January 22, 2002
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On New Year's Eve Mr. Christopher Slawson of Booneville, New York, took a
gun and, with it, blew his estranged wife's brains out. He then turned the
weapon on himself, and took his own life. The Associated Press tells
the incident was the result of an obviously bitter custody fight
couple's two children.
Except for local authorities and
close family members, it's safe to assume
that no one will ever really know
exactly what chain of events occurred that
lead, ultimately, to such a
tragic end. For anyone who has found him or
herself in similar
circumstances, however, one thing is painfully certain.
The New York
State legal system and its courts, aided and abetted by an
dedicated to the dissolution of our families, is, in very
directly responsible for providing the accelerant with which
smoldering fires are transformed into raging infernos. Once swept
into its vortex, there is no turning back, and any hope of peace vanishes
altogether ... forever.
Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Brian Lindsay states that "There is no
system ever devised by mankind that is guaranteed to rip husband and wife or
father, mother, and child apart so bitterly than our present Family Court
Depression and despair, we are told, are anger turned
inward. Their most
extreme expression is quite often suicide.
Suicide is the turning of that
anger against oneself. Occasionally, as
there was in the Slawson case, there
is "collateral damage." ....
Certain of our elected representatives have, indeed, had the courage to
propose the reforms necessary to untie the Gordian Knot in the State's
domestic relations and family law. By and large, however, the New York
State Legislature has chosen to simply ignore the elephant in the
Speaker (Rabbi) Sheldon Silver, Assembly members Roger Green and
Helene Weinstein, and Senator Stephen Saland are are all well aware of these
issues, and each has the power to facilitate, in a heart beat, the changes
necessary to address them ..., if they were so inclined. Instead they have
collectively and purposefully obstructed each and every attempt to deal
effectively with these important family related matters.
them! Until they are prepared to do so, the blood of Mr. and Mrs. Slawson,
as well as hundreds - perhaps thousands - of others throughout the
will remain on their hands.
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