Justice in Buffalo

The
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> FRIDAY,
> SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
> MAKE US
> YOUR HOMEPAGE!
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> Buffalo
> NY (AP) - A seven-year old boy was at the
> center of an Erie County courtroom drama yesterday when he
> challenged a court ruling over who should have
> custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and
> the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping
> with child custody law and regulation requiring that family
> unity be maintained to the highest degree possible…
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> The boy surprised the court when he
> proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his
> parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the
> judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and
> said that they also beat him.
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> After considering the remainder of
> the immediate family and learning that domestic
> violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the
> unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have
> custody of him.
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> After two recesses to check legal
> references and confer with the child welfare officials, the
> judge granted temporary custody to the Buffalo Bills, whom
> the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating
> anyone.
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