Friday, August 31, 2007

Annals of Divorce

I know dissolving a marriage can be a traumatic experience that can leave all parties involved very bitter a disillusioned with the human condition but isn't this taking things a bit too far?

Caren Ann Burke, 821 Pleasant Way, filed a petition Aug. 23 in Outagamie County Circuit Court to change her name to Caren Ann bin Laden.

Burke, 49, who listed her occupation as unemployed, paid a $155 filing fee for the petition and incurred further expense to take out the required legal notice in The Post-Crescent.

Now, I would imagine such a drastic action would be interpreted by some to be a political statement, but that turns out to not the case for, uh, Ms. Burke/bin Laden:

Called at her home, Burke, when asked about the name change, said, "I don't have to explain that to a reporter. It is really none of your business. At this point, it is a private matter."

In the space on the petition for a reason, Burke put "divorce from Rory S. Burke."

But here's the best part of the whole story:

A Lexis-Nexis search of Wisconsin public records did not find anyone with the last name of bin Laden in the state.

No shit ...

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