An Upstate New York judge has become the second to strike down as unconstitutional a state law barring persons with violent felonies on their criminal records from adopting children.

In so holding, Greene County Family Court Judge George J. Pulver Jr. said that the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), which became law in February 1999, violated the rights of three foster children to procedural due process in cases involving their custody and welfare.

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