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University of South Carolina

Feds find bias in St. Louis County Family Court

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. The St. Louis County Family Court deprives juveniles of constitutional rights, is rife with conflicts of interest and treats black youths more harshly than whites, according to accusations made public Friday by the Department of Justice. The agency will seek a mutual agreement to resolve the violations, but otherwise could litigate. The action is similar but unrelated to a different Justice Department report issued in March that was highly critical of police and municipal court practices in Ferguson. In this case, the Civil Rights Division complains that juveniles do not get adequate legal representation, are held without proper determination of probable cause and may...