Based on True Events,”  Bully the Novel​​   by Emme Dun

1.  Bully is a Novel “based on true events.”  Why not just tell the true story/ies? 
Because the court still has jurisdiction over the children involved in some of the cases and the court has shown itself to be quite punitive.

2. What are some of the “true events” that inspired Bully?

  • The Trial Testimony of the following characters in Bully was drawn directly from actual trial transcripts, deposition transcripts and/or documents filed with the court: the Artificial Insemination Technician, Pediatrician, Guardian Ad Litem, “Anne Furber” (Windy’s Mother), Lisa White and Windy Furber.

  • The father of the judge who inspired the character of “Judge Joanna Crawford,” according to credible sources, died from complications of HIV in the late 1980s.

  • In all of the cases that inspired Bully, the mothers did everything they could to protect their children including, going to jail, paying to get out of jail and moving.

  • Bowers v. Hardwick is a real U.S. Supreme Court case from 1986.  If you saw the recent, critically-acclaimed movie “Loving,” which was based on the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, most impactful is the scene where police officers burst into the bedroom of the sleeping Mr. and Mrs. Loving to arrest them for violating laws forbidding interracial marriage.  A scene exactly like that, where the Georgia police burst into the bedroom of Mr. Hardwick to arrest him and his adult male companion for violating laws forbidding sodomy is what led to that wretched 1986 decision.

  • “Attorney Pat Brown’s” argument before the Ohio Supreme Court was essentially the argument made by an attorney in a case that inspired Bully.

  • After taking part in deciding the cases that inspired Bully, a former Ohio Supreme Court Justice publicly declared in interviews with Ohio media in the context of Ohio’s Constitutional Review Commission that his daughter is a “stay-at-home-mom” for her female partner’s biological children and that he considers those children “his grandchildren.” 

3.  Same-Sex Marriage is legal, so why is this still important?
Because courts across the country continue to issue orders granting custody to non-parents without any legal constraints other than the broad “best interest of the child” standard.

For example, in March 2017, a New York court issued a “tri-custody” order where it granted custody of a child to the father, mother and a non-parent. Essentially, the child has two parents and one custodian and must spend his time “ping ponging” from house to house to house. What happens when you have four adults, or six adults, parents, step parents, etc. who all want to play a role raising a child?

Also, because there are no real rules governing custodians, courts unilaterally decide what rights and responsibilities those custodians have.  In the cases that inspired Bully, the “custodian” was given half of the “rights” to the child or half of the child’s time, including, vacations, holidays, split weeks, but was not given half the responsibility for the child.

This point cannot be overstated. Since these non-parents are “merely custodians,” the legally-recognized parent has no legally-recognized “right” to sue the non-parent for child/other support like tuition, insurance, savings for future education, inheritance, etc. Similarly, “We-The-People” have no right to “collect” from a judicially-declared custodian when that child receives governmental benefits such as food or cash assistance. In a typical case, if a single mother receives governmental benefits for her children, she must cooperate with the government and assign any child support to reimburse the government for benefits paid. In one of the cases that inspired Bully, the judicially-declared “custodian” was never ordered to reimburse governmental benefits paid in support of the children.

4.  A Warning for EVERY Parent, Heterosexual or LGBTQ
Every parent, especially those who find themselves in a so-called “non-traditional family arrangement,” i.e., single mom or dad, needs to wake up to the fact that on any given day, a family court can decide with whom you will be raising your child, regardless of your wishes, and you will be forced to bankroll it.