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VT Supremes uphold Miller-Jenkins custody ruling

Timothy Kincaid

November 1st, 2010

The Supreme Court of Vermont has confirmed Judge Cohen’s custody order. (WaPo)

The Vermont Supreme Court says a family court was right to award custody of an 8-year-old girl to her non-biological mother in a lesbian custody case.

In a ruling released Monday, the court upheld a 2009 order giving Janet Jenkins sole custody of Isabella Miller-Jenkins. It rejected an appeal by attorneys for biological mother Lisa Miller.

It’s rather fascinating that Lisa Miller’s attorneys are continuing to act on her behalf, all while claiming that they haven’t heard from her in a year.

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B John
November 1st, 2010 | LINK

I’m no attorney, but HOW can they act on her behalf if they haven’t talked with her in that time. I understand if the appeal was filed prior to her disappearance, but if filed afterwards, then how could she have approved the appeal?

Something smells fishy here.

B John
November 1st, 2010 | LINK

I realize that attorney-client privilege is (and ought to be) pretty much sacrosanct, but aren’t there some exceptions. If they know her whereabouts, given that she’s now wanted for kidnapping, are they not aiding and abetting a felony?

I mean I really don’t know the rules on this. Maybe some lawyer who visits here can speak to this.

Emily K
November 1st, 2010 | LINK

find out who’s paying. Follow the money.

L Summers
November 2nd, 2010 | LINK

My guess is that the attorneys for Ms. Miller may have a “power of attorney” on file, which gives them the right to act on her behalf and may allow them to proceed. The law is complex, there may also be some other loophole.

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