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Editor: D. A. Jeremy Telman
Valparaiso Univ. Law School

Thursday, January 27, 2005

It’s doubtful he talked to a lawyer about this one

The latest news from the murder trial of Robert (Baretta) Blake revolves around a bizarre "custody contract" he signed with the alleged victim, Bonny Lee Blakley.

Blake apparently had attempted to pay off Blakley to gain custody of their daughter Rosie, offering $250,000.  Blakley refused, and demanded marriage.  The two agreed to a custody clause that provided that Blake would get custody if Blakley failed to show up for their marriage.

That provision is obviously dubious enough, but Blake then apparently tried to cause Blakley to miss the wedding by having her picked up for parole violations and drug possession.  She apparently managed to make it, though.

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