Like most kids, growing up I thought my mother was a giant pain in the butt. She was always adjusting me, questioning me, and telling me to "be careful" when I left the house. Lame. But the older I got, the more I realized that my mother wasn't, in fact, annoying, she was just doing her job. Not everybody matures like me, though.
Steven Miner II, 23, and his sister Kathryn, 20, filed a lawsuit against their mother, Kimberly Garrity, seeking more than $50,000 for "emotion distress." The cause of the emotion distress? Let's see, Kimberly failed to take Kathryn to a car show once; she asked Steven to wear his seat belt; ooh, one time she sent him a birthday card with a bunch of stupid tomatoes on the front; and she called her daughter late at night to make sure she was okay. It's actually amazing that these kids are even still alive.
But, wanna know the craziest part? Their father is one of their attorneys.
Steven Miner, Kathryn and Steven's dad, and Kimberly's ex-husband, said that he asked his kids not to file the case. But, nonetheless, he wrote in court papers that "everyone makes mistakes, but ... there must be accountability for actions ... Parenting is no different."
Thankfully, an Illinois appeals court dismissed this poppycock case, finding that none of Kimberly's conduct was "extreme or outrageous." To rule in the children's favor, the court found, "could potentially open the floodgates to subject family child rearing to ... excessive judicial scrutiny and interference." Amen.
Now, I'm not much of a litigious person, nor am I a detective, but seems to me that, aside from Kimberly's kids being plain old snot-nosed punks, her ex is out to get her. If you ask me, he's more the one to blame here. What kind of a person -- what kind of lawyer?! -- takes on a case like this? It's not only stupid, it's mean. Surely, seeing her entire family go against her in court caused Kimberly a fair amount of emotional distress, not to mention money. See, Kimberly had to pay for her own attorney, while her kids (who, you should know, were raised in a $1.5 million house) got their father for free. Disgusting.
Although Kimberly's lawyer, Shelley Smith, was money well spent. Not only did she win the case for her client, she summed up this whole mess better than anyone else possibly could. She wrote in a court filing:
Everything ... shows that these children, orchestrated by their father, will stop at nothing to embarrass and financially harm their mother. In the process they have embarrassed themselves and left a public record blogged about on the Internet that will shadow their every future relationship.
Yeah. What she said.
How ridiculous is this?
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