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Mom Dying

We had motions court in Venango County today. It will be several days before the court rules on the motions before it.

On the upside, the judge made short work of perjuring priest Bob Malm’s claim that any litigation has to be handled by Mom’s estate.

On the other hand, the judge clearly was unfamiliar with the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act (UIDDA). That statute, which has been adopted in Pennsylvania, establishes a way for foreign attorneys to domesticate subpoenas in the state. But one of the key provisions is that Pennsylvania statutes and rules apply. Thus, section 1930.5 of the Pa Code, which prohibits discovery in protection from abuse and domestic relations cases absent prior leave of court unquestionably applies.

The judge did recognize this, so it’s possible he’ll rule against me. So, just in case, I’m drafting my appeal now.