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CASA Controversy Continues

As the CASA controversy continues the kids they are supposed to represent may be getting lost in the shuffle.  Thursday night, volunteers with CASA of East Texas met with some board members to get their questions answered.

In November, CASA director Reggie Durch was fired and two case supervisors were put on paid administrative leave. Within days, District Judge Carole Clark declared she would not allow CASA to represent children in her courtroom. However, Judge Clark did offer up 12 recommendations, that, if all fulfilled, would allow CASA back. The board refused to follow the complete list.

Last November they were banned from Judge Carole Clark's Smith County courtroom.  To volunteers that has meant, not being able to check on the abused and neglected children, that they represent.  But not everyone thinks the meeting answered their questions. Paula Cross, CASA volunteer says, "I am really concerned about the kids, and I have some issues that have not been resolved."

Betty Fiederlein of CASA volunteer says, "I don't know if we had all of the questions answered.  For me some of them may have gotten answered but we still have to wait for them to get things resloved for us."

And the big question of when will CASA be allowed back in Judge Clark's courtroom remains unanswered.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

 

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