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CASA Back In Judge Clark's Courtroom

It's official, CASA volunteers and staff are welcomed back in to Judge Carole Clark's courtroom. CASA represents abused and neglected children in local courtrooms. Their services save Smith County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Yesterday, a large percentage of the CASA board resigned. That was one of the 12 requirements issued by Judge Clark for her to hear their cases.

Judge Carole Clark, 321st District Court, Smith County says, "It means, CASA is functioning in the court.  I'm relieved and happy for the children, this will be a continuation of service to the children."

"The only purpose for the things that have happened in the last few days is to serve kids and that's what we need to be doing.  We are delighted that we will once again be able to do that," says Tracy Crawford, Chairman of CASA For Kids of East Texas.

The two case supervisors that were placed on paid administrative leave and later let go, will resume work on Wednesday.  Judge Clark is expected to begin hearing CASA cases a week from Thursday.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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