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Child abduction law's backer has checkered background

When a Florida Senate committee considered a bill this spring to prevent parental child abductions, one of the witnesses in support of the measure was Peter Thomas Senese.

"I flew in this morning from Los Angeles,'' Senese began, identifying himself as the head of an L.A. entertainment company. He told lawmakers that his own son had "traveled a very dangerous road'' after being "internationally kidnapped'' by his ex-wife in collusion with lawyers.

The testimony of Senese and others proved persuasive enough that the bill, introduced by Rep. Darryl Rouson, a St. Petersburg Democrat, sailed through both houses and was signed into law May 12 by Gov. Charlie Crist.

But while Florida's new Child Abduction Prevention Act addresses a very real problem, Senese's own story is far different from what state lawmakers were led to believe. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38am]


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