Sunday, September 4, 2011

Alimony Racket: “The Business of Gold-Diggers” - 1927

FULL TEXT: Washington – Justice James F. Smith of the supreme court of the District of Columbia, speaking from the bench, puts it this way:

“It seems to me that this business of divorce is to a large degree the business of gold-diggers. Wives who are able to support themselves but will not do so, who come here solely for temporary, or permanent alimony are going to be disappointed.

“As far as I have it in my power, I am going to discourage the gold-diggers and I intend to remove temptation from the paths of those who are doing the digging.”

Having said which, he took under advisement the week’s quota of alimony pleas, many in number and large in amount and retired to chambers to consider cases.

[“Judge Attacks Alimony-Seekers,” syndicated (AP), Feb. 5, 1927, p. 2; image taken from an ad for movie “Valentia” which appears on the same page]


For more revelations of this suppressed history, see The Alimony Racket: Checklist of Posts


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