Rightfully, wrongfully…it doesn’t matter

During last week’s blog posting I discussed Anthony’s attorney’s response to the prospective guardian’s petition.

In a nutshell, she brought a knife to a gunfight and lost badly.

This week, I have obtained and reviewed a copy of petitioner’s rebuttal to Anthony’s response and I must forewarn you, it is comprised of 31 pages of complete bafoolery in her meager attempt to comeback from the verbal thrashing she took the week prior.

There are several blaring statements (of many) of which I would like to offer my personal comments:

“There is a child who is innocent and has been caught in the middle of this process.”

Really? And whose fault is that? This “process” came about as a direct result of the prospective guardian’s actions. Her obsession with becoming Hailey’s mother (and now mother and father, since she is apply for guardianship as a single mother). She was well aware of the fact that Anthony would not consent to any adoption let alone guardianship. So for her to have the unmitigated balls to complain now is completely absurd. If she was so concerned about Hailey being “caught in the middle of this process”, then she would return Hailey to where she belongs, with her loving, willing and able biological father, Anthony. End of story.

“She is now 2 ½ years of age and has spent her entire life in the care of Petitioner since birth, whether rightfully or wrongfully so.”

I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st (April Fool’s Day). Is this woman for real? So, if I steal your wallet or your purse with $1,000 cash inside and wait 2 ½ years, whether rightfully or wrongfully so, the cash belongs to me? You wouldn’t feel any kind of way about it? #side eye

…”it is clear that father and his counsel are seeking to sensationalize and inflame emotions in what should be confidential proceedings.”

Uhm, probate cases are not confidential proceedings. A wee bit nervous all that dirty laundry is going to be aired out aye?

“The general tone of father’s Memorandum of Points and Authorities was personally attacking, there was excessive posturing, there was suggestion that the undersigned counsel was misleading the court and manipulating facts or law, and it referred to the Petitioner in inflammatory and derogatory terms, which are totally inappropriate for these proceedings”.

Uhm, if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck…well, I’m thinking it’s a duck. This little chickie was doing a whole lot of quacking. Got called on it, and now she’s salty.

I challenge each of you to read the rebuttal for yourself and post your thoughts in the comments section below. The document in its entirety can be found here.


5 responses to “Rightfully, wrongfully…it doesn’t matter

  1. I found Haskell’s response to be a breath of fresh air in the stuffy world of legalese! She had the audacity to put forth such a pathetic document and is surprised that she’s being dragged through the mud? HA! Spanking well deserved!

    • LOL exactly! Like I said, I believe she thought Anthony did not have representation so she thought she could just file this half-baked guardianship petition and it would go through easy breezy. Haskell ethered her! LOL

  2. These cases make me crazy for so many reasons but 2 really stand out. 1. The spurious claim that “this is the only family s/he has ever known so s/he should stay with us”. This is ALWAYS the tactic used by adopters after they have drawn out the process for as long as they possibly can and what kills me is that THD GENERAL PYBLIC AGREES WITH THEM!! And yet, in every kidnapping case in which a child has lived with kidnappers for years, no-one would dream of saying they should stay with the kidnappers. It is the most outrageous hypocrisy.
    And 2. The ability and desire of a father to raise their own child is always called into question & people act like fathers are not important in a child’s life. Watching my son with his Dad is one if the greatest joys of my life. They both light up when they are together. I have no doubt that if something happened to me, my partner would be the most amazing single Dad on the planet. Why, why, why do people disregard fathers?

    • It is a weak argument at best, but one frequently used by failed adoptive parents. In my opinion, it is nothing more than a manipulative tactic, an emotional appeal that seems to work on many judges. If you really think about it, it’s exactly what you said.

      It’s the equivalent of saying Phillip Garrido, the monster that kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years, should have parental rights to her because he she was with him for 18 years. That is absurd, yet that is exactly what has happened here.

      It is sad that so many discount the value of a child’s relationship with their father. It is one of the most fundamental relationships (especially for little girls) of a child’s life. It is shameful that someone would purposefully sabotage this relationship.

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