Charges Dismissed Against Schwab & Taliaferro

Three days into the trial of former South Dakota state’s attorney Brandon Taliaferro and court appointed special advocate (CASA) Shirley Schwab, the judge in the case has dismissed all of the charges following the conclusion of the prosecution’s case.  The two had been charged with subordination of perjury and witness tampering, along with misdemeanor charges…

Changing Confidentiality Laws in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

In a previous post, I briefly discussed the prospect of changing some of South Dakota’s confidentiality laws regarding child abuse and neglect proceedings.  It has been a while, but here is the promised follow-up. First, a little background.  My discussion of South Dakota’s confidentiality laws stemmed from my writings regarding the Native Foster Care Series…

RSS Feed and Upcoming Topics

It has been quite some time since my last post, and I hope to be a bit more on the ball going forward.  I recently added the ability to follow my blog using an RSS feed, which can be done by clicking here, or on the RSS icon in the right sidebar.  Subscribing to the…

Governor’s Response to NPR Reports

I have obtained a copy of much of the information that the South Dakota Governor’s Office sent out to legislators and the media in response to the recent NPR reports on Native American Children in Foster Care.  There is a wealth of good and specific information, and all of these are recommended reading for anyone…