Thursday, September 07, 2000

High court asked for new Justin ruling




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLUMBUS — Rich and Cheryl Asente, the Ohio couple struggling to adopt a 3-year-old boy born to Northern Kentucky parents, are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its August decision that Kentucky's courts — not Ohio's — should have jurisdiction over the custody battle.

        The Asentes' attorneys filed a motion for reconsideration on Monday, two weeks after the court supported a ruling by Ohio's 11th District Court of Appeals that Ohio should not be involved.

        Justin Lee Moore was born to Kentuckians Regina Moore and Jerry Dorning, in 1997. When he was 11 months old, they let him go live with the Asentes of Girard, Ohio, after signing consent-toadopt forms, which were to be irrevocable after 20 days.

        They have said they signed with the clear understanding that they would have until a special hearing to change their minds, which they did. Kenton Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe has ruled that Justin should be returned to Ms. Moore and Mr. Dorning.

       



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