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Jul

Sonoma County settles case of same-sex elder abuse

Note: This is an egregious story that shows not only an abuse of powers by a municipality, but why the separation of church and state is essential to prevent religious zealots from practicing their discriminatory beliefs against those of whom they disapprove. The award to the plaintiffs, in my opinion, is paltry.

Sonomoa County legal representatives have settled a lawsuit filed against the County by Clay Greene and the estate of his deceased domestic partner of 20 years, Harold Scull. Both men had executed wills and mutual powers of attorney for their medical and financial situations and each had named the other as the beneficiary.

In an article published by Civil Rights and Wrongs, the writer claims that after Harold Scull fell in April 2008, “County employees in the Public Guardian’s office separated the couple after Scull fell outside their shared home. In the next three months, County officials ignored the couple’s legal documentation, unlawfully auctioned their possessions, terminated their lease, and forced Greene into an assisted living facility against his will. The County did not consult Greene in Scull’s medical care and prevented the two from seeing one another.”

Scull died in August 2008 after completing a photo album of the couple’s life for Clay Greene; the couple were not reunited before Scull’s passing.

One year later, Clay Greene and Scull’s executor sued Sonoma County officials and other parties claiming elder abuse, elder financial abuse, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, and other claims.  The National Center for Lesbian Rights represented both plaintiffs.

Read the full article in Civil Rights and Wrongs.

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