- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 1, 2013) — On Monday, The Post & Email reported that a federal lawsuit claiming deprivation of civil rights filed by two parents attempting to regain custody of their seven children in foster care was denied advancement in the courts on the basis of “in forma pauperis.”
The lawsuit was filed against government employees of Los Angeles County, including social workers at the Department of Children and Families under Title 42 of the U.S. Code.
The ruling by Judge George H. King renders the filers, Jeffrey and Erica Henderson, responsible for the filing fee, which is $450. The parents’ ability to earn a living has been disrupted since they were jailed in May 2011 and the children placed in foster homes.
King was born in Shanghai, China and is chief judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In his denial of the in forma pauperis request, King opined that the lawsuit was “rambling” and “a…mostly unintelligible mishmash of duplicative, conclusory and irrelevant legal and factual allegations…”
King’s financial disclosure reports have been a topic of interest of the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch. As a criminal defense attorney, King did not receive favorable reviews from several clients, one of whom stated that he “always favors the government.”
Of King’s decision, Erica Henderson stated:
The first 19 pages names the defendants. Is there any opportunity to cut 30 pages there? Not much, unless we start removing defendants, which is probably what they are insinuating. What about the next 34 pages of the Facts of the Case? How much can we trim from this? More than 5 pages? I don’t think so. If we remove the law of the case we get rid of 18 pages, but 25 more pages must be trimmed. The only place left to trim it is in the causes of action, which would be absurd.
Jeffrey and I have decided to appeal the decision. We are also going to trim our complaint to 70 pages and re-file ASAP. We would like nothing better then to expose the first level of the federal courts as being anti-poor, anti-people, and anti-family.
Thank you for everyone who is following this case closely and for all the support we have received. You should know that we are not discouraged, but we are disappointed to find that the coverup goes higher than the state level. We look forward to continuing the journey with you to discover if this corruption continues to the 9th circuit. G-d help us all if there is no justice in the 9th.
Addenda to the lawsuit are listed and can be read here. Jeffrey Henderson is currently studying for the Law School Admission Test and has received favorable pretest scores which the family hopes will garner him a full scholarship and stipend to attend law school. An interview with Jeffrey can be found here.