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