Monday, September 26, 2005

"Learn English" judge disciplined

The Tennessean reports that Wilson County Juvenile Court Judge Barry Tatum has been disciplined as a result of his ordering Spanish-speaking mothers to learn English.

"Documents from the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary - which is charged with overseeing the conduct of the state's judges - show disciplinary action was taken against Judge Barry Tatum, but do not reveal the exact nature of the action because state law and the court's own rules forbid it."

"In one of the cases, Tatum told a teenage mother to learn English and use birth control. In a similar case, he ordered another Hispanic immigrant to learn English or face permanently losing custody of her 11-year-old daughter."

"A complaint was filed with the Court of the Judiciary by Nashville resident Alex Friedman."

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