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Judge Shelton

THE COURT had ordered the subject children’s placement with a foster mother under the supervision of the Association to Benefit Children (ABC). The foster mother was subsequently arraigned on charges that she illegally disposed of the body of a girl placed in her care. At an inquiry into whether the court was misled in its placement of the subject children, the ABC moved for the court’s recusal, alleging that the court had made disparaging remarks as to its credibility and suggested that it was more concerned with protecting itself. The court denied recusal noting that the ABC’s allegations of bias were based on inadmissible hearsay. In rebuffing the Legal Aid Society’s recusal request, it wrote that “[o]ne would think that the agencies which publicize their efforts on behalf of children at risk would be loathe to criticize anyone, let alone a court, for an ‘unflagging insistence’ in determining the facts and an interest in the ‘minutest details’ of child welfare.”

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