BRADENTON — The Sarasota woman who filed a paternity claim against professional golfer Tiger Woods had her case dismissed Tuesday in a Manatee County courtroom.
Manatee County 12th District Court Judge Marc Gilner signed an order dismissing the case with prejudice, which means it can’t be filed again.
Melinda Jannette, who has been a star in pornographic movies, wanted back child support from Woods, claiming the golfer was her 9-year-old son’s father.
Neither Woods nor Jannette were in the courtroom for the verdict.
But Woods’ lawyer, Thomas Sasser, was able to convince Gilner to dismiss the case after arguing that there was already adjudication of paternity from a prior case where DNA testing was done.
Gilner agreed that, according to Florida law, once there has been a court judgment on paternity, there can’t be another one filed unless the initial ruling is vacated.
Another major problem for Janette in the case was that the child was no longer hers, Gilner noted.
She no longer had standing and her parental rights and the father’s were terminated.
The child was legally adopted by Jannette’s parents.
-- Richard Dymond