garcetti answered cold bloodedly, "That violates the law."  This cold attitude continues to be pervasive in the district attorney's office towards paternity fraud and child support fraud.  Please see the link at the right for LATimesSeries1.htm for more information on Child Support Servies.

 

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Two pivital events occurred last year 2004, that changed legislation for Paternity Fraud victims in California:

  • The first was Navarro against Los Angeles County to have his child support order thrown out.  A lower court refused, but Mr. Navarro won on appeal.  He had DNA non-paternity proof.  Child support officials quickly moved to get the Navarro decision "depublished" or rendered "moot" for use in court.  Depublication would not effect Mr. Navarro, but it would prevent others from citing the landmark ruling and using it so the decision would not serve as a legal precedent for other men.  Can you imagine how desperate the Child Support Services are that they cannot support justice over money?  What if their sons were stripped of their livelihood when they are falsely accused.  Attorney Ferrer wrote on Navarro's behalf to the state Supreme Court saying, "It seems imprudent to allow a judgment that is demonstrably false to stand, when the truth should be the best result."  In its published opinion, the three-judge panel said it would not "sully its hands" by upholding an unjust decision that was unsupported by the facts. Attorney Ferrer wrote, "If the goal of our system is that justice should be done, it would be fair to say that it creates great difficulty to expect attorneys to practice in courts where truth doesn't matter, as well as to expect the public to trust and respect our legal system where truth doesn't matter."
  • The second pivotal event came in September, 2004, when Governor Schwarzenegger signed a paternity fraud law called AB 252, which allows men to challenge established child support orders under limited circumstances.  It went into effect Jan. 1, 2005.

 More details about this matter can be found at: http://www.glennsacks.com/california_governor_davis.htm

 

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