Court upholds $3.5 million malicious prosecution award

Full story: WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

The state Supreme Court has upheld a $3.5 million award to a former Shelton man who sued his ex-fiancee for falsely claiming that he sexually assaulted their daughter.
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Dan S

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I was thrilled to hear that the courts have finally decided to hold women accountable for the classic legal maneuver, "he raped our daughter," often used during a custody battle.
Another issue the justice system almost always ignores is perjury during custody/divorce proceedings. They turn a blind eye to perjury even when conducted openly in court. The sense appears to be the "person" is under emotional stress, etc. The last I checked, perjury was a felony. If judges treated it as such, the testimony given during custody/divorce proceedings would be more credible. This would result in the children being better protected and the courts making more informed decisions from the bench.
Without question Marlene Debek should be tried for the crime of perjury in addition to her losing the civil suit. That would send a shock wave through the various bar associations whose members handle matters of divorce and custody.
The message would be that lies will land your clients in jail. Try the cases on the merits of the true facts.
Bravo Mr. Bhatia!
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I concur with the above comment. The woman is utterly despicable and should be criminally prosecuted.

I don't know about specific standards for perjury in a divorce case, but isn't she at least guilty of filing a false police report?
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Dan S wrote:
I was thrilled to hear that the courts have finally decided to hold women accountable for the classic legal maneuver, "he raped our daughter," often used during a custody battle.
Another issue the justice system almost always ignores is perjury during custody/divorce proceedings. They turn a blind eye to perjury even when conducted openly in court. The sense appears to be the "person" is under emotional stress, etc. The last I checked, perjury was a felony. If judges treated it as such, the testimony given during custody/divorce proceedings would be more credible. This would result in the children being better protected and the courts making more informed decisions from the bench.
Without question Marlene Debek should be tried for the crime of perjury in addition to her losing the civil suit. That would send a shock wave through the various bar associations whose members handle matters of divorce and custody.
The message would be that lies will land your clients in jail. Try the cases on the merits of the true facts.
Bravo Mr. Bhatia!
Hell yeah! Also, fraud and theft should not be overlooked during a divorce. I was hosed out of close to a hundred thousand by my ex, and the court refused to do a damn thing about it. Anyway, even withou the 100K, I am a TON better off.
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Most of the time we have a legal system. Once in awile it becomes a justice system.
joe

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It's about time the court realizes that many women manipulate the justice system to get rid off the old guy once they find a new guy to sleep with. i feel sorry for the woman that is really abused.

Since: Jun 08

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Jun 19, 2008
 
Bones wrote:
Most of the time we have a legal system. Once in awile it becomes a justice system.
NO, we have had a legal INDUSTRY thrust upon us.

The "reason" that the courts in these cases do not take things like pergury, is that it results in these sections of the cases being revistied in court, time and again. And each time, the system is making money.
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Jun 19, 2008
 
Bones wrote:
Most of the time we have a legal system. Once in awile it becomes a justice system.
It seems everytime a woman-any woman-cries WOLF, the police & courts take it as gospel. No proof required. She should be arrested for filing a false report.
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Aug 15, 2008
 
If this were to happen for all cases of false allegations another thing would happen. Most prosecutors support false abuse and rape allegations. Our counties and states would also go broke, but the corruption would stop once a bunch of prosecutors are jailed and fined for participating in malicious prosecution.

Going after and prosecuting malicious false allegations is very rare. Most prosecutors encourage and reward false abuse allegations. this is why we also see virtually all prosecutors refusing to prosecute the pl;ague of false allegations. This is why they refuse to prosecute even the smallest portion of this plague. We see this corrupt phenomenon in virtually every prosecutor's office across the nation.
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Oct 2, 2008
 
All too often these kinds of claims are made against men, in fact there are family court professionals who peomote this type of behavior.

Its time the court clamps down on these people and stop the abuse of the system. Many men are not as lucky as this victim of false claims because they may not have the resources to fight such a legal battle.
Federal and State funding s needed to protect both men and women from the abuse of false claims.
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Jun 18, 2009
 
I am a Ct resident, and needless to say state law and the judges that sit on the benches are reluctant
to chastise female primary custodians in this state for fear that the female custodian will harm the child if imprisoned or held to contempt charges. So most judges turn their back to the parenting dad when mother is being malicious.(Now known as Malicious Mother Syndrome).In fact Dr. Jayne Majors
PH.D California an expert at MMS syndrome indicates that MMS is the major cause for making fathers "Deadbeat" dads. Curb MMS and you have a solution for curbing non-support paying fathers.
Susan

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Dec 21, 2013
 
How about the kid is much older and can tell about it herself. And has.

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