From the Voice of OC: DA’s Improper Disclosures to Cost County Nearly $630K. Lead,
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is seeking nearly $630,000 for paralegals following revelations of systemic problems with prosecutors failing to properly disclose evidence to criminal defendants. The last-minute request for 10 limited-term paralegals was revealed last week during the county Board of Supervisor’s initial 2014-15 budget discussions. Supervisors unanimously gave tentative approval for the hiring, with a final decision coming later this month.
From the OC Register: County loses $4.9 million lawsuit challenge over lying social workers. Lead,
The County of Orange lost its battle in the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to overturn a record-setting $4.9 million judgment awarded to a Seal Beach woman, after two county social workers lied to a juvenile court commissioner in order to take away the woman’s two daughters. It took Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick 6 ½ years to regain custody of her children. The jury award given to Fogarty-Hardwick included damages against the two social workers. The Supreme Court also upheld $1.6 million in attorneys fees for Fogarty-Hardwick’s attorneys, but that could end being as much as $3 million, Fogarty-Hardwick’s attorney Shawn McMillan said.
From the Voice of OC: OC Child Protection Agency Under Fire. Lead,
Orange County’s child welfare system continues to draw criticism, with one local pastor telling county supervisors this week that numerous families have come forward to share horrific stories about how the agency handled their children’s cases. “Over these years it’s been brought to me many times that children are being abused by the system,” Wiley Drake, a Buena Park pastor and radio host, told supervisors at their meeting Tuesday. Drake publicly scolded supervisors for their collective silence about the county’s system for protecting vulnerable children, known as Child Protective Services.
Who’s getting fired?