A civil case, filed by the ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder, Curtis Sliwa,
against him and his girlfriend, will be moved to divorce court as a result
of a ruling by Manhattan's top civil judge. Chief Administrative Judge
Sherry Klein Heitler sent the case to be heard by a judge who handles
post-divorce disputes, ruling that the issue "arises out of a matrimonial
matter." Legal experts are questioning the ruling, with some labeling
At issue is a claim made by Mr. Sliwa's ex-wife, Mary Sliwa, that Mr.
Sliwa and girlfriend Melinda Katz misappropriated nearly $500,000 worth
of marital assets before the couple's divorce in 2012. The details
of the proceedings will now be sealed, as a result of having been moved
to marital court. But, in previous revelations, Ms. Sliwa released private
recordings of conversations between her ex-husband and his girlfriend,
such as one in which her ex-husband brags about his sexual abilities to Katz.
Ms. Sliwa's attorney says that he believes that sending the matter
to marital court, and thereby sealing it from the public record, is irresponsible
and not right. He says that they are still considering appealing the ruling
because the public has the "right to know what's going on"
with public officials.
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