Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
The Texas judge who sparked national outrage earlier this month when he was seen on video beating his then-16-year-old daughter has been suspended with pay while authorities continue their investigation, the Texas Supreme Court has announced.

Meanwhile, a ruling is expected today on whether Judge William Adams can continue to have "unsupervised visits with his 10-year-old daughter," the Corpus Christi Caller reports. The judge and his wife divorced in 2007 and have had joint custody of their younger child.

And there's also word from KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi that an attorney is charging that the Aransas County Court-at-Law judge "created nonexistent law" and "fraudulent corrupt orders" while presiding over a child custody case.

SCRANTON - A group of parents demonstrating on Courthouse Square Friday morning across from the Lackawanna County Administration Building at 200 Adams Ave., Scranton, said they feel the county's family court and guardian ad litem are the focus of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts defines a guardian ad litem as a "person appointed by a court to look after interests of a minor or incapacitated person involved in legal proceedings."

But parents holding signs suggesting county officials "Toss Ross" and handing out literature about the county's guardian ad litem system said that was not the case.

Allegations of child sexual abuse by a former assistant football coach at Penn State University have dominated the news this week. On Wednesday legendary football coach Joe Paterno released a statement in which he said, "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." How lame is that, coach?

Would you have accepted that excuse from one of your players? "With the benefit of hindsight, coach, I wish I had run the route we rehearsed a thousand times in practice." See how stupid that sounds? It doesn't take "hindsight" to know that when some monster is raping children in your locker room, you call the police.

dept_health_human_servicesFor years I have been telling people that the best way to fight the system is to make it more expensive for them to fight you than to give in to your demands. Those wonderful folks "protecting children" at the Department of Health and Human Services think they are above the law — and many operate their agencies like they are living in the Wild Wild West. Anything goes.

While you might feel helpless, you actually have much more power than you realize. I always begin my fight with prayer, asking God to guide me, give me wisdom, understanding and any other specifics on my current circumstance. God won't fight our fight for us, but God sure makes a tremendous ally.

sleepyboyEx West Virginia caseworker calls for system reform.

Hello, My name is Elise Stewart I use to be a CPS worker and then Supervisor in West Virginia. Since leaving the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (WVDHHR) several years ago, I have had a couple experiences with them that I am currently suing them over.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (right) made the right decision to open up Family Court.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman must ensure access

On June 18, 1997, New York Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman issued an order that began with these words: "The Family Court is open to the public."

And so ended 35 years of secrecy as the doors of the court that handles juvenile crime, decides child custody and oversees foster care placements, among many other critical duties, officially swung open.

Kaye and Lippman went with sunlight after the Daily News vigorously fought for access — arguing, correctly, that the state Constitution grants all New Yorkers the right to observe all their courts in action.

Granny is blogging on the topic of her grandchildren.

Kentucky's Family Court Judges, practices, and procedures, as well as the child welfare system are coming under scrutiny.  However, the scrutiny is not just at home, but now nationwide.  Here are links to blogs outside of the Commonwealth which do not put our system in the best light.  Whether the result is correct or not, I rest with you.  However, sometimes you must see yourself in the eyes of others to more fully put it in perspective.

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