Wednesday, December 5, 2007

AverageBro NewsBriefs - Frivolous Lawsuits Edition

All the news that's fit to print, but not worthy of it's own post.

Well, it's Q4, which means the Day Job is cracking the massas's whip having us chase that paper double-time to reach those EOY targets. This of course means I'm gonna have to keep the blog entries short and sweet for awhile, since my wife wants that new iPod for Christmas, and you know where money doesn't grow.

Anyways, some stuff that caught my eye.

Jena Six Slapped With Lawsuit

Hmmm, just when you thought Mychal Bell was out of trouble after taking that guilty plea the other day, the bad news just keeps on comin'.
The family of the victim in the "Jena Six" case has sued the adults accused of beating him, the families of the juveniles allegedly involved and the board of the school where the attack occurred.

Justin Barker and his parents, David and Kelli, also accuse a seventh, uncharged student of being part of the group that attacked Justin on Dec. 4, 2006, as he walked out of Jena High School's gym headed to another class.

Barker spent several hours in the emergency room after the attack but was discharged and attended a school event the night after the attack.

The lawsuit was filed Nov. 29 in state district court. It alleges that the LaSalle Parish School Board is liable because school employees were not adequately supervising students and failed to maintain discipline.
Let's be honest here, the Barker family is not suing the Jena 6. Lord knows, even beyond the money some of these idiots are flossin' on MySpace and BET, these kids and their families don't have two nickels to rub together. This is all about trying to extort the county school board, which I think is pretty darned heinous when you think about it.

Still, I can't help but wonder how much that MySpace fiasco might have agitated the Barkers to the point that they wanted their own money. If we see Justin Barker on Facebook covered in dollar bills, or on the CMT Awards next year, we really shouldn't be all that surprised.

Sperm Donor Sued For Back Child Support

Boy, talk about ungrateful recipients. This one takes the cake.

A sperm donor may have to pay child support after the mother's lawyer argued that the man has sent birthday cards and otherwise acted like a father to the teenage child, the donor's lawyer said.

A Nassau County Family Court judge recently blocked the man from seeking a paternity test. The man's lawyer, Deborah Kelly, says the Nov. 16 ruling sets the stage for a magistrate to determine how much her client may owe in support. The parties in the case are listed anonymously.

The man, a doctor, donated sperm to a hospital resident and her female partner in the late 1980s. The child was born in July 1989.

The donor and the women agreed verbally that he wouldn't have any rights in the child's upbringing, according to court documents. But he allowed his name to appear on the child's birth certificate because he felt it was in the child's best interests to have "an identity," court documents say.

But Kelly said her client's gestures of goodwill were being unfairly used against him.

"What's the saying? No good deed goes unpunished," she said.
I know I usually side with men when it comes to issues of child support, so you could already color me biased, but this is just friggin' ridiculous. Granted, the donor probably didn't do the right thing by continually showering the kid with money, gifts, and letters all marked "Dad". He also probably shouldn't have maintained a relationship with the kid by phone. I guess the guy just couldn't help himself.

Still, how gully is it for the chicks to now ask this poor guy for years and years of back child support? I mean, really, he helped these women obtain the ultimate gift: life. I am guessing this is probably more of a personal beef because the women just wanted this guy to give his specimen and get lost, while he's probably had second thoughts and tried to maintain a distant relationship with the kid.

That said, if these women can take him to court for child support, couldn't he also sue for custody? Perhaps I'm way off after just shoveling a crapload of snow off my driveway, but that seems pretty fair to me.

I invite my resident attorneys to weigh in on both of these seemingly frivolous lawsuits in the comments.

Hot Links:

Victim in Jena 6 Case Sues Over Beating [ABC News]

Mychal Bell Of Jena Six To Remain In Jail As Part Of Plea Deal: Report [MTV]

Sperm Donor 'Dad' Must Pay Child Support [ABC News]

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