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A father, James Mitchell, is suspected of beating killing his daughter’s mother and taking the child from her home yesterday.  The child was found safe and sound after an Amber alert was issued yesterday.  The father is the son of Jim Mitchell, who was convicted of manslaughter in the killing of his brother Artie Mitchell in 1991.

There is little more known at this time about this killing, but I am sure we will hear more about it.

No matter what you thought of Michael Jackson, it is very apparent that he was loved by his family, especially his children.  The speech that his daughter Paris gave at the end of the memorial will forever be remembered and referred to.  She spoke from her heart and it was apparent she loved her father.  We should all remember that these children only care how they felt about their father, they don’t need to hear negative things about him, nor should they.

Michael left a will which specifically spelled out who he wanted caring for his children in the event of his death.  We all need to remember that in California, it is always “what is in the best interest of the children.”  Some may think that Katherine Jackson is to old to be raising her grandchildren, after all, she is 79.  Michael certainly felt she was more than capable, and in the event she was not living or unable to care for them when he passed, he listed an alternate person, Dianna Ross, to care for his children.  He purposely left the biological mother, Debbie Rowe, out of the equation.  Ms. Rowe herself has said she has limited ties with the two oldest children, Prince Joseph and Katherine Paris.  She rarely sees them, rarely talks to them and is not involved in their daily lives at all.  She has given up her parental rights, which as we all found out, the Court said she couldn’t do and reinstated her parental rights in 2006.  However, since that time, Ms. Rowe has continued to have limited contact with the children, her own accounts corroborate this.

Recently, we heard that the custody hearing was postponed again to July 20, 2009 to allow the parties, Ms. Jackson and Ms. Rowe to try to amicably reach an agreement about the custody of these children.  In my opinion, I don’t see a Court giving Ms. Rowe custody of the two oldest children and splitting them up from their youngest sibling, Prince Michael.  That, in my opinion, and many others opinion as well, would not be in the best interest of the children.

I also don’t see the Court giving Ms. Rowe all three children as she has no relationship with them and taking them from a family they are so close to, and a grandmother who they adore, would not be in their best interest.  There is also the fact that Ms. Rowe is not the mother of the youngest child, and clearly, in my opinion, the Court could not put the child in her custody. While it is important for children to have contact with both parents, this has never been the case with Ms. Rowe.  For whatever reason, she has chosen to stay out of their lives.  I believe that the children may want to have some type of contact with her at some point in their lives and that door should be left open for them.  They should not be forced to have contact though because their father has died.

Today I heard that Joe Jackson is stepping into the custody ring and wants to jointly raise the children with his estranged wife, Katherine Jackson.  I seriously doubt that this would happen either, (even though recent information has been leaked  that Michael and his father mended their disagreements about the childhood drama), as Mr. Jackson and his wife have lived apart for years and he resides in another state, Nevada.

I believe this is going to be a tough case to resolve, whether it goes to Court or not.  What we all need to remember is that it is about the children and what is best for them.  It is not about what we think of Michael, Ms. Rowe, Ms. Jackson or Mr. Jackson.  It is about who will be the best person(s) to care for these children, what is in the “best interest of these children,” whether it is with Katherine Jackson, Debbie Rowe, Joe Jackson, Dianna Ross or another family member and we all need to remember that and remember that these children have been through enough with losing their father and having their world turned upside down.

lawjobs.com Career Center – Supreme Court Rules for Employer in Pregnancy Case

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When you read this article, you wonder what was the Supreme Court thinking?

The 7-2 decision in AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen focuses on the way in which employers calculated the effect of pregnancy leave on pension accruals before passage in 1978 of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. That law required employers to treat pregnancy leave the same as temporary disability from that point forward, but it was not retroactive. AT&T responded to the law at the time by equalizing treatment of both kinds of leave prospectively, but four employees now say the prior lesser treatment of pregnancy leave amounts to actionable sex and pregnancy discrimination.

Retiring Justice David Souter, writing for the majority, said AT&T’s actions were not illegal when done, so cannot now be viewed as discriminatory. The Court’s only woman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote a dissent joined by Justice Stephen Breyer. Ginsburg asserted that AT&T committed a “current violation” of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act “when, post-PDA, it did not totally discontinue reliance upon a pension calculation premised on the notion that pregnancy-based classifications display no gender bias.”

All the more reason for our Supreme Court to have more women on the bench!


So, you don’t like the decision in your case.  Now you can click on this link and go to the Sonoma County Judges and rate them.  Tell the world what you think of them and how you feel they decided your case!

http://www.therobingroom.com/california/ListingByCounty

Anderson Cooper 360: Blog Archive – California high court upholds same-sex marriage ban « – Blogs from CNN.com

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Guess they split the baby on this decision.  Allowing the same-sex marriages already performed to remain but upholding the ban on same-sex marriages that voters approved.  I personally don’t agree with this decision, not that it makes a difference what I agree with, but I am of the mindset that if you want to get married, and personally, I DO NOT, then you should be able to and have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else.  Our world is changing and we need to change with it, whether we agree or like the changes that are happening.  I welcome your comments, as always on this subject and any others discussed by me.

CNNBC video

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I received this cute video from a friend on a day when I really needed it.  So, I thought I would share it with all of you.  Take a look at it, even though Mother’s Day is over, you can still make those special mothers out there feel good, especially on those tough days we all have at being a mother.

Civic Duty Fail « FAIL Blog: Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments

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I know this has nothing to do with Family Law, but I thought I would share it anyways.  I wonder how many people feel as this guy does.  I also wonder how his statement got into the public eye?

News and Alerts – Department of Health Services, Public Health Division, County of Sonoma

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Here is a link to keep you updated on what is happening with the Swine Flu crisis.  It is always good to keep updated.

FindLaw: Drew Peterson Indictment –> Illinois Policeman Charged with Murdering Third Wife Kathleen Savio

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If you read the click on the above, you will be able to read the complaint filed against Drew Peterson, who has been charged with murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.  I am sure you have all heard about Mr. Peterson, the police officer who’s fourth wife has been missing for quite some time and his third wife’s death was originally ruled accidental.  The wheels of justice sometimes move slowly, but they do move.

Baby Puzzle Fail « FAIL Blog: Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments

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Ok, all you parents out there, this is just wrong.  I don’t know who would buy this, let alone manufacture it.  What a crazy world we live in, don’t you think?