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« Reply #500 on: May 20, 2014, 05:48:14 PM »

http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/05/20/powell-life-insurance-money-split-50-50-a-506805.html#.U3vEhGdOXIU

May 20, 2014
Powell life insurance money split 50-50

TACOMA, Wash. - A Washington judge says it may be "legal fiction," but for the purposes of handling the life insurance policies of Josh and Susan Powell, Susan Powell is still alive.

Last week, a U.S. District judge issued an order about who should get the money from three separate life insurance policies tied to Josh and Susan Powell. The ruling gave each side - the father of Susan Cox Powell and three family members of Josh Powell - more than $750,000.

Josh Powell's New York Life policy, worth over $1 million plus interest, will be split 50-50 among Chuck Cox, Susan Powell's father, and three members of Josh Powell's family that were listed as benefactors: his brothers Michael and John and his sister Alina.
 
The second insurance policy in question was Josh Powell's Beneficial Life Policy. The court noted that while Powell's New York policy was changed numerous times after his wife went missing, Josh Powell's Beneficial policy was not touched. Susan Powell was the primary benefactor and, because Josh Powell legally preceded her in death, Susan Powell's conservator will get all of $500,000 policy and interest, the judge ruled.
 
The third life insurance policy in question is Susan Powell's $1 million policy from New York Life that lists Josh Powell as the primary benefactor and her and Josh Powell's trust as the second beneficiary. With interest, the trust is now worth more than $2 million.

That trust, however, is still the subject of a court challenge in Utah. Currently, Cox is the sole benefactor of the trust and would receive 100 percent of the money. But Josh Powell's mother, Teri Powell, and his sister, Alina Powell, contend they were illegally removed from the trust and are challenging the issue in court. West said they believe that money should also be split 50-50.
 
Steven Powell, Josh Powell's father who was recently released from prison after serving 30 months for taking voyeuristic pictures of two neighbor girls, will not be receiving any of the life insurance money in question, he said.
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« Reply #501 on: May 20, 2014, 05:56:23 PM »

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865603552/Susan-Powell-parents-to-search-former-home-of-Steven-Powell-with-cadaver-dogs.html

Susan Powell parents to search former home of Steven Powell with cadaver dogs
Published: Tuesday, May 20 2014 12:57 p.m. MDT
Updated: 3 hours ago

PUYALLUP, Washington — The parents of Susan Cox Powell plan to go through Steven Powell's former house with cadaver dogs.

The house where Steven Powell was convicted of taking nude and semi-nude pictures of two young neighbor girls with a telephoto lens is now owned by the victims' family as part of the civil judgment against him. The house is currently vacant.

The family of Susan Powell, the Utah mother who has been missing since 2009, has become friends with the family of the young girls, according to Seattle-based attorney Anne Bremner, the attorney for both families. And now that the girls' family owns the house, they are allowing the Coxes to go through it — no search warrant needed.
 

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« Reply #502 on: May 20, 2014, 06:12:27 PM »

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3203143/search-planned-for-susan-powell.html?sp=/99/289/&ihp=1

Search for Susan Powell expected at Steven Powell's former home
May 20, 2014   Updated 1 hour ago

SEATTLE — Private investigators with cadaver dogs will search a former home of Susan Powell's father-in-law, an attorney for the long-missing woman's family said Tuesday.

A date for the search of Steve Powell's former Puyallup home has not been set, but it will happen in the next few weeks, Seattle attorney Ann Bremner said.
 
Father Steve Powell was forced to surrender his house during a court settlement after being convicted of taking videos of young neighbor girls undressing and using the bathroom. Bremner won a $2 million judgment on behalf of the girls and said the girl's family bought the home at auction and will give Susan Powell's family access to it. The home still has many of Steve Powell's belongings that he hasn't claimed.

Susan Powell's relatives "have been given unfettered access to that house by the girls' family," Bremner said. "There is no longer a need for a search warrant for the house or contents as (Steve Powell) no longer owns it."
 

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« Reply #503 on: May 20, 2014, 08:52:04 PM »

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3203143/search-planned-for-susan-powell.html?sp=/99/289/&ihp=1

Search for Susan Powell expected at Steven Powell's former home
May 20, 2014   Updated 1 hour ago

SEATTLE — Private investigators with cadaver dogs will search a former home of Susan Powell's father-in-law, an attorney for the long-missing woman's family said Tuesday.

A date for the search of Steve Powell's former Puyallup home has not been set, but it will happen in the next few weeks, Seattle attorney Ann Bremner said.
 
Father Steve Powell was forced to surrender his house during a court settlement after being convicted of taking videos of young neighbor girls undressing and using the bathroom. Bremner won a $2 million judgment on behalf of the girls and said the girl's family bought the home at auction and will give Susan Powell's family access to it. The home still has many of Steve Powell's belongings that he hasn't claimed.

Susan Powell's relatives "have been given unfettered access to that house by the girls' family," Bremner said. "There is no longer a need for a search warrant for the house or contents as (Steve Powell) no longer owns it."
 




It was very generous of the girls's families to make the house available to Susan Powell's family.  I'm not sure what will be found, but it's certainly worth a look, imo. 
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« Reply #504 on: May 20, 2014, 10:38:16 PM »

MuffyBee, it was generous of the girls' family to make the house and property available for a thorough search with cadaver dogs.  Maybe, at some point, Susan was there.  Another area was searched recently--Josh Powell’s aunt and uncle were renting the property in 2009--nothing was found.  Her father is determined to find her.  I hope he finds some measure of peace of mind soon.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/susan-powell-case-cadaver-dogs-will-search-house-lawyer-says-n110591

First published May 20th 2014, 7:58 pm
Susan Powell Case: Cadaver Dogs Will Search House, Lawyer Says

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Also last week, police with cadaver dogs searched a rural property near Salem, Ore., for signs of Susan Powell’s body. Josh Powell’s aunt and uncle were renting the property in 2009 when Susan disappeared, NBC station KING5 of Seattle reported. The search turned up no sign of Susan, but Bremner said the Cox family was undeterred.

“Until Susan is found, I just don’t think that Chuck is going to rest,” she said.
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« Reply #505 on: May 21, 2014, 11:51:44 AM »

I agree everyone, I hope peace is found soon.
A terrible thing to try and live with -- the restlessness of it all.
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« Reply #506 on: May 22, 2014, 03:16:04 AM »

ITA to all   
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« Reply #507 on: May 31, 2014, 08:44:53 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/27/susan-powell-missing-clues_n_5398147.html

Susan Powell's Parents Search For Clues In Father-In-Law's Former Home (EXCLUSIVE)
Posted:  05/27/2014 5:29 pm EDT    Updated:  05/27/2014 5:59 pm EDT   

The parents of Susan Cox Powell, the missing Utah mother of two, have started to comb through her father-in-law's former home in Washington state, where they have found not only tragic reminders of the past but also potential clues to her disappearance.

Bike helmets meant to protect two small heads, a beloved children's book, computer files and articles of clothing were among the items recovered over Memorial Day weekend from Steven Powell's former residence.
 
The Cox family told HuffPost that among the items of interest they found is a box that contains computer-coding files. The family said they hope the files might contain information that could help the FBI get at files on a heavily encrypted computer previously owned by Josh Powell, as investigation agents have been struggling to access those for several years.
 
According to Olsen, Susan Powell's family plans to conduct a thorough search of the premises to see if she is buried there. In the coming weeks, a network of volunteers, including trained dog handlers, will comb the 3,200-square foot house and the surrounding property.

"I don't know if we'll find her here or not, but I know I have to continue the search, and this house has never been searched by dogs," said Susan Powell's father, Chuck Cox.

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« Reply #508 on: May 31, 2014, 08:51:18 PM »

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865604059/Attorneys-fight-another-round-over-Susan-Powell-trust-money.html

Attorneys fight another round over Susan Powell trust money
Published: Wednesday, May 28 2014 4:35 p.m. MDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 28 2014 4:39 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Saying that there is no reason not to believe he will fulfill his duties as conservator of his daughter's estate appropriately, attorneys for Chuck Cox have fired back at Alina and Terrica Powell.

Last week, a U.S. District judge issued an order about who should get the money from three separate life insurance policies tied to Josh Powell and his missing wife, Susan Cox Powell. But a trust established by Josh and Susan Powell remains in dispute in Utah.

Currently, Cox is the sole benefactor of the trust and would receive 100 percent of the money, or about $2.3 million. Terrica Powell, Josh Powell's mother, would still receive more than $756,000 from the other policies.

But Terrica Powell and Alina Powell, Josh Powell's sister, contend they were illegally removed from the trust and are challenging the issue in court. At the very least, they want the court to require Cox to obtain court approval for any expenditures or distribution of conservatorship assets.

In new court papers filed Wednesday, Cox's attorney argues that the conservatorship and trust are good the way they currently are, and that his client has not embezzled and will not misappropriate funds.
 

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« Reply #509 on: June 02, 2014, 09:10:03 AM »

years ago I worked as a paralegal for an estate planning attorney.  During the planning stage, everyone is everyone's best friend -- after death, not so much, particularly if a change was made.  The color of money!  greed!
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« Reply #510 on: June 07, 2014, 09:52:10 PM »

http://**/sltrib/news/58023739-78/powell-josh-fbi-child.html.csp
FBI says it found child porn on Josh Powell’s computer in 2010
Investigation » Porn was discovered in search for Susan Powell.
June 7, 2014


FBI documents say investigators found child pornography on Josh Powell’s computer at least 17 months before he killed his children and himself.

The FBI had two open investigations into Powell at the time of his death, the documents show. One was into the disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell. The second investigation was for what the FBI suspected was possession of child pornography.

Anne Bremner, an attorney for Susan Powell’s parents, said the family was never told the FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography. When told by The Tribune, Bremner was frustrated more information about that aspect wasn’t shared with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, who was in charge of the custody case for Josh and Susan Powell’s two sons.

Bremner said if that agency had known the FBI suspected child pornography was on Josh Powell’s computer, it "never would have let him have those kids."


 

Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney in Utah, said the child pornography information was forwarded to authorities in Washington state because the computers were seized when authorities served a search warrant there.

FBI spokespeople declined to answer questions about the documents or the Powell case.

It’s not the first time Josh Powell has been associated with child pornography.

At hearings in the state of Washington to determine custody of his children, then-Assistant Washington Attorney General John M. Long said Josh Powell was under investigation for child pornography after cartoon images of incest between mothers and children were found on his computer in late 2009 or early 2010.

In an interview Thursday, Long said neither the FBI nor other law enforcement told him anything other than that the cartoon images were found.

"Obviously, if there was something more serious than that it would have changed the whole dynamic of the" child-custody case, Long said. Long has since retired from the Washington attorney general’s office.

The Tribune obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act, but the file has heavy redactions and the FBI omitted pages out of concerns about privacy and safeguarding FBI procedures and ongoing cases. The documents do not specify what the images showed or depicted.

The legal status of animated child pornography can be murky. A federal statute makes it a crime to possess animated images depicting children in sexually explicit activity, but those cases tend to bring legal challenges based on what the images depict and whether they can be considered free speech.

"The question is," said University of Utah law professor Paul Cassell, " ‘Are the images specifically graphic enough to qualify as child pornography?’ "

The FBI opened the child pornography case on Sept. 10, 2010. It appears the FBI was trying to discover whether there were more compromising images on Josh Powell’s computer, but was stymied. Josh Powell encrypted much of the data on his computer.

West Valley City police have said that no one — either in the federal government or the private sector — has been able to decode the encryption Josh Powell used.


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« Reply #511 on: June 08, 2014, 08:47:51 AM »

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023795429_joshpowellpornxml.html
Child-porn discovery on Josh Powell’s computer might have averted death of boys
The FBI found child pornography while investigating Josh Powell in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell, according to documents. Josh Powell killed himself and his children in 2012.

May 7, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Investigators found child pornography on Josh Powell’s computer at least 17 months before he killed his children and himself, according to FBI documents obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune.

The paper reported Saturday that documents show the FBI was investigating Powell in the disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell, who was last seen at her West Valley City, Utah, home on Dec. 6, 2009, as well as for possession of child pornography.

Anne Bremner, an attorney for Susan Powell’s parents, said the family was never told the FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography. If the state of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services had known about the suspected child pornography, Bremner said, it “never would have let him have those kids.”
 
Powell for years had been considered a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance, and eventually he moved back to the Puyallup area, where both his father and his wife’s parents lived.

He lost custody of the boys after his father was arrested for possessing child pornography in another house they previously shared. The boys were in the custody of the state, but living with Susan Powell’s parents. However, Josh Powell was allowed supervised visitation.

Shortly before their deaths, Charlie and Braden Powell had begun talking to their grandparents about things they remembered from the night their mother vanished, a lawyer for the grandparents has said.

On the day of the fire, a state contract worker from Foster Care Resource Network brought the boys for a visit to Powell’s house. Powell answered the door, pulled the boys inside, slammed the door and locked it. The caseworker banged on doors and windows and called 911, but soon smelled gasoline and the fire erupted.

Josh Powell had been previously linked to child pornography, The Tribune reported. At hearings in Washington state to determine custody of his children, then-Assistant Washington Attorney General John M. Long said Powell was under investigation for child pornography after cartoon images of incest between mothers and children were found on his computer in late 2009 or early 2010.

The paper reported that the FBI appeared to be trying to discover what other images might be on Josh Powell’s computer, but the machine had been successfully encrypted by Powell.
 
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« Reply #512 on: June 08, 2014, 08:52:02 AM »

There are some heart breaking photos in the article and links to excerpts of the book.  I don't think I could read this book. 

http://**/sltrib/news/57861144-78/josh-powell-susan-chuck.html.csp
Book excerpt: Josh Powell murders his sons, and everyone suffers
May 20, 2014

If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

By Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

St. Martin’s Press (May 20, 2014)

336 pages

$26.99

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« Reply #513 on: June 09, 2014, 01:53:25 PM »

There are some heart breaking photos in the article and links to excerpts of the book.  I don't think I could read this book. 

http://**/sltrib/news/57861144-78/josh-powell-susan-chuck.html.csp
Book excerpt: Josh Powell murders his sons, and everyone suffers
May 20, 2014

If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

By Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

St. Martin’s Press (May 20, 2014)

336 pages

$26.99



Having followed the case since the beginning, I wouldn't be able to read the book either--too painful.  I think the strategy used in the investigation was frustrating to follow--almost incompetent in my opinion. 

http://**/sltrib/home3/57943611-200/book-susan-powell-josh.html.csp
Review: New book about Susan Powell’s disappearance is awful, well-told tale
First Published May 16 2014 01:49 pm • Last Updated May 20 2014 02:22 pm

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How well West Valley City police are portrayed is in the eye of the reader. Again, Morris and Olsen tell the facts, and the facts are that West Valley City investigated the disappearance for 3 ½ years. But the strategy of waiting for Josh to incriminate himself didn’t work.
 
In a scene shortly after Josh kills Charlie, Braden and then himself, a sobbing West Valley City police Chief Buzz Nielsen tells Susan’s father "You were right all along" about Josh. Chuck Cox’s reaction is probably the same one readers will have.

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« Reply #514 on: June 10, 2014, 08:49:35 AM »

I agree about reading the book -- maybe someday, but not now.
I have a vivid enough imagination to think what those poor, precious boys went through during their last moments.
 
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« Reply #515 on: June 12, 2014, 01:48:48 AM »

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Appellate-court-Steven-Powell-faces-new-trial-for-child-porn-262607681.html

Appellate court: Steven Powell faces new trial for child porn
Published: Jun 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM PDT  Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM PDT

TACOMA, Wash. - The state Court of Appeals has reinstated a child pornography charge against Steven Powell that was dismissed during his 2012 voyeurism trial for shooting photos and video of two young neighbor girls using the bathroom.

Powell, 64, was recently released from prison after serving 30 months for his voyeurism convictions. He is the father of Josh Powell, who killed his two young sons and himself in a 2012 inferno at his home while under investigation for the disappearance of his wife Susan Powell.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Steven Powell has 30 days to appeal the reinstatement of the child pornography charge to the state Supreme Court.

If Powell doesn't appeal, Lindquist says he plans to bring him to trial on the child porn charge. If he does appeal, it would mean more months of delay while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule.
 
The original trial judge in that case dismissed the child pornography charge. But this week's ruling by the three-judge state Court of Appeals says that the judge relied on an outdated statute in dismissing the charge, and that Powell should stand trial on the charge.

"We're pleased that appellate court agrees that we were right on the law," Lindquist said.

Lindquist says the pornography found in Powell's possession included images from the Internet and also images of the two young neighbor girls. He says Powell was facing up to five additional years in prison if he had been convicted of the child pornography charge.
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« Reply #516 on: June 12, 2014, 01:51:29 AM »

I agree about reading the book -- maybe someday, but not now.
I have a vivid enough imagination to think what those poor, precious boys went through during their last moments.
 

  
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« Reply #517 on: June 12, 2014, 11:04:06 AM »

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Appellate-court-Steven-Powell-faces-new-trial-for-child-porn-262607681.html

Appellate court: Steven Powell faces new trial for child porn
Published: Jun 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM PDT  Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM PDT

TACOMA, Wash. - The state Court of Appeals has reinstated a child pornography charge against Steven Powell that was dismissed during his 2012 voyeurism trial for shooting photos and video of two young neighbor girls using the bathroom.

Powell, 64, was recently released from prison after serving 30 months for his voyeurism convictions. He is the father of Josh Powell, who killed his two young sons and himself in a 2012 inferno at his home while under investigation for the disappearance of his wife Susan Powell.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Steven Powell has 30 days to appeal the reinstatement of the child pornography charge to the state Supreme Court.

If Powell doesn't appeal, Lindquist says he plans to bring him to trial on the child porn charge. If he does appeal, it would mean more months of delay while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule.
 
The original trial judge in that case dismissed the child pornography charge. But this week's ruling by the three-judge state Court of Appeals says that the judge relied on an outdated statute in dismissing the charge, and that Powell should stand trial on the charge.

"We're pleased that appellate court agrees that we were right on the law," Lindquist said.

Lindquist says the pornography found in Powell's possession included images from the Internet and also images of the two young neighbor girls. He says Powell was facing up to five additional years in prison if he had been convicted of the child pornography charge.


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« Reply #518 on: July 08, 2014, 03:42:07 PM »

http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Susan-Powell-s-parents-vie-for-insurance-funds-5606958.php
Parents of missing woman vie for insurance funds
July 8, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge says he'll rule later about whether the father of a Utah mom missing for nearly five years had the authority to make him and his wife the sole beneficiaries of a trust that could soon have about $2 million in life insurance proceeds.

Judge L.A. Dever listened to 1 1/2 hours of arguments from attorneys Tuesday about a trust set up by Susan Powell and her husband Josh Powell before she went missing in 2009.

Josh Powell is believed to have killed Susan Powell in Utah before killed himself and the couple's boys in Washington.

Dever must decide if Susan Powell's father, Charles Cox, had the right to amend the trust last year to cut out Josh Powell's mother and sister.
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http://**/sltrib/news/58160826-78/powell-cox-susan-trust.html.csp
Utah judge postpones ruling on Susan Powell estate dispute
Disappearance » Chuck Cox is “lining his own pockets,” a lawyer says.

July 8, 2014

The family of Josh Powell on Tuesday again asked a 3rd District Court judge to return them trustees of Josh and Susan Powell’s estate.

Judge L.A. Dever said he will issue a written ruling later, but he denied a motion from the Powell family attorney to require the Coxes to post a surety bond to safeguard against mismanagement. Dever said there was no evidence Chuck Cox, Susan Powell’s father, had thus far mismanaged any holdings.
The families of Josh Powell and his missing wife Susan are arguing over who should be the trustees and beneficiaries of two legal entities holding the couple’s assets: a conservatorship and a trust. The conservatorship is holding Susan Powell’s assets while she remains missing. The trust holds the joint assets of Josh and Susan Powell that were to be distributed in the event both of them died.

Together the trust and conservatorship hold about $2.3 million in life insurance proceeds, which are accumulating interest, as well as the Powell home in West Valley City.

Chuck Cox is the conservator for this daughter and used that authority to change the terms of the trust. Terrica and Alina Powell — Josh’s mother and sister, respectively — contend the terms of those agencies were illegally changed to remove them as trustees or beneficiaries.

Their Utah lawyer, Joshua Lee, said being conservator of Susan Powell’s estate does not give Cox all the powers that his daughter had, and only Susan Powell had the authority to amend the trust.

"A conservator can amend the trust only in the case of incapacity," Lee told Dever, citing the terms of the trust.

Lee also accused Cox of having a conflict of interest because he used his authority as conservator to make his wife and himself the lone trustees. Lee said Cox is "lining his own pockets."

But Cox’s attorney, Ted Buck, told Dever that Cox has an obligation to do what is best for his daughter, and much has changed since the trust was written in 2009.

"Do we think that Susan Powell would have those same priorities after what has happened since 2009?" Buck said. "I don’t think so."


 

Cox can only spent trust money to maintain assets, such as paying the property taxes on the West Valley City home. Utah law says Susan Powell can be declared dead after five years, at which time the assets could be distributed.

Cox and his wife Judy traveled from their home in Puyallup, Wash., to attend Tuesday’s hearing in Salt Lake City.

In the past, Chuck Cox has said he believes his daughter is dead. On Tuesday, he sounded more optimistic.

"I’m trying to protect my daughter’s assets," Chuck Cox told reporters after the hearing, "so when my daughter comes back and she’s found there will be something for her to come back to."

Attorneys for the Powells have taken pains to point out that Josh Powell’s father, Steve Powell, is not a party in the litigation and does not stand to receive any money. Steve Powell was convicted in 2012 of 14 counts of voyeurism for photographing neighbor girls in various states of undress.
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