Sunday, October 10, 2004

On the process for termination of parental rights in Virginia

The Roanoke paper reports here ("Broken bonds: child welfare and the battle over terminating parents' rights," 9/10/04) on the law of termination of parental rights in Virginia, by describing a recent split decision by a panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals including Judges Willis, Coleman, and Benton.

The article begins, stupidly, "Donna Faye Smith's fate as mother was decided, in the end, by three judges she'd never met." Of course, if the judges were people she knew, they might have recused themselves.

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