This sort of thing happens all too frequently in rural counties throughout the country. My nephew was in a long legal battle for visitation with his son. The tramp he married was related to the judge and prosecutor in an Alabama county. He lost based on perjuried testimony.
I’m under no illusion that such behavior will ever be stamped out. But the more examples that can be made of the would-be Nifongs, the less it is likely to happen.