#FreeJustina: Attorney offers new updates in the case of Justina Pelletier

There are new updates in the case of Justina Pelletier – the Connecticut teen who has been in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for over a year. On Monday, a juvenile court judge made no ruling in the case, instead saying he would make a decision by Friday. On radio this morning, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel joined Glenn to discuss the latest “kicking of the can” in the case and what the American people can do to help.

“Mat Staver is with us… We wanted to get an update on the Justina Pelletier case,” Glenn said. “Justina had to go to the emergency room over the weekend and the parents weren’t notified. The judge was supposed to, we thought, return Justina at least to Tufts medical facilities on Monday. But then he said, ‘I’m waiting until Friday to make any decision’… Mat is here to just give us a quick update.”

Last weekend, Justina was admitted to the emergency room for reasons still unknown to her parents, and Justina will not be allowed to discuss what happened even during their supervised visiting time. Why? DCF has stipulated they cannot talk about any medical conditions, diagnostic studies, et cetera in the presence of Justina. Furthermore, last time Glenn spoke to Mat, it seemed as though progress was being made in the case and Justina may actually return to her original doctors’ care, but that has still not happened.

“I thought was going in the direction of her being returned to parents,” Glenn said. “What happened?”

“Well, that’s the direction we’re moving towards but what happened here is DCF is really trying to dig its heels in. We do have – as of two weeks ago – a signed order by the court to transfer her care back to Tufts,” Mat explained. “Now… we’re working directly with Tufts. We have been told by the medical director and Dr. Korson, the medical specialist who treated [Justina] for some time before this happened, that they are ready, willing, and eager to have her returned. Even this morning, we’re working directly with Tufts because DCF continues to drag its heels and is not working with Tufts. So we’re going directly to Tufts.”

While the behavior of the Massachusetts DCF might sound worthy of contempt charges, the judge in this case has continually kicked the can down the road.

“We have now uncovered in the record where the judge, last summer, said, ‘I’m inclined to send Justina back home,’” Mat said. “And he said to DCF, ‘You need to make arrangements this to this.’ And DCF didn’t do this. And DCF came back into court and said, ‘You can’t make to us do this. You can’t force us to do it.’ So the judge just kicked the can down the road with no ruling. So here we are, 14 months later.”

Liberty Counsel just recently became involved in this case after hearing Glenn talk about it on his radio and television programs. In the short time they have been on the case, Mat believes progress has been made. But he encouraged anyone listening to continue to speak up and spread the word about this atrocity.

“We’re moving this thing in the right direction… [But people need] to make their voice known to DCF and the governor of the state [of Massachusetts]. They need to have an independent investigation. They need to free Justina,” Mat explained. “If they’re tweeting, they can tweet hashtag #FreeJustina. They can also go to the FreeJustina.com website for more information. They can go to our website, LC.org. We’re going to continue to get up information for people to be able to reach out and make their voice known because this is outrageous, and it has to come to an end. Justina’s life literally is in the balance.”

Glenn has taken the step to sign the petition on FreeJustina.com, and he encouraged all those listening to do the same. Ultimately, this case is one of many happening around the U.S. and it is time to send a message that this type of action will not be tolerated.

“I signed the petition. I want you to do the same… This little girl’s life is at stake, and this is so much more than just one girl. This is happening all around the country,” Glenn concluded. “You are not messing with the United States of America as you once knew it. You are messing with a growing – I’m going to say it – a growing fascistic government. And it doesn’t matter if this guy is the president or the next guy is the president. This is not about the president. This is about the system that is being created by both parties, and it is extraordinarily dangerous.”

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  • Anonymous

    These kidnappers and child abusers need arrested, prosecuted and if found guilty jailed for life with no chance of parole. The judges and other peripheral people involved also need held 100% accountable. This complete and utter abomination must stop. It appears they will stop at nothing to exert control, even up to placing this poor girl’s life in jeopardy.

  • Shpilkus

    What the State of Massachusetts has done at the instigation of Children’s Hospital is an outrage. This insanity has been going on for over 20 years now, and the people of MA are in denial. It’s time to clean house and shut down that hospital from hell, and boot Olga Roche the hell out of that commissioners position. That bloated buffoon is not qualified to be dog catcher.

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    I say everyone responsible for this happening should be thrown in prison.

  • Mike Nelson

    What confuses me is that there are so many who just go along with it.

    It’s like a mini-DC where everyone knows there’s a problem, but they are all intimately and implicitly involved in the damage being done to people whose faces they see, to the lies they participate in while knowing their actions are not only Evil, but nourish the disease.

    Imagine a lethal injection being administered by a smiling and cheerful nurse who promises a better tomorrow as the poison courses through the veins of an innocent man…

  • Anonymous

    Is DCF waiting until she dies? I don’t understand their motivation for even holding on to her anymore?

  • Madeline Benson

    I agree!!

  • Anonymous

    the tragedy of this story is beyond comprehension. The time delay between Childrens Hospital taking custody and as of yet, no resolution is indefensible. The juvenile court is at fault here in not redressing this situation and resolving the conflicting diagnosis between two world renowned medical institutions. While there is usually another side to the story those of us on the outside cannot know the true facts because of the closed proceeding. I worry for Justina as the family’s attorneys and the guardian ad litem had reached agreement on the terms of a release from custody. Now that they have resigned due to conflict with Mr. Staver, the court has another potential excuse for delay. The attorney who attempted to move in Mr. Staver pro hac vice, and is now the only attorney of record on the family’s behalf has been subject to two disciplinary actions in his career. Not exactly what you want on your attorney record and not something that causes judges to trust you. Finally, the heretofore absent Connecticut family welfare agency, will have to decide what to do about a substantiated complaint of medical neglect against Mr. pelletier.

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  • Anonymous

    MA you need to take your state back and your children! You need to boycott BCH. You need a conservative not progressive I’ll-take-your-children-for-$$ governor. Everyone in every state needs to call reps and sense to pass a law to protect children from these errant bureaucrats and ‘village mentality’ . Don’t let any DCF change your child’s diagnosis. Don’t let them stop you from seeing or having your child. This is not munchausen by proxy. This is pure evil experiemntation-why else would she be locked up for >13mos-she was no danger to herself or anyone. She is a sick kid with Mito, not Somatoform disorder.
    We need to call US Reps and Senators to sponsor Justina’s Law. We must abolish Bill Clinton’s 2000 HHS regs which state children made wards of the state can be used without parental consent as human experiments as happened with Justina. I mad, I’m really mad. This is coming from Clinton, Hilarycare, obama and obamacare. Stand up and fight!
    Justina’s first amendment rights have been violated for 14 mos and NO elected officials except Marc Lombardo cares.

  • http://MelissaCaulk.com/ Missy Caulk

    “And DCF came back into court and said, ‘You can’t make to us do this. You can’t force us to do it.’ So the judge just kicked the can down the road with no ruling. So here we are, 14 months later.” So who can make them obey? A judge tells them what to do and that is their response? Scary #FreeJustina

  • James Dezelan

    Sounds like the judge has gotten the word that if she passed away it would be better for the powers that be.

  • Anonymous

    Not only should people avoid BCH, but anyone who donates money to them should stop, and tell them why. It appears that they and DCF are out of control.

  • http://thedoctorwhocurescancer.com/ TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer

    It’s possible DCF will hand Justina over when she is too sick. Then if she were to die, they will say it’s not their fault. We told you the other doctor was wrong. Look what happened. We gave you the child back and now she’s dead.

  • http://thedoctorwhocurescancer.com/ TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer

    Don’t be surprised if they hand Justina back when she is really ill, so if she dies, they can claim it was the other doctor’s fault.

  • mountainlakekid

    A Note To Blaze Editors: There appears to be trouble with your “search” tab mechanism. I have used it in the past to find articles about “Justina Pelletier” and many times it returns with “0″ findings or a few findings with the latest article missing from the list. This story today was not found when I “searched” for it. I had to find it through a link posted by a friend on FB. Please correct this problem if at all possible, especially now when more people are becoming aware of the story and are researching the details for themselves. It is very frustrating to me when I know you have articles but I can not locate them through your search tab. Please do not discourage those new to the issue with this technical problem. We all appreciate your coverage of this very important story and wish you to continue. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Go away!!!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if DCF can’t be tried for Contempt of Court?

  • Marlene Kelley

    This whole situation is insanity! It’s hard to imagine this kind of thing is going on and DCF isn’t being stopped! I’ve been aware of other situations in different agencies, but I always somehow thought that if this type of thing became known, that it would be stopped immediately! Who gives these agencies this kind of power, and what can be done to turn it around? It’s scary to think they can do this and get away with it for so long…

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  • Anonymous

    The Massachusetts lawmakers should make more noise. I’ve made phone calls, sent emails and signed petitions. We can’t keep dangerous mental patients in institutions. They kick them out as soon as possible but sweet Justina is locked up for 14 months. She is a prisoner of the state of Massachusetts.

  • Lisa

    I’ve had that happen too. If you look on twitter #FreeJustina you’ll find lots of info and links.

  • Anonymous

    Sandra Fenwick, president of BCH, is much more concerned about the reputation of BCH than the fate of Justina. So, if Justina is returned her parents, and she recovers, the before and after pics will be devastating to BCH’s reputation. And it will be clear that Sandra Fenwick allowed the psychiatric dept to wrongly take control of this case.

    I think that the entire state machine is in full CYA mode, and yes, it may be better for them is Justina dies.

  • Anonymous

    Put a target on the back of the dcf director as see how fast Justina is returned to her parents.

  • Margo

    I just learned that the commissioner, Olga Roche, is Hispanic like myself, and I am overwhelmed by shame and disgust. Hispanics are known for family values and compassion. This woman Must not live in the same America that I live, the America illuminated by the Statue of Liberty. I tried to send her a message but she has disabled her email account! So she has separated herself from the people! She should suffer the same consequence – jail- as those vile human beings who keep children in their basements without access to freedom.