In re McBride – Supreme Court Denies Application for Leave

The Supreme Court by a 5-2 order denied appeal in the McBride case after canceling the application argument. The two issues in this case were 1) a violation of respondent-father’s right to counsel and 2) the violation of respondent-father’s right to participate by telephone pursuant to MCR 2.004 in the termination of parental rights proceedings.  The trial court violated the incarcerated father’s right to counsel and right to participate by telephone.  The AG and the Solicitor General confessed error for DHS by recommending reversal in their amicus brief,  but the Bay County Prosecutor did not agree.  The trial court also disregarded attempts by the father’s family to participate and get placement.  Justice Corrigan wrote a well-reasoned decent that was joined by Justice Kelly.

Respondent is the father of three sons who were 8, 10, and 13 years old, respectively, when child protection proceedings began against their mother in September 2006.  The allegations related to mother’s abuse of one of the children.  She pled guilty tot he allegations. Respondent has been incarcerated with the Department of Corrections (DOC) since 2004 on charges of CSC 1st Degree and CSC 2nd Degree (both of which involved a minor).

Although respondent-father had a right to communicate with the court by telephone in order to participate in the child protective proceedings, he was not informed of this right.  He received notices concerning the hearings, but the DHS and the court failed to comply with MCR 2.004 (B) and (C), which require the DHS to move the court to arrange for telephonic communication with a respondent parent through the DOC.

Respondent-fahter’s sister was at the hearings and offered to care for the children.  While the trial court found her to be appropriate, it denied her request on the basis that she lived over an hour away and the DHS foster placement would allow the children to remain in their school district.  The trial court also denied a request for visitation with the father in prison, despite his sister’s offer to provide transportation for those visits.

After a year in care, respondent-mother had not rectified the conditions that led to the children coming into care and petitioners filed to terminate respondent-mother and respondent-father’s parental rights.  At the termination hearing, for the first time the DHS and the court arranged for respondent-father to participate by telephone.  He immediately invoked his right to counsel, but the court denied his request.

On November 7, 2007, the court issued an opinion and order terminating both parents’ rights to their sons.  Respondent-mother and respondent separately appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed in a split, unpublished opinion.   Dissenting Judge Gleicher would have reversed the order terminating respondent’s parental rights.  She opined that the DHS’s and the court’s failures to comply with MCR 2.004 and the complete denial of counsel required reversal because respondent’s procedural and substantive due process rights were violated and, therefore, the court’s resulting order “lack[ed] any inherent integrity . . . .”

Justice Corrigan wrote that the trial court’s refusal to allow respondent-father to appear by telephone was a violation of MCR 2.004 and reversal was mandated by MCR 2.004(F).  She did not reach the due process issue because reversal was mandated by MCR 2.004(F).  She wrote that the failure to follow MCR 2.004 was not harmless error as he could have been appointed an attorney and argued throughout the proceedings.

She also opined that termination was not inevitable under MCL 712A.19b(3)(h).  That statute does not automatically authorize termination merely because a parent will be imprisoned for more than two years. Rather, the statute permits termination if the

parent is imprisoned for such a period that the child will be deprived of a normal home for a period exceeding 2 years, and the parent has not provided for the child’s proper care and custody, and there is no reasonable expectation that the parent will be able to provide proper care and custody within a reasonable time considering the child’s age. [MCL 712A.19b(3)(h) (emphasis added).]

She wrote that the statute’s use of the word “and” clearly permits a parent to provide for the child’s proper care and custody although he is in prison; he need not personally care for the children.  In this case, respondent-father could have argued and arranged for placement with his sister.

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Diet Pills for Women – Which One is for Me?

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Keeping Japan In Our Hearts & Prayers

I have been watching like the rest of the world as Japan goes through the hardships that they are having to endure over the last week. First to be hit by an earthquake. Then to have a tsunami hit on the heels of that earthquake. Now it seems that their nuclear reactors are going to dish yet another tragic event. The whole while they are having to come to terms with the lost of loved ones while dealing with the uncertainty of what is yet to come.

As I watch this all unfold on my local news I can’t help but remember those movies they use to show on the Monday night movie when I was a child. I think I was a first grader when they were aired. I was suppose to be in bed sleeping but would sneak up to watch as they played on our little t.v. Sitting behind my mother’s chair and hoping she would realize I was there.

These movies would scare me to death. I would watch as some act of either Mother Nature or man would set off a chain of events that would inflict suffering on mankind. When I finally went to sleep I would have nightmares about it all. Afraid that some flood/earthquake/tidal wave would wipe me off the planet (Didn’t cross my mind that I don’t live by any true body of water). I would eye Georgia Power and wonder if the whole place would blow up and kill us all (Again logic wasn’t a strong suit of mine at that age).
Now Japan has become a real life tragedy before all of our eyes. Then there is this sense of hopelessness as we watch it all. Knowing that in truth there is nothing we can do to stop it. Those brave souls are working to prevent another crisis. Even as the world predicts their doom.

I want to take this moment to offer my prayers to all those who are going through this right now. I want to let you know that whole world has you in their prayers, Japan. Even if it feels you are alone you aren’t. The whole world is holding it’s breathe and praying that you will overcome everything you have been through. Hold on to the hope and that strong will to survive that you have maintained through this all.

For everyone else please keep the people of Japan in your prayers as they work against all the odds that have been laid before them during this time.

R.I.P. To My Poor Laptop

I was all geared up for the A to Z challenage. I had my notes ready. I played with different ideas for the upcoming month. I was all set to go. Was biting at the bit if you will. Then something unthinkable happened. Something thast derailed it all. My computer contracted a virus that has my little laptop into nothing more than an oversized paperweight.

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It was sent to my yahoo account. The one that I now refuse to go into. The one way I have had to reach out to the world has been my little cellphone which can’t handle the graphics of a blog. Needless to say it’s been an awful setback. Computer games laptop graphic cards.

Thanks to the kindness of my son’s father I have limited acess to his computer. Something that I want to thank him for publicly. There have been a lot of things that have transpired that I am itching to share with everyone. So for the next couple of days I will be playing catach up.

Thank you all who had continued to follow me inspite there being no form of activity recently. I am so grateful you all hung in there with me and thank you so much for the comments. As for my beloved computer and all it’s contents? I am afraid to say that sadly it has seen a very sad end.