Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CA County Claims It Was Domestic Violence

OutQ News has an update on Clay Greene and Harold Scull, the elderly couple we've talked about a lot on the show who, according to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, were separated by Sonoma County officials and had all their worldly possessions sold off. Harold Scull died in the hospital without his partner even being able to spend his last days with him. OutQ News reports that an attorney for Sonoma County says the couple were separated because of a complaint by one against the other:

Greg Spaulding, an attorney working with the County on the suit, claims the county did everything it did “to protect” Scull from Greene – all stemming from that Scull’s initial complaint.

Spaulding: “We believe we properly managed the situation to protect Harold Scull in a domestic violence situation.”

But the Sonoma County DA told OutQ that no charges were ever filed, and police in the town of Sebastopol where the men lived, say no investigation ever took place. Rowen says Scull even recanted his statement, though she couldn’t confirm to whom. As for the property, Rowen says the county’s bookkeeping was ‘awful’ and there’s no record of where the money from the auctions actually went.

Spaulding says he believes the money from the auctions was “split” between the two men, with Scull’s half paying for his care until he died in August of 2008.

The NYT also is reporting on this.