For most of the ten years that I’ve practiced criminal defense as a private attorney, about fifty percent of my practice would typically be juvenile delinquency cases. I had many opportunities to see the ways in which the juvenile court system ignores the law. I even had a hand in changing some of that—particularly when it came to the illegal shackling of juvenile clients.
Well, it appears that I may have discovered another way—and possibly even more alarming—that juvenile laws in the State of California are being ignored. And this one may have long-lasting effects on the lives of our children.