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Federal appeals court judges question dismissal of R.I. child advocate’s lawsuit

01:00 AM EST on Wednesday, January 6, 2010
By Katie Mulvaney

Journal Staff Writer

BOSTON — A federal appeals court panel that includes retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter appeared perplexed Tuesday by the dismissal of a lawsuit that accuses the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families of widespread abuse and neglect of children in state foster care.

Rhode Island Child Advocate Jametta O. Alston and the New York-based advocacy group Children’s Rights asked the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald R. Lagueux’s dismissal of the lawsuit alleging the system was underfunded, understaffed and mismanaged, and that children were being molested, beaten and shuffled from home to home while in state foster care. They argued that Lagueux had used a law intended to guarantee children access to the federal courts instead to bar them from seeking justice.

The DCYF countered that Lagueux was correct in finding that the children’s interests were already being served in state Family Court, where guardians had been appointed to handle each child’s case.

“The District Court judge did find these … children have the ability to have their voices heard,” Asst. Attorney General Brenda D. Baum said.

But those arguments did not sit well with the appeals court judges. Lagueux’s ruling seemed to chronicle years of mistreatment of children in state care, only to reject the three “next friends” chosen to represent the children in bringing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court, noted Senior Judge Norman H. Stahl.

Didn’t Lagueux have the duty to then name appropriate people to take on the children’s federal case? Stahl asked. A minor may only bring suit when represented by a “next friend” or guardian appointed by the court. By dismissing the case, the judge is essentially saying “what is going on is good enough?” Stahl said.

Souter echoed that reasoning. “He’s throwing up his hands and throwing the case out,” said Souter, who returned to the appeals court for the first time since his retirement.

The record, Baum said, is thick with Family Court documents that show active engagement in the children’s cases. Souter replied that Family Court involvement is not in question. What is, he said, is whether “insufficient things are being done to protect children.”

Alston’s case may target the DCYF, Baum said, but Family Court is also involved in decision making. “It can’t be limited to them.”

The case, Souter said, boils down to whether the Family Court and the DCYF are doing the best they can. Alston is claiming, he said, that the next friends are needed because the system “does not provide minimum things that need to be provided.”

Susan Lambiase, associate director of Children’s Rights, argued that the Family Court guardians were not appropriate to represent the children in federal court because they were part of the system the suit seeks to overhaul.

She asked the appeals court to develop a test to gauge whether a next friend is qualified not on how close he or she is to the child, but on whether the person has a “good-faith interest in seeking justice” on a child’s behalf.

“[The next friends] are not ideologues,” Lambiase said. “They are here on behalf of the children.”

Alston and Children’s Rights filed the suit in 2007 on behalf of the 3,000 children in state custody following the death of T.J. Wright, a Woonsocket toddler beaten to death by his aunt and her boyfriend while in DCYF care. The suit initially named 10 children as plaintiffs and sought class-action status, saying their civil rights were being violated.

Alston appointed “next friends” to represent the children, including one child’s former foster mother, another’s past school psychologist and a Brown University professor who specializes in child maltreatment.

Lagueux dismissed the suit, saying Alston had no authority to proceed because the children were already under state Family Court jurisdiction. The three “next friends,” he said, had limited or nonexistent relationships with the children.

Alston wept after Tuesday’s arguments. “This is the first time I’ve heard judges understand the plight of children in their care,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen how facts and justice can blend.”

Jim Lee, chief of the attorney general’s civil division, was more circumspect. “I think they see it as a serious case, and they’re going to give it serious consideration.” He was accompanied by Kevin Aucoin, chief counsel of the DCYF.




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Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Judicial Misconduct Exposed

What happens in Connecticut, often happens in the rest of the country eventually. Connecticut should be watched by the rest of the country to curb the "abuse the public" mentality of the US Courts and their minions who are elected officials.

Links to go with above:

The above video may accuse the Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of obstructing justice and racketeering. Blumenthal calls himself the "People's Lawyer" on his webpage. He is willing to defend the state against lawsuits AND takes complaints of public corruption???!!! Isn't that a conflict of interest? A post on the CT Atty General:

When court workers bilk the public out of money and then pocket the cash, are these thieves arrested and prosecuted? The answer [found here] may surprise you.

A link to the above video was sent to the Connecticut Judiciary Committee legislators by email Dec. 23, 2009, to:;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Uploaded Dec. 6, 2007:

Text with video:
Are Connecticut Judges being bribed in Cocaine?

Part 2 of the Judicial Branch's THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRUST COMMISSION, click here:

The above video was shot 12-6-2007 at the Bridgeport, CT, Superior Court.

It is a contination of the first meeting at the Connecticut Supreme Court:

Andrea Wilson, of Bethel, CT, really sticks her neck out. I don't yet know the name of the judicial branch employee who was 2nd to speak. Andrea is, or maybe now, was, a worker in the court library at Stamford, Connecticut, Superior Court.

My email:

Connecticut Judicial Branch Public Service and Trust Committee Members: * Honorable Alexandra DiPentima, Chair * Sandra Sosnoff Baird, Family Support Magistrate * Honorable Robert E. Beach Jr., Appellate Court Judge * Honorable John D. Boland, Superior Court Judge * Joseph F. Camilleri, Information Technology Division * William H. Carbone, Court Support Services Division * Honorable Patrick L. Carroll, III, Superior Court Judge * Honorable Thomas J. Corradino, Superior Court Judge * Attorney Joseph D. D'Alesio, Superior Court Operations Division * Honorable Nina F. Elgo, Superior Court Judge * Attorney Melissa A. Farley, Division of External Affairs * Honorable Roland D. Fasano, Superior Court Judge * Honorable James T. Graham, Superior Court Judge * Ms. Lisa Holden, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence * Attorney Norman K. Janes, Statewide Legal Services of CT, Inc. * Honorable Clarance J. Jones, Superior Court Judge * Attorney Kevin T. Kane, Chief State's Attorney * Justice Joette Katz, Supreme Court Justice * Ms. Caren Kittredge, Public Member * Honorable Sandra Vilardi Leheny, Superior Court Judge * Honorable Douglas C. Mintz, Superior Court Judge * Attorney Joseph Mirrione, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association * Attorney William H. Prout Jr., Connecticut Bar Association * Honorable Barbara M. Quinn, Deputy Chief Court Administrator * Honorable Kevin A. Randolph, Superior Court Judge * Honorable Antonio C. Robaina, Superior Court Judge * Attorney Kenneth B. Rubin, Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers * Honorable William B. Rush, Superior Court Judge * Attorney Michael T. Ryan, Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association * Attorney Mary Sommer Sandak, Attorney at Law * Honorable Dan Shaban, Superior Court Judge * Honorable Joseph Shortall, Superior Court Judge * Thomas A. Siconolfi, Administrative Services Division * Carolyn Signorelli, Chief Child Protection Attorney * Attorney Toni M. Smith-Rosario, Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association * Attorney Robert Stillman, Representative of the Connecticut Business and Industry Council * Attorney Susan O. Storey, Chief Public Defender * Honorable Hillary B. Strackbein, Superior Court Judge * Attorney Frederic S. Ury, Attorney at Law * Attorney Dawne G. Westbrook, NAACP * Alex Wood, Journal Inquirer * Attorney Jennifer Zito, Criminal Defense Association

This blogger's beef:

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[click here] for:

Standing up to the "Judencia", The Attorney Mafia

One of the alleged Connecticut Kingpins of the Judencia, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal

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