Was former White House press secretary Larry Speakes, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, abducted from his wife's care in 2008? Or had she already neglected and abandoned him?The state Supreme Court could hear the family feud over who oversees the care and $1 million estate of this Mississippi native. It depends on whether justices agree to hear the appeal by Speakes' wife, who is fighting a Bolivar County Chancery Court ruling that awarded conservatorship to Speakes' daughter, Sondra Lanell Speakes Huerta of Cleveland.
Jack Andrews of Kentucky, one of the attorneys for Speakes' wife, said she was never notified of an August 2008 hearing in which the judge granted the conservatorship. Speakes, 70, has hardly been able to speak to his wife since he's been abducted, he said. "The spouse of a prisoner on death row has greater rights than the wife has been given to communicate with her husband in this case."
Jamie Jacks of Cleveland, Huerta's attorney, said Speakes' wife, Aleta Sindelar, previously agreed to terms that limited her contact to two phone calls a week and a 30-day written notice for any supervised visitation in exchange for forgiving most of the $120,000 Sindelar took from Speakes' accounts or borrowed after he was diagnosed in February 2008 with Alzheimer's.
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