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.”
Listen to the entire interview below: