Norm Pattis: Massachusetts Busybodies Kidnap A Conn. Teen

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


This latter prospect chills to the bone. Shouldn't the benefit of the doubt go to a child's parents? I no more trust the state to raise my children than I trust it to tell me what I can and cannot read. A world run by officious intermedders is an idiot's paradise.

I am hoping that the Pelletiers break the gag order in this case and take their case public. What would be the harm in doing so? They might be held in contempt? Massachusetts has already done a pretty good job of holding them in a contempt far more damning that a judge's ire. The Bay State has kidnapped their daughter, and is refusing them the right to talk about it.

Norm Pattis is a criminal defense lawyer and civil rights attorney in Bethany. Most days he blogs at

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    I wish Mr. Pattis could tell us how it is the Massachusetts Courts can justifying holding this child. The child was not a resident of this state, she was simply seeking care here.I have yet to meet the attorney who can explain what legal basis is being used to hold this child, a child from another state.This case is more troubling than Mr. Pattis makes it out to be. This appears to be a court that has no respect for our laws and the rights of our families. Determining which court has jurisdiction on a member of society is not all that complicated, however the judge in this case appears to be ignoring the facts, no wonder they want a gag order.

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