The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear arguments today on whether the order violates deadbeat dad David Oakley's rights.
Judge Fred Hazlewood sentenced Oakley, 34, to three years in prison for failing to pay $25,000 in child support. He also imposed five years probation and threatened to return Oakley to jail for eight more years if he fathers any more children during the probationary period. The order was upheld by an appellate court.
"All he does is get women pregnant all the time and then not pay child support," Cochran told the Manitowoc Herald Times. Cochran has 13-year-old twin daughters, a 16-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son fathered by Oakley. Oakley has children with three other women. His youngest child is 3.
Cochran said she was upset that "some people actually feel sorry for him" because he brags about going "to the bars and [spending] $200 a night" yet complains bitterly about not having any money left on the infrequent occasions he has paid child support.
"I tell him, 'Then why aren't you paying more child support like you're supposed to?' and he says, 'Get over it,'" said Cochran, who remarried eight years ago.
Cochran said she started dating Oakley when she was 17, even though her parents told her he was a troublemaker.
"I was young and stupid," she told the newspaper.
The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in Portage over whether Hazlewood's order violated Oakley's constitutional rights. Oakley's attorney, Tim Kay, argues in court papers the judge had no compelling reason for imposing the restriction. He said instead, the state should enforce its child support laws through civil lawsuits, criminal charges or by attaching liens.
Copyright 2001 by United Press International.
All rights reserved.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.