Category Archives: Federal Lawsuits

Federal magistrate allows wrongful death lawsuit against law firm, court insider concerning teen’s suicide to proceed, Juliette Fairley, St. Louis Record

By Juliette Fairley, Aug 2, 2022

A federal judge is allowing a wrongful death lawsuit against a court-appointed guardian ad litem concerning a teen’s suicide to proceed.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni denied a motion to dismiss in Cynthia Haynes v. Williams as to sexual assault and battery against defendant Charles Haynes and allegations of acting outside the scope of GAL duties against defendant Jennifer Williams and Spain, Miller, Galloway & Lee, a Poplar Bluff law firm that formerly employed Williams.

“If we can prove it and if the case survives, it will set the precedent that when a guardian ad litem violates criminal statute in performing their duties, a guardian ad litem will not be given immunity,” said Evita Tolu who is representing Cynthia Haynes. 

Link to article: https://stlrecord.com/stories/629709729-federal-magistrate-allows-wrongful-death-lawsuit-against-law-firm-court-insider-concerning-teen-s-suicide-to-proceed?fbclid=IwAR2Cn3EzkMgHSS20c84fr0dYmlYeKMwNsonPAm9Yb3hbuBd4uIKonXlKorE

Federal Judge Denies Family Court Judge Immunity, West Virginia Record

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number 5:21-cv-00181 (West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals case number 20-0472)

By Chris Dickerson

Jul 14, 2022

BECKLEY – A federal judge has issued an order denying a Raleigh County family court judge’s claim of judicial immunity in a case where she searched a man’s home following a post-divorce contempt hearing.

In his July 13 order, U.S. District Judge Frank Volk also ordered the jury trial in the case will begin as scheduled July 19. As Volk noted in his order, the state Supreme Court already found Goldston’s conduct to be in violation of the law. She was fined $1,000 and censured. https://wvrecord.com/stories/628701826-federal-judge-denies-family-court-judge-s-claim-of-judicial-immunity