Monday, March 7, 2005

Southern Poverty Law Center joins custody case of Hispanic mother ordered to learn English

The Tennessean reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national civil rights organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, has agreed to jointly represent the Hispanic mother who was ordered by Wilson County Juvenile Court Judge Barry Tatum to learn English or risk a custody hearing. Nashville Attorney Jerry Gonzalez already represents the mother.

"'She now has three attorneys representing her as well as the resources of a nationally recognized civil rights group behind her,' Gonzalez said. 'Not only are they experts in this field, they've also entered an application to pay for all costs. We will do everything humanly possible to protect her rights.'"

"Gonzalez said the SPLC legal team has been briefed on the case and filed a formal motion seeking permission to join the legal fight, which is required for out-of-state attorneys."

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