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Debbie Sue Salvetti vs. State of Georgia and 30 Other Defendants Dismissed

April 29, 2010

In the previous posting, I provided links to the case of Paul Salvetti v the State of North Carolina. Additionally, his wife, Debbie Sue Salvetti filed a complaint against the State of Georgia and 30 other defendants including: courts, judges, sheriff departments, child protective services and employees, bar associations and psychologists/therapists. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss in the above-referenced document and that motion was granted. In other words, Debbie Sue Salvetti’s complaint was dismissed.

The document states:

In particular, Ms. Salvetti asserts that the defendants have violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act, see [Doc. #1] (citing 18 U.S.C. §§ 1962 and 1964), and also asserts that the defendants have violated her civil rights for which she seeks relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.Ms. Salvetti also appears to claim that the minor child’s placement in foster care in Georgia violates the Thirteenth Amendment’s prohibition against involuntary servitude. Finally, the Complaint asserts that Georgia has placed the child in foster care solely for the purpose of receiving federal funds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 666(a)(1)(A) (prohibiting embezzlement or theft by programs receiving federal funds).

As the document states, Ms. Salvetti lost her case. Ms. Salvetti had previously lost custody, not only of the son described in the previous posting, but also of her other minor children and she was demanding that they be returned. Again, she lost. She also lost her request for damages in excess of $70 million. The case was dismissed. The full document can be read at the following link:

Subsequently, the Winston-Salem Journal reported that Ms. Salvetti, along with her husband was sentenced to prison for starving her son. The boy had managed to escape from his adoptive parents’ home and when he reached authorities, he weighed only 87 pounds.

More details about this case are available in the documents I linked to in the previous posting, State of North Carolina v Paul Salvetti. Ronald Federici, PsyD, testified on behalf of the Salvettis, who had previously consulted him about the boy. According to the Winston-Salem Journal article, he stated he thought “this case was coerced” by social workers. The legal system, however, appears to have disagreed.

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