Public court documents: Saussy v. Saussy, Memorandum of Decision

Saussy v. Saussy

Connecticut Superior Court Judicial District of New Haven at New Haven

May 29, 2009

2009 Ct. Sup. 8912 (Conn. Super. Ct. 2009)

Memorandum of Decision

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QUOTE:

“The court finds that the husband’s claim that the breakdown of the marriage was due to his wife’s lack of support is not supported by the credible evidence. This court finds the husband to be at greater fault for the breakdown of the marriage, as evidenced by his mental state and by husband’s extramarital relationship with another woman.” ((Memorandum of Decision, Further Findings and Orders, p.20)

QUOTE:

“The husband claims the breakdown of the marriage was caused by the wife’s lack of support in his professional life. He also claims that the wife refused to join him at professional events, that she accused him of being selfish and self-indulgent, and that she put herself between him and the children. He further claims that her lack of support for his career moves resulted in his suffering from suicidal thoughts and depression (6).” 

“Note 6. Husband testified that in 2001 he had one year leave from Stanford (to write a book) and that he was so conflicted over whether or not to accept the position at Yale that he spent ‘most of the year lying on the floor of [his] office being obsessed with thoughts of suicide.’ (T 12/15/08, P.119)” 

“Mr. Farmer, a longtime friend of the husband, testified that husband had confided in him [sic] that he was unhappy with the marriage for a long period of time. In 2001, the husband was treated by a psychiatrist and was prescribed medications for depression.”

“The wife claims, for the most part, that the parties had a happy marriage and shared a common interest in Chinese literature and family life and that she always put her husband’s needs first. She testified that she had witnessed emotional instability on the part of her husband throughout the marriage, but she tried to support him in his work and was proud of how successful he had become as a scholar in ancient Chinese literature. (7)”

    “Note 7. The wife described her husband as very insecure and ‘socially kind of weird.’ She stated that while husband enjoys social events, he doesn’t know how to behave and that his ‘mood [is] always up and down very much.’ (T 1/6/09). The wife also described certain troubling conduct by the husband during the course of the marriage, such as banging his head against a wall, and other bizarre behaviors.”   

Her claims regarding husband’s personality were corroborated by husband’s aunt, Eugenia Commack. (8)”

“Note 8. Ms. Commack described the husband as having been a ‘very bright but very troubled child’ who was unable to socially interact. Her testimony described the wife as a supportive and loving spouse.” 

“The wife claims she became aware of the magnitude of the problems in their marriage in the summer of 2007, after the daughter accessed her husband’s computer and discovered emails between her husband and another woman. (9)”

“Note 9. The court accepts as credible the testimony of the wife, that in the summer of 2007, the daughter accessed the husband’s computer for her personal use and found the husband’s personal communications with [Ms. Solovieva], evidencing the extramarital relationship, and that the daughter then shared this information with her mother. (T 1/5/09, p. 136)”

“The testimony of the parties reveal a marriage wherein the husband controlled virtually every aspect of familial life. the husband brought his wife to the United States knowing that she was not fluent in the English language and he determined the family was to speak only Chinese in the home. He further determined that there would be no television in the home. The wife was often uncomfortable in academic and/or social settings because she did not become fluent in English and it is apparent that the husband blames the wife for her discomfort…” (Memorandum of Decision, pp.5-6) 

QUOTE:

“SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM

To: Jon Butler, Dean, Yale Graduate School […]

BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, you are hereby commanded to appear for a legally noticed deposition at the law offices of Engleman, Noyes & Rubin, LLP… on December 11, 2007 at 9:00 am… 

AND YOU ARE FURTHER COMMANDED to bring and have with you at said time and place the following records: 1. The complete personnel file for [Saussy]; 2. The complete graduate student transcript and file for [Ms. Solovieva]; 3. All complaints and/or investigations of [Saussy’s] relationship’s with a student, including, but not limited to, [Ms. Solovieva].”

(Subpoena Duces Tecum, issued 10/23/2007). 

QUOTE:

“MOTION TO COMPEL, PENDENT LITE

The defendant [Ms. Wang-Saussy] moves that the court compel the plaintiff’s compliance with request for production #6 All academic or other recommendations written or emailed at any time for [Ms. Solovieva] or any other person with whom [husband] had an extra-marital affair, dating or sexual relationship other than [his] wife, from the date of marriage to the present time, dated October 23, 2007.” (Motion to Compel, issued 04/16/2008)

QUOTE:

“…the plaintiff, Chairman of the Department of Comparative Literature at Yale University, has admitted under oath to having an adulterous affair with [Ms. Solovieva], a graduate student in the department of comparative literature, who [sic] he advised on her doctoral dissertation.” (Motion to Compel Compliance with Subpoena Duces Tecum, Pendente Lite, issued 04/04/2008) 

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“MOTION FOR FORENSIC EXAMINATION OF COMPUTER HARD DRIVE DUE TO PLAINTIFF’S INTENTIONALLY DELETING EMAILS AND FAILING TO SAVE EMAILS TO AND FROM HIS GIRLFRIEND, PENDENTE LITE.”  

“The defendant has testified in deposition on 12/11/07 that he had an adulterous affair with said woman during the marriage, and that he intentionally deleted emails to and from said woman in August 2007, immediately prior to commencing this divorce action, and that since that time he has failed to save emails. He testified that these activities occurred on his office laptop computer and his personal laptop computer.” 

“The hard drives from the computers will be examined by professionals at Enterprise Computers Co., specifically to retrieve and print out only emails to and from [Ms. Solovieva].”   

QUOTE: 

Email Haun to Olga 3/7/02; Email Olga to Haun 3/7/02″

(Defendant Wife’s Revised Exhibit List, issued 12/12/2008)