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Monday, September 26, 2005

New Addition to Bill of Rights?

From the (Fort Worth, Tex.) Star-Telegram of Sept. 26, 2005:

Lawyers fight over exhuming millionaire's body

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO - Lawyers are scheduled to argue Thursday before the Texas Supreme Court whether to exhume the body of rancher John G. Kenedy Jr. for DNA tests to determine if the supposedly sterile millionaire fathered a daughter with a maid.

At issue is an inheritance estimated between $500 million and $1 billion - including a 400,000-acre, oil-rich ranch near Kingsville - left to two charities.

In the lawsuit, Dr. Ray Fernandez and his mother Ann Fernandez claim Kenedy had at least one out-of-wedlock child with Maria Rowland Goates, Ann's mother.

"Morally, everyone has the right to pursue their lineage and family history. There is no reason to try and cover that up," said Ray Fernandez, 45, the medical examiner for Nueces County.

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