Dr. Timothy Emerson update
Just got an email update on Dr. Timothy Emerson, defendant in Emerson v. US. Rather depressing Easter news.
Emerson had discovered his wife was having an affair, and they separated. The wife claimed he'd threatened her significant other (emphasis on other) and maybe herself, and got a restraining order. Depending upon the jurisdiction, those may require a bit of judicial inquiry, or may be issued out of hand (the judge feeling "what's the harm to forbidding someone to cause harm?"). She later barged into his office and claimed he'd threatened her with a pistol. (He was acquitted of that). But the Feds charged him with possession of a firearm while subject to a DV restraining order, under the Lautenberg Amendment, a federal felony. He challenged it, the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right, but also that the statute survived (altho it said barely survived) the challenge, as a reasonable regulation, etc., etc.
The email informs that Dr. Emerson served two and half years in Federal incarceration and is now on supervised release (parole under another name). Shortly after his release his father died and his mother had to go into a nursing home.
His ex-wife got exclusive custory of their daughter. He's seen his daughter for about an hour over the last five years. His ex is suing him for $71,000 in child support, which he wasn't able to pay since he was earning a few cents an hour in prison. As a result of the unpaid support (deadbeat dad laws) he's lost his license to practice medicine and his driver's license, which means zero chance of paying the support, or regaining his licenses, in this lifetime. He tried for disability but ... is not disabled, just unable to practice or drive to other work.