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Old 01-10-2005, 10:42 PM   #16
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That's pretty terrifying. I generally don't believe in glorifying divorce, and don't exactly like them, but seriously. It's amazing how the legal system can force you to stay with an abusive husband. How stupid.
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Don't other concerns ever override legal techicalities?

If judges have the power to overturn verdicts, couldn't they wield some other power and choose compassion and decency over technicalities?

I agree, I think it's misogynist, and the judge might be as well. He wouldn't be the first and only one either
Our concept of liberty requires us to follow the letter of the law (even the technicalities) instead of following the personal compassion of a judge. I am sure there are many criminal convictions not obtained because of the "legal technicality".
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:21 AM   #18
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Re: Judge Stops Pregnant Woman From Divorcing Abuser

he could have upheld the law (if that's indeed what the law is) without being so condescending and disapproving of the woman. i repeat these quotes:

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"Not only is it the policy of this court, it is the policy of the state that you cannot dissolve a marriage when one of the parties is pregnant," Superior Court Judge Paul A. Bastine told Hughes on Nov. 4....

Further roiling the case, Bastine told Shawnna Hughes that she had forced a prolongation of her marriage on herself with the "intentional act" of getting pregnant.

"You have created the situation by your own actions that delay your opportunity to dissolve your marriage," he said in the Nov. 4 hearing.
how does he know whether she got pregnant "intentionally"? why does he even bring this up? what does it have to do with anything? his words imply that he's punishing her for being an unchaste woman, running out and getting pregnant by someone other than her husband.

technicality or not, his views shine through his choice of words.

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Law is justice without passion, this is just one example of how sometimes, just sometimes, passion really is missed. Not to mention the justice.

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If this law is actually a law, it would fit right in with these:

http://www.dumblaws.com/laws.php?sit...=184&region=47


Washington Laws:

All lollipops are banned.

A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town."

It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.

People may not buy a mattress on Sunday.

All motor vehicles must be preceded by a man carrying a red flag (daytime) or a red lantern (nighttime) fifty feet in front of said vehicle.

It is illegal to pretend that one's parents are rich.

You are not allowed to breastfeed in public. (Repealed)

One may not spit on a bus.

When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed.

You cannot buy meat of any kind on Sunday.


Seattle Laws:

You may not carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length.

One may not spit on a bus.

Women who sit on men's laps on buses or trains without placing a pillow between them face an automatic six-month jail term.

No one may set fire to another person's property without prior permission.

It is illegal to carry a fishbowl or aquarium onto a bus because the sound of the water sloshing may disturb other passengers.
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Careful. Just because the law was very poorly applied in this one case, doesn't make it a bad law.

I would think a pregnancy is a material fact that should be known by a father in a divorce proceeding.
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I guess I'm not concerned w/ his rights, I happen to think he gave them up regarding her the day he started abusing her.

The law still doesn't adequately protect abused women, but it seems awfully concerned w/ this guy's rights
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