Judge: Child And Family Services Stays Under Court Supervision | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Judge: Child And Family Services Stays Under Court Supervision

Play associated audio

By Sabri Ben-Achour

A federal Judge has found D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in contempt of court in the city's ongoing case over its Child and Family Services agency. The ruling is a setback in the city's attempt to remove the agency from court supervision.

For nearly 17 years, the District's Child and Family Services agency has been under some form of court supervision for failures in it's child welfare system. For the past year and a half, the city has argued that supervision should end. Attorney General Peter Nickles says substantial improvement at the agency should free it from court oversight.

"Unless there's a current federal law violation or constitutional violation, the court, under separation of power principles, should permit the executive and the legislature to direct the operation of city agencies," says Nickles.

But in his ruling Monday, Judge Thomas Hogan disagreed. He says while there has been some progress, significant reductions in case backlogs for example, the current record is mixed. History and experience prevent him, the judge says, from concluding just yet that the progress would last.

Judge Hogan also criticized the District for being uncooperative, finding the mayor in civil contempt for not coordinating key decisions with the plaintiffs in the case. Attorney General Peter Nickles promises to appeal the decision.

NPR

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.
NPR

Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.
NPR

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.
NPR

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.