Toronto Police Officers Guilty of Assaulting Teenager

Constables assault convictions reversed

Officers found guilty of assault
Judge erred in evaluating records

Toronto Star, NICK PRON, COURTS BUREAU, Oct. 13, 2004

Two Toronto police officers found guilty four years ago of beating up a teenager had those convictions overturned yesterday. One of the officers had been facing jail.

Mr. Justice John McIsaac said the July 24, 2000 decision by a lower court judge to convict constables Albert Flis and Pietro Grande of assault was "fundamentally flawed" in his evaluation of their service records.

"The fact that both (officers') police service history and records show absolutely no previous incidents of abuse of their positions could raise a doubt that they did so on this occasion," McIsaac said in his Superior Court of Justice ruling.

Mr. Justice Greg Regis, of the Ontario Court of Justice, said after sentencing Grande to 21 days in jail that the officer had acted like a "street bully" by kicking and punching the slightly built Ryan Scullion, 15, who was being arrested by Flis at the time.

In the June 1, 1998 incident, Flis had been trying to arrest the teen in the mistaken belief that he was one of a group of youths who had stolen a van. Grande came to his aid. Both were off duty at the time.

Scullion, who as it turned out had nothing to do with the theft, had been waiting for a bus when Flis, who was not in uniform, approached him in Ajax.

Believing that the officer himself was a suspect being sought by police — who had been flooding the area with cruisers — Scullion ran.

Flis then tackled him and Grande, who was driving by, helped his colleague, the trial was told.

Regis sentenced Flis to a $1,000 fine or 30 days in jail.

Both officers appealed their convictions following the 12-day trial. McIsaac's ruling overturning the guilty verdicts follows a three-day August hearing.

McIsaac also ruled that there will not be a new trial in the case, saying that might be an "abuse of process."

The judge noted that since the two officers were charged in September 1998, they "have had this charge hanging over their head for six years," perhaps hurting any chances they might have had for promotions on the force.

He went on to say it was also not the fault of the officers that it took so long for their appeal to be heard, because of the delay in getting trial transcripts.

"I am satisfied it would be oppressive and vexatious in the extreme" to order a new trial, the judge said.

Paternity Fraud
UK National Survey

Paternity fraud survey statistics

Scotland's National Newspaper

96% of women are liars, honest

5,000 women polled

Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.

Paternity Fraud

Sunday Times

DNA: Why the truth can hurt

The Sunday Times
March 27, 2005

IT sounded too good to be true and it was.

The fairytale that saw Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott reunited with the son he thought he had given up for adoption 27 years ago, ABC sound-recordist Daniel O'Connor, ended this week when DNA tests confirmed another man had fathered Mr O'Connor.

The revelations were devastating for all involved, not least Mr O'Connor.

Still reeling from the emotional reunion with his mother, Kathy Donnelly, and Mr Abbott a few months ago, a simple test of truth has thrown the trio into disarray a situation familiar to thousands of other Australians.

Paternity testing in Australia is a burgeoning industry.

The simplicity of the test cells are collected from a mouth swab grossly underestimates the seriousness of the situation.

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Time magazine - Infidelity - It may be in our genes. Our Cheating Hearts

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Paternity Fraud - Civil Lawsuit
Unfaithful mother fined $120,170

Courier-Mail Newspaper

Unfaithful mother fined $120,170

From correspondents in Rio de Janeiro
Agence France-Presse

September 18, 2007

A BRAZILIAN woman has been ordered by the country's Supreme Court to pay a hefty fine to her husband for failing to mention that he was not the father of two of their children.

The Rio de Janeiro woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was ordered to pay her husband over $US100,000 ($120,170 Australian Dollars) for having hidden from him for almost two decades that the children in question were fathered by a lover, the court's offices said yesterday.

The husband also had sought damages from his wife's lover, the court said.

Paternity Fraud - Spain Supreme Court - Civil Damages

Daily Mail UK

Adulterous woman ordered to pay husband £177,000 in 'moral damages'

The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009

An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.

The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.

The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.

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About The truth

"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, Second it is violently opposed. Third it is accepted as self-evident."

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Canadian Press - New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. - A New Brunswick judge says a woman who burned and dismembered her newborn son is criminally responsible for her actions.

Becky Sue Morrow earlier pleaded guilty to offering an indignity to a dead body and disposing of a newborn with the intent of concealing a delivery.

Judge David Walker ruled Friday that the 27-year-old woman may have been suffering from a mental disorder when she delivered the baby but that that was not the case when the baby's body was burned and its remains hidden.

It is not known if the baby was alive at the time of birth.

At a hearing last month, the court heard contrasting reports from the two psychiatrists. One said Ms. Morrow was in a "disassociated" mental state when the crime occurred. The other said she clearly planned her actions and understood the consequences.