Breaking News: Dorothy Lee Barnett Extradition Delayed until 17 April – Defendant Ordered to Appear

Here is some information that was posted in the comments section of our site on Dorothy Lee Barnett’s Extradition Hearing on the 11 March 2014 in the Maroochydore Court.

“The Courier-Mail newspaper on 11 March 2014 reported that the matter has been delayed for a second time. The article went on to say that last month’s delay was due to Ms Barnett changing her legal team. Today’s delay was reported as Ms Barnett’s “legal representative sought to have the case pushed further out”.

The article also went on to say “Magistrate Annette Hennessy said did not want to drag the matter out any longer”, and ordered Ms Barnett to appear for the hearing which is now listed for 17 April 2014.”

The Editor

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29 Responses to Breaking News: Dorothy Lee Barnett Extradition Delayed until 17 April – Defendant Ordered to Appear

  1. Mary says:

    The Courier-Mail newspaper on 11 March 2014 reported that the matter has been delayed for a second time. The article went on to say that last month’s delay was due to Ms Barnett changing her legal team. Today’s delay was reported as Ms Barnett’s “legal representative sought to have the case pushed further out”.

    The article also went on to say “Magistrate Annette Hennessy said did not want to drag the matter out any longer”, and ordered Ms Barnett to appear for the hearing which is now listed for 17 April 2014.

  2. underwatch says:

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for this info.

    – The Editor

  3. Celeste says:

    Does she really want to rot in jail for another month?

    • Neha says:

      why not, if that means an opportunity to be acquitted.

      • Mary says:

        Neha, I reckon it is the prison food that Ms Barnett can’t tear herself away from, especially that one rasher of second quality bacon with one fried egg as a special treat for Christmas and Easter Sunday breakfast.

        That said, Neha, Ms Barnett is not on trial in Australia. It is an extradition hearing. If she isn’t eventually extradited back to the US, then my money is on her being transferred to an immigration detention centre to await eventual deportation back to the US.

    • Drew says:

      You’re an idiot

  4. underwatch says:

    Celeste,

    I say 20 years in jail for 20 years she kidnapped Savanna. From almost all Searching/Recovering Parents perspectives, for every day and minute Dorothy Lee Barnett is behind bars in a jail cell, there is justice in this case. The way this case is heading right now, this isn’t about “Remorse and Reunification” as Sonya suggested, it’s about “Justice” for Harris Todd and for all other Searching/Recovering Victim Parents.

    This sounds like a typical strategy by Dorothy Lee Barnett’s Legal Team to gather sympathy for donations to the legal fund. But I’ve seen cases where the defendant ends up being in jail for years awaiting trial. I imagine this is an Extradition Hearing and not a trial so she won’t be waiving her rights in that area. Although I imagine she will be wanting bail in the United States and not doubt in the future she will be complaining about being incarcerated for so many months.

    In the end, I believe it’s about the money for legal fees. The attorneys will want to paid as well as the high priced expert witnesses at trial. If you monitor some of the Protective Parent Conferences, there have been attorneys and advocates that have tried to push this cause to create a market niche in the divorce industry. Fortunately, it’s a cause that doesn’t have much credibility thanks to organizations like yours that are helping the past several decades to expand society’s awareness of the harmful effects of parental kidnapping on children.

    Finally, I think a good start would be to hear that Savanna Todd reached out to her father for a face-to-face meeting with him. In my opinion, that strategy of “Remorse and Reunification” would be far better than the 20 Years for 20 Years.

    Thanks for your continued contribution this website.

    – The Editor

    • Celeste says:

      I also think that Faye Yeager should pay for Harris Todd’s legal expenses. $1000 for every year that Savanna and her mother were missing and $1000 for Harris’s emotional distress.

      • underwatch says:

        Celeste,

        I don’t know of any cases where the Underground Mom like Dorothy Lee Barnett is offered a deal to incriminate her third part conspirators like Faye Yager. For example, I always wondered how the Underground Moms get a fake passport. Did Faye send her to someone or did Faye tell her how to do it? Did Dorothy Lee get her Passport under the name Alexandria Canton? Does that person exist?

        There’s also the TV Talk Shows. I recollect seeing a video of one of the talk shows that Faye Yager appeared on with Harris and some other dads. Faye admitted on those shows that she helped those mothers. But again, I would imagine Faye would only admit to telling Dorothy how to go underground. Unfortunately, there is no U.S. Attorney that has charged Faye since her trial in the early ’90s.

      • Ash says:

        Hahahahahahah you’re an idiot

    • Neha says:

      Yes, Savanna should meet with that jerk, so she could spit in his evil face!!

      • Mary says:

        Neha, I don’t know what your story is, but you spew forth like a person who has not addressed the barriers that prevent them from moving forward in their lives in a mentally-healthy and positive manner.

        I watched the ABCNews4 interview with dad. I saw a caring and gentle father who came from a loving space in his heart. I sincerely hope that father and daughter are reunited.

      • Ash says:

        Thank you!

      • Ash says:

        My comment was directed to Neha too not Mary. Mary you are clueless to say the least.

      • Celeste says:

        Excuse me Neha. The only evil jerks that I see here are Faye Yeager and Dorothy Lee Barnet who knowingly broke the law and lied to Savanna for the first 20 years of her life.

    • Noel says:

      One sided opinion and no idea. You can not make comments about a case you were not involved in. You did not live their life and were not there when all the events happened. so how you can a one eyed judgement from a cellar with a computer screen. I worked with Alex for 2 years, and not once did I see a sign of bi polar, and for your uneducated views, there is no cure for bi polar. As a parent, amazing. as a person, worked hard and enjoyed life. The unfortunate thing in life is Alex’s husband is a stock broker along the lines of ‘the wolf of wall street’. Deception and lies.

      • Mary says:

        Bud, Ms Barnett is not sitting in a correctional facility awaiting extradition because she didn’t know the price of a pizza in Italy, when she answered a knock at the door last November. Ms Barnett’s deception and lies finally caught up with her, and my understanding is that it was through her own loose lips. Remind me again of how she and Mr Todd’s daughter gained entry to South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and then come back for a discussion on deception and lies.

      • underwatch says:

        Noel,

        One sided opinion and no idea. You can not make comments about a case you were not involved in. You did not live their life and were not there when all the events happened. so how you can a one eyed judgement from a cellar with a computer screen.

        We can and will make comments to educate those like you on the heinous crime of parental kidnapping. You can’t be a vigilante like Dorothy Lee Barnett and not expect consequences to your actions.

        I worked with Alex for 2 years, and not once did I see a sign of bi polar, and for your uneducated views, there is no cure for bi polar.

        You can take medication for bipolar. How do you know that Dorothy Lee Barnett / Alex Geldenhuys was not taking these meds when you knew her?

        As a parent, amazing. as a person, worked hard and enjoyed life. The unfortunate thing in life is Alex’s husband is a stock broker along the lines of ‘the wolf of wall street’. Deception and lies.

        Once you bring a child into this world, life changes and so does your responsibility to co-parent that child with the child’s biological parent. If you and the child’s other parent can’t decide where you and the child will live, then you need some way of determining that such as mediation or a Court System. What Dorothy/Alex did was tragically very wrong no only for her child but for her former spouse and his family. That’s why Dorothy is incarcerated right now and will rightfully stand trial for that crime.

        Noel, if you committed this crime, despite how nice or amazing you were, you too would need to stand trial.

        The Editor

  5. Neha says:

    Miss Yager is a saint helping mothers despite the danger!!

    • Celeste says:

      Miss Yeager should be in jail too and she should pay for Mr Harris’s emotional damages until she’s bankrupt.

      • Drew says:

        “Mr Harris”… Show’s just how much you know about this all.

      • Celeste says:

        Drew, I know more about it than you do. I remember when Dorothy, Dottie, Lee, Alex first took off with Samantha/Savanna. Harris Todd, not unlike other desperate left behind fathers, is still very passionate about his daughter despite the fact that she’s grown and can make decisions for herself.
        Dorothy, Dottie, Lee, Alex didn’t accuse him of anything until she got caught.

  6. Sonya says:

    Faye Yager is barely ahead of the law with her actions. If anyone deserves jail time it is her.

  7. Mary says:

    “George Brandis to rule on US kidnapping extradition

    The federal attorney-general will decide whether a US woman accused of kidnapping her baby daughter two decades ago will be extradited.
    Dorothy Lee Barnett, 53, has consented to be sent to the US to face charges of international parental kidnapping and falsifying passport documents.
    Barnett gave consent by video link in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court in Queensland on Thursday.
    Magistrate Annette Hennessy has sent a letter advising Attorney-General George Brandis of Barnett’s decision.
    If he decides to send her back to the US, Senator Brandis will also advise whether Barnett will be held in custody or granted bail.
    He could make a decision as early as next week.
    After losing custody of her 10-month-old daughter, Savanna Todd, in 1994, Barnett allegedly abducted the child from the girl’s father in South Carolina during an outing.
    US police said Barnett left for a birthday party with her daughter and never returned.
    A US arrest warrant was issued that year.
    In November 2013, Australian and US police found the pair living on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.’’

    Article source: The West Australian Thursday, 17 April 2014

    • underwatch says:

      Hi Mary,

      This sounds like a huge step toward the extradition of Dorothy Lee Barnett. In following some past cases, it would not surprise me to hear that Dorothy Barnett is trying to get bail to avoid extradition and prosecution. She ran once, she will run again.

      The Editor

      • Mary says:

        Editor, an extract from the extradition treaty overview fact sheet, “Bail is available at this stage if there are ‘special circumstances’ justifying the grant of bail”.

        “To constitute ‘special circumstances’, the matters relied on ‘need to be extraordinary and not factors applicable to all defendants facing extradition’. Secondly, there must be no real risk of flight.” source http://www.findlaw.com.au

        I have no trust in the Australian Attorney-General. That said, Australia cannot be seen as favouring one illegal arrival over other illegal arrivals or one extraditable person over other extraditable people. Regardless of how the Australian media or Ms Barnett’s relatives and friends might paint the picture, Australia still has international treaty obligations to adhere to.

      • Reece says:

        “Mary”, I assume the Attorney-General in South Africa is much more trustworthy?

  8. underwatch says:

    HI Mary,

    I agree with you that Australia has International Treaty obligations. To those of us that have been following these cases, it is obvious that if Dorothy Lee Barnett was given bail, she would flee to another country. Twenty years ago, she didn’t accept the decision of the legal system, why would she accept it now?

    To Reece, if you don’t trust the legal system in South Africa, Australia or the United States — what country would you trust?

    The Editor

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