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keg in kc
08-05-2001, 09:36 PM
This makes no sense to me:

Judge Orders Parents To Pay $3500/Mo To Support 50 Year Old Son

By Leslie Parrilla
Scripps Howard News Service

VENTURA, Calif. - In what could turn out to be a landmark decision, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ordered a Ventura couple to support their 50-year-old son indefinitely.

Judge Melinda Johnson ruled two weeks ago that James and Bertha Culp of Ventura pay their son David Culp $3,500 a month for living expenses because he is incapable of supporting himself. Culp suffers from depression and bipolar disorder.

They were ordered to begin payments this month from their monthly income of about $20,000. James Culp is a retired trailer-park developer.

The Culps are appealing the decision. The appellate court ruling would be the first of its kind in California, according to Johnson, and could set a precedent for future cases.

David Culp is a Stanford University graduate who practiced family law in Ventura County for 19 years. He went from earning as much as $10,000 a month to collecting Social Security Disability at $1,049 a month because of his disability.

Johnson based her ruling on state law, Family Code section 3910(a). It states that "the father and mother have an equal responsibility to maintain, to the extent of their ability, a child of whatever age who is incapacitated from earning a living and without sufficient means."

In court documents, Johnson described the law as "unambiguous on its face."

Also factored into her decision was the possibility that Culp's emotional illnesses may have been hereditary and that his behavior disorders may be caused by physical and emotional abuse by his father.

Culp told his therapists his father physically and emotionally abused him and described his father in court documents as "an evil sadist" whose favorite sport was "humiliating the great lawyer in public."

Dr. Donald Hobson of Camarillo, Calif., Culp's therapist of four years, described his emotional problems as "almost post-traumatic stress disorder."

Specialists in family law emphasized the precedent-setting potential of the case.

Family law expert Sorrell Trope, of the Los Angeles firm Trope and Trope, said he hadn't seen a case like this in 53 years of practicing family law.

"As far as I know this is a landmark decision," he said.

David Culp's attorney, Jeff Jennings of Oxnard, Calif., said "every parent I talk to gets shivers when they hear about it."

But he noted the family code provision is clear. "The statute didn't come about by accident."

The Culps and their attorney declined to comment. David Culp also refused to comment.

David Culp was a successful family law and criminal defense attorney who practiced in Ventura County for 19 years and lived in Ventura with his wife and two children.

But in the late 1980s, Culp claimed he began exhibiting erratic behavior caused by untreated clinical depression, according to court documents.

He reported becoming "verbally abusive" toward judges and attorneys in court, "physically intimidating opposing counsel" and shaking a judge's desk in a "blind rage." He described being threatened with immediate incarceration and having bench warrants issued for his arrest.

The escalating behavior led him to close a private practice in 1994 on the advice of his therapist.

After his wife and two children left him, Culp applied for Social Security Disability.

In June, Culp filed the lawsuit against his parents for monthly expenses amounting to more than $11,000, which included college tuition for his children and several thousand dollars in medical expenses.

08-05-2001, 09:49 PM
The operative word here is CALIFORNIA.

God, that story is ridiculous. If it wasn't for the "C" word, I wouldn't believe it at all. The average lawyer can look for sympathy from me in the dictionary between sh!t and syphallis. And if your dad's a dick, then just don't talk to him. Is that really so hard to figure out?

I bet these people wish they'd practiced safe sex.

As for California, I would propose expeling them from the Union immediately (49 is enough, isn't it?) and building a great big f#cking wall, ala Escape from New York around them to stop their insanity from infecting the rest of us. Waiting for the big one to slide them into the ocean ain't happening quickly enough.

Of course, we should give Jim, Rick and other unfortunate normal people trapped there a fair chance to escape.

08-05-2001, 10:23 PM

I say we make California a territory. BUT I like the idea of 50 states (it would be a pain in the rear changing all the flags!)

...so I say we make it official and make Canada #50!

--Kyle :)

08-05-2001, 10:30 PM
I actually like the idea of 48 - we could sh!tcan New York as well. I'd say electing Hillary is sufficient grounds.

As for Canada - I don't think they'd go for it. And I definitely wouldn't want Quebec in any event. :D

08-05-2001, 11:03 PM

Who cares if Canada "will go for it"? We just TELL them that they have the privelage of being a part of the US! :D

And as for quebec.... we ARE running out of places for our toxic waste here in the USA!!!

...maybe we could annex another country and get rid of NY... no problem with me as long as we stay at 50... I have way too many flags ... I couldn't afford replacing them all.


keg in kc
08-05-2001, 11:05 PM
I dunno, I always thought Texas was a good place for a big state-sized toxic waste dump.

08-05-2001, 11:10 PM
I was just being polite - Austin Chief's in the house... :D

keg in kc
08-05-2001, 11:14 PM
We'll give him time to escape back to St. Joe before we, err, take a giant-sized toxic dump on the state of texas. :D

08-05-2001, 11:28 PM
I am in Texas too and when we moved here 2 years ago the wife said we were not to move again until the kids are out of school. And the youngest starts 1st grade this year! We will be here for a looooong time but the jobs are good and I certainly don't want to piss off the woman, you know? :p

08-05-2001, 11:29 PM
I say we annex Mexico for our toxic dump. That way we can see them glowing when they try to cross the border! LOL

08-05-2001, 11:37 PM
Expect the wrath of Taco John for that Mexico crack. Personally, I ain't touching it.

As for Texas, I've never been there. While I have my regrets, that's not one of them... :D

Chiefs Pantalones
08-05-2001, 11:40 PM
"Judge Orders Parents To Pay $3500/Mo To Support 50 Year Old Son"

This is chinese bull ****!!!!!

Chiefs Pantalones
08-05-2001, 11:47 PM
Sorry, I just wanted to say chinese bull ****.