Boston, MA – On Sunday Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, appeared before the Suffolk County Juvenile Court to defend a family against abuse by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).
This is a story of a 15-year-old ice-skating competitor who was taken from her parents by DCF, locked up for over a year, and is now confined to a wheelchair because of maltreatment for a metabolic disorder. Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier, recently spoke to the media about the tragic case involving DCF and Boston Children’s Hospital. Seeking to silence the parents, DCF has filed a complaint to hold the father in contempt of court for violating an alleged gag order that was never put in writing.
“The very purpose of the First Amendment’s protections is to protect citizens against this kind of governmental oppression,” said Staver. “DCF’s motion for contempt is nothing more than an attempt to prevent the public from gaining access to information concerning the State’s unconstitutional intrusion into the fundamental parental rights of the Pelletiers and to extend the secrecy of these proceedings,” Staver said. “There is simply no justification for such a gross violation of the presumption of public access to judicial proceedings.”
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