Mountain State Justice, a Charleston-based public interest law firm, filed an emergency motion last week against the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center, located on the grounds of the now-closed Industrial Home for Youth in Salem. According to the motion, the center is grossly understaffed and residents there feel unsafe.
This morning, Mercer Circuit Judge Omar Aboulhosn ordered the facility be closed or moved by Sept. 30.
Judge Aboulhosn said hearing documents used for youth at HBJ for guilty plea worst he’s ever seen.Judge says very troubled about due process
— Dave Boucher (@Dave_Boucher1) July 10, 2013
Look for a full story on the hearing soon. Click here to read Dave’s story on the hearing.
In other news…
- A recent engineering report found many problems at the West Virginia Veterans Memorial, located on the grounds of the state Capitol Complex. The memorial’s electrical and lighting system likely needs to be completely replaced, and the reflecting pool also needs significant repairs.
- A Charleston abortion provider responded to a lawsuit brought him last month by religious pro-life groups. Itai Gravely sued Dr.Rodney Lee Stephens and the Women’s Health Center after having an abortion at the clinic,which she claims was improperly performed and caused additional medical complications. Stephens’ lawyers maintain there was “no unwanted or inappropriate touching. (Gravely) had a medical procedure to which she provided informed consent, voluntarily and of her free will.”
- In case you missed it yesterday, Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, will leave her current office to run for the state’s 2nd Congressional District.
Also, if you’ll excuse the humblebrag, the Daily Mail’s parent company Digital First Media gave me an award for best use of social media, for a blog post I compiled during last year’s Sissonville gas line explosion.