Thursday, August 07, 2008

Ex-wife argues for secrecy

My ex-wife just filed a reply brief in which she argues for sealing the CPS testimony:
Appellant points out that he discovered documents in the public file of the court house that should have been unavailable to the public. Perhaps Appellant should have pointed this out to the clerk so that this situation could be rectified, instead of taking this as a sign that Appellant could freely distribute the documents without consequence.
Is it my responsibility to check up on the court? I was not the one who argued for sealing the documents. The judge did not seal them. The court reporter, clerk, and appellate did not either. My ex-wife did not. The kids lawyer did not. CPS did not. It seemed to me that none of those folks really thought that the documents were confidential.

My ex-wife goes on:
Appellant argues that the privacy rights of the minors are inconsequential in relation to the contents of the documents. Respondent respectfully points out that in this day and age, material can be easily distributed via the internet and remain available throughout the minors' lives.
Maybe she should have thought of that before flooding the court record with silly and unfounded accusations. She has been doing that for four years. She is the one who broke our out-of-court agreement, and put all her gripes on the public record.
The immediate consequences of exposing the content of these documents to the public is to inhibit the minors from speaking freely and getting help. If the minors know that this information is going to be publicized so that everyone knows about their private lives, then they may be less willing to share what is going on in their private lives.
Unfortunately, my ex-wife is teaching my kids to lie about me. If they become more reluctant to lie about their father, so much the better.

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