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One of the biggest roles of the State Department of Children and Family Services is to protect children from abuse and neglect. But a six-month review of the agency by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purperai indicates that DCFS could be doing a much better job.

Purpera looked at the department's practices from 2009 to 2013. During that time, DCFS responded to more than 130,000 cases. Purpera says DCFS did not always follow its own policies when responding to reports of alleged abuse and in making referrals to programs.

Published in Baton Rouge News

A newly-released audit is raising concern over how the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) classifies abuse cases.

The report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor shows 2,600 abuse cases that should have been referred to authorities were instead sent to a lower-risk program.

It also indicates the number of caseworkers has been reduced, which has increased the caseload for those that remain.

Click here for a summary breakdown of the findings

Published in Baton Rouge News

Four of the five Shreveport firefighters accused of abuse will appeal their termination before Shreveport's Civil Service Board in October.

The board was scheduled to hear the appeals of termination for Billy Glass, Derrick Harris, Jason Vaughn, and Clint Richardson today, but that was postponed.

After allegations of abuse at Shreveport Fire Station 8, the firefighters were arrested.

Published in Shreveport News

Dec. 13, 2011: In this file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives with his wife, Dottie Sandusky, for a preliminary hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.AP

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction will not be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, under an order issued Wednesday.

Sandusky asked the court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and that prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify.

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Judge to Chris Brown: Go to jail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:46

A judge has denied rapper Chris Brown's plea to be sent to another rehab program and instead ordered him to jail.

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CARLISLE, Pa. – One of two defense lawyers who represented former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at his child sex abuse trial has voluntarily surrendered his license to practice law in Pennsylvania. The move comes amid an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of client funds.

The Cumberland County Bar Association said Thursday that Karl Rominger had surrendered his license. It says the effective date of that surrender will be determined by the state Supreme Court.

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