es" and get a judgment against you. (Assuming that I recall correctly that trade slander is one of the categories that qualifies for presumed damages. I know that "want of chastity" and communicable disease do, but I really didn't want to go there.) So, yeah... Ignore legal (or administrative) hearings at your peril.

Posted by: Ann at August 14, 2002 09:35 PM

adding to ann's comments, may i also say that any time the court sends you paper work and you phone the number at the upper left hand corner, dont take the word of the person on the other end.

get yourself a lawyer immediately.

they might not cost as much as you think, but in the long run it will save you possibly years of nagging frustration.

and if youre lucky enough to be represented by my lawyer or ann, they'll not only be competent, but hot.

Posted by: tony at August 15, 2002 01:18 PM

Sorry Tony if I (mis)understood from Matt's post that you ignored the documents. Clearly you didn't. It sounds as if you contacted your "opposing" counsel. (Since he/she was probably a county district attorney he/she is supposed to be pursuing the truth as well as his/her client's interests, but it appears that was not his/her goal.)

Um, yeah... take Tony's (unfortunately experiential) suggestion -- don't trust your opponent's attorney.

I didn't really address the merits of the bill because I have not read it. When these types of bills get stalled, watered-down, or vetoed, it's usually because they are seen as an attack on (poor) women. For the life of me, I don't understand where that thinking comes from.

The larger context in which the bill arises (male/female sexual relations and their natural and probable(?) consequences) is a mess. There are many competing interests and complicated legal and moral issues. I don't really have an answer, but it lends credence to those who believe that people should remain married for life and have sexual relations only within the context of marriage.

Posted by: Ann at August 15, 2002 05:47 PM
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