Children

19 ABA Journal Children articles.

Top Massachusetts court vacates 90-day contempt sentence for teen who called judge B-word
A 16-year-old girl who called a judge a “dumb, white b- - - -” was wrongly sentenced to 90 days in youth services for contempt of court by the judge she insulted, according to an April 12 decision by the top court in Massachusetts.
Secret camera recordings can be used against nanny at trial, state supreme court says
A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Thursday that secretly recorded audio can be used against a nanny accused of assaulting three young children.
Children’s court judge is charged with possession of child pornography
A Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, children’s court judge was charged Wednesday with possession of videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of toddlers and boys.
Grandparents can recover emotional distress damages under ‘zone of danger’ rule, top state court rules
A grandparent who saw her 2-year-old granddaughter get hit by falling debris, causing her death, can recover emotional distress damages as a bystander under the “zone of danger” rule, New York’s top court has ruled.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge in ethics trouble for school dispute; lawyer sues ex-client who punched him

Panel recommends judge’s removal for school-dispute conduct

A judicial ethics panel has recommended removal of a judge in Union County, New Jersey, based on her conduct after her children’s Catholic…

Suspended family law attorney is accused of additional sex crimes
A suspended Chicago family law attorney faces additional sexual assault and sexual abuse charges involving attacks on two women he knew through his law practice.
New Mexico tosses restriction that prevented parents in law school from receiving child care subsidy

After hearing about child care concerns from a campus parent group, the University of New Mexico School of Law School convinced the state in September to change a child care subsidy rule, which until then prohibited eligibility for graduate and postgraduate students.

Kids in divorce court: Understanding the impact and how legal professionals can help

Aside from doing everything in their power to keep kids out of the courtroom, we can hear teenage voices and work toward giving them some of what they want without giving them everything they want.

Judge who forced child into lockup, traded F-words with defendant, loses retention bid

A Cook County, Illinois, judge shown on video forcing a child into a holding cell is only the second judge in the county to lose a retention bid since 1990. Judge Jackie Portman-Brown fell short of the 60% “yes” vote needed to retain her seat.

Ban on therapy to change sexual orientation in minors violates First Amendment, 11th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked two ordinances on First Amendment grounds in Florida that ban licensed therapists from providing “conversion therapy” to minors.
Barrett asks about precedent in case involving LGBTQ discrimination and religious rights
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked questions that appeared to favor both sides during oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving LGBTQ discrimination and religious liberty.
Barrett will join Supreme Court to hear blockbuster religious freedom case

The justices are reviewing Philadelphia’s decision to exclude Catholic Social Services, an agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, from its foster care system over the church agency’s refusal to abide by the city’s nondiscrimination policy.

Foster care agencies that contract with the government shouldn’t discriminate, ABA says in amicus brief
When contracting with the city of Philadelphia to provide foster care services, Catholic Social Services must adhere to the government’s nondiscrimination policies, the ABA told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.
Children should be protected from unreasonable restraints, seclusion and searches, ABA House says
The well-being and rights of children and youth were addressed in three resolutions approved by the ABA House of Delegates at the annual meeting on Monday.
Custody litigant requests ‘trial by combat,’ suggesting it be carried out with Japanese swords
A custody litigant has filed a motion in an Iowa court seeking a “trial by combat” with his ex-wife and her lawyer.

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