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SCOTUS declines to hear Lisa Miller’s appeal

Timothy Kincaid

November 8th, 2010

From the Washington Post

The Supreme Court has declined to step into a lesbian custody dispute between a woman who has renounced her homosexuality and her onetime partner.

The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from Lisa Miller, the biological mother of an 8-year-old girl. Miller wanted the court to undo a Virginia court decision allowing Janet Jenkins visitation rights with the girl.

Actually it is no longer just over visitation rights. Now the courts have granted Janet Jenkins full custody. Meanwhile Lisa Miller has taken little Isabella and disappeared.

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EZam
November 8th, 2010 | LINK

It’s been almost a year and almost no information about their whereabouts has surfaced.

What is the police, the bounty hunters, and the media doing about it?

Regan DuCasse
November 8th, 2010 | LINK

Good question EZam. Lisa Miller is ONLY supported by anti gay groups because she renounced her lesbian orientation.
This has nothing to do with the quality of HER or Ms. Jenkin’s parenting.

But I find it exceptionally ugly, mean and cruel that said groups would treat Ms. Jenkins (and Isabella) this way, as if her love and her willing support and sacrifice for her daughter means nothing.
As if the child’s feeling for her adoptive mother mean nothing.

This isn’t unlike when slaves, unable to marry, were vulnerable to having their children taken away because of their status and what they were.
No doubt that Lisa Miller is getting help from these people, and if it’s possible, I hope they are prosecuted for aiding and abetting a child’s kidnapping.

Chris McCoy
November 9th, 2010 | LINK

So in Theory, this is the end of the trial, right? There’s nowhere left to appeal, so the ruling of the lower courts should now stand.

Or am I missing something?

Timothy Kincaid
November 9th, 2010 | LINK

Chris,

You are correct. But we are all missing something: Isabella.

Janet has won, the debate is over, Lisa has lost. But for as long as they are in hiding, the victory is a bit hollow.

Jon
November 9th, 2010 | LINK

If we can find Lisa and Isabella and prove that some of the anti-gay forces helped them evade the law, there might be some new trials starting — but these would be in the criminal courts, not the family courts.

andrew
November 10th, 2010 | LINK

So, when does the clock for statute of limitations on kidnapping start — effective the day of disappearance, or upon re-appearance of Isabella (or her 18th birthday)?

Rob
November 10th, 2010 | LINK

Andrew,
There are no statute of limitations in Vermont for kidnapping. If Lisa Miller appears in public on Isabella’s 18th birthday, she will be charged.

Erin
November 11th, 2010 | LINK

Once again, attorneys are fighting on behalf of Lisa Miller…..yet no one knows where she is. Is there not enough probable cause here to investigate the lawyers?

WMDKitty
November 12th, 2010 | LINK

“No doubt that Lisa Miller is getting help from these people, and if it’s possible, I hope they are prosecuted for aiding and abetting a child’s kidnapping.”

This goes beyond aiding and abetting, they are complicit in the kidnapping, and most likely told her to leave the country with the child, making them just as liable as Ms. Miller. As lawyers, they should KNOW that this is criminal, and should have– oh, what am I saying, they’re CHRISTERS, we all know the laws don’t apply to THEM! [/sarcasm]

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