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Columbus Dispatch - Lawsuit against Children Services might break new legal ground Print E-mail

The following article appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on March 6, 2011.


Franklin County Children Services works with thousands of parents each year, and many of them get angry about what the agency does - or doesn't do - to help their troubled families.

But there's a big difference between being angry enough to sue and winning a lawsuit against child-welfare workers.

The civil lawsuit currently before a jury in U.S. District Court is a rare example of a complaint that survived the government-immunity and other legal hurdles that protect child-welfare agencies throughout the nation.


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CNN - Couple Wrongly Accused of Child Abuse Print E-mail

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Washington Post - Supreme Court confronts conflict between constitutional rights and protecting children Print E-mail

The following article by Robert Barnes appeared in the Febraury 27, 2011 Washington Post.

In Oregon, a 9-year-old girl was escorted from class to a school conference room, where a child-welfare caseworker and a police officer questioned her about whether her father had touched her inappropriately. After two hours of questioning, she finally said he had, a statement she later recanted.

In North Carolina, a 13-year-old was pulled out of class for a closed-door meeting with police officers and the principal, where he was urged to do the right thing and eventually implicated himself in a recent burglary. He was not given his Miranda rights because the interview at the school was not considered official police custody.

Both cases are on the Supreme Court's docket this month as justices continue to parse how the Constitution applies to children. Justices repeatedly have established "that youth are different from adults and, accordingly, should be treated differently by the courts," said Bill Grimm, senior attorney for the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, Calif.

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