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Deborah was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in June 2012

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Newton: What dependency court delays do

When appearances drag on, it’s not the judges or the lawyers but the families that pay.

by Jim Newton

In the weeks since Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Michael Nash opened this county’s dependency proceedings to the press, there have been a number of revelations about a system that, until now, has been largely shielded from scrutiny. For the first time, the public is getting a broad look at the consequences of sloppy social work, the defensiveness of lawyers used to operating in secret, the agonizing decisions of judges, even the occasional happy outcome in which a family, once torn apart, is successfully reunited. Read More