Congratulations to Thomas Goldman on Juvenile Dependency (Child Abuse and Neglect) Trial Win

Mr. Goldman represented a father in Juvenile Court.  DHS had initiated this case in juvenile dependency – this is where the government wants to have power over a family’s children due to allegations of abuse or neglect.  In this case the issue at the trial was whether the government should have power over kids (and thus the father Mr. Goldman represented) because the father smoked marijuana.  Although Oregon law no longer criminally punishes recreational use or possession of marijuana, the government can still argue that a person who uses marijuana shouldn’t care for a child.  At trial, Mr. Goldman stressed the lack of any harm to the children.  The phrase in court is that there was “no nexus” between the father’s consumption of marijuana and any identified harm to the children.  The judge agreed!