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Durham Parents, Guardians File Lawsuit Against Gov. Easley, Chief Justice Lake

Posted May 13, 2003

— Some critics say there is trouble with the juvenile justice system in North Carolina, and at least one group is blaming the governor and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, saying they are not doing enough to care for troubled kids.

The guardians and parents of six troubled children in North Carolina filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Gov. Mike Easley and Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake. The group alleges the children have been harmed by the state's failure to provide needed services for their children.

The group is upset over the performance of the state's advisory council on juvenile justice and deliquency prevention. The lawsuit alleges the council, among other things, met for only two hours in more than two years.

The group says they are not seeking money, but they want public officials to do their jobs.

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