Monday, February 18, 2008

Special Reports: Broken Families, Broken Courts

Attorney won't seek new deal with court


The owner of the for-profit firm representing low-income clients in Santa Clara County's dependency court announced his resignation to his staff this week, two days after a Mercury News investigation revealed his firm's timid advocacy for parents facing the loss of their children.

Full Story

Controversial lawyer in dependency court resigns following Mercury News series

A call for swift change for juvenile dependency courts

Expected recommendations for juvenile dependency courts

PART I: How rushed justice fails our kids

PART II: A timid advocate for parents' rights

PART III: Big stakes, but little voice for kids

Judge's personal, legal experience

District attorney office's 'different hat' troubles some

Lawyer reconsiders how clients are defended

Overworked defenders: Sacramento attorneys struggle to keep up

Deputy public defender stepped in for foster mom

High turnover: Many judges want no part of dependency court

In these crowded courts, the rules are different

Comparing rates of reunification can be difficult

How this series was reported

An inside look at California's Dependency Court

ABC 7 covers the story and Mercury News reporter Karen de Sá talks about the investigative report The San Jose Mercury News Reports On A Year Long Investigation Into California's Dependency Court 2/12/08

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