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Judge resigns and youth court shut down after baby is taken from mother over unpaid court fees

October 29th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Judge_resigns_and_youth_court_shut_down_after_baby_is_taken_from_mother_over_unpaid_court_fees/61449/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The Youth Court of Pearl, Mississippi has been shut down and its judge, John Shirley (also a Republican Party activist) has been forced to resign after widespread disapproval of his decision to bar a mother from seeing her 4-month-old baby for 14 months over her unpaid court fees.

The story began when the mother, who is African American, was passing through Pearl on a job-hunt. She was pulled over by local police, who found that she and the car's driver had outstanding warrants for misdemeanor offenses. She and the driver were arrested and the baby was declared "abandoned" by the arresting officer, despite the baby's grandmother arriving "within minutes" of the arrest.

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