Contempt Charges Filed Against Father Of 15-Year Old Daughter Held Captive In Massachusetts Hospital

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Excerpted from THE BLAZE: The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) filed for Lou Pelletier — the father of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier who is the center of a controversy and legal battle involving custody, parents’ rights and two medical diagnoses — to be held in contempt of court, a family source told TheBlaze.

When Pelletier spoke with TheBlaze this week about Justina and the controversy regarding her diagnosis that led custody to be taken away from her parents for the last year, he broke a gag order issued by a Massachusetts judge.  

The source, who asked to remain anonymous fearing further legal repercussions, said Tuesday the state’s DCF filed that Pelletier be held in contempt of court for breaking the order, using stories on TheBlaze and one that appeared last week in the New York Daily News as evidence.

Pelletier admitted to TheBlaze earlier this week that he wasn’t sure if his speaking out would help his family or hurt it.

“Should I even be doing what I’m doing today?” Lou told TheBlaze Monday. “You’re scared. If I do this, is it going to make it worse for Justina? Is it going to make it better?”

“I need to save my daughter. It’s not this court house. It’s not the state of Massachusetts,” he said at another point in our interview. “If we don’t do something, she is going to die.”The injunction preventing the Pelletiers from talking publicly about their daughter in the context of the case was issued on Nov. 7, 2013, according to WTIC-TV. The gag order was issued after the media investigation by WTIC’s Beau Berman.

Going against a gag order, if found in contempt of a court order, could be considered either civil or criminal. Civil contempt of court would involve a failure to obey a court order. Criminal contempt of court is often issued as punishment to prevent future acts of contempt. Keep Reading

4 thoughts on “Contempt Charges Filed Against Father Of 15-Year Old Daughter Held Captive In Massachusetts Hospital

  1. The Court cannot Force the Kid to do anything..they do not have the ability or the will to go against a kids wishes..
    If she is of sound mind, she can tell the CPS to go bag it

  2. …eff’ their Gag-Order…I’d be standing on the top of the building waving a flag..and I’d let the Judge know in court that I and “my friends” know where she lives…knows how many kids he or she has..and where they are located…and if my kid died because of their interference..well…screw this corrupt system and it’s “contempt order”…

    …probably the only “accurate” pronouncement the judge has made….I would be in “contempt”…and I’d have my “friends” outside of that Judges house 24/7 protesting that “The State” had overstepped it’s bounds…and I really hope I could keep my “friends” under control…eh?

    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves – The Life of an Insane Family

  3. I don’t believe anything about this story. It rests on the investigation done by a reporter named Beau Berman who also just happened to be one of the first reporters at Sandy Hook & whose reports from that scene did nothing but confirm the “official” story.
    Then this is a Boston hospital. Boston, again.
    And where are the hundreds of employees that work at this hospital. Have any of them actually ever seen this family?
    Anonymous sources. Gag orders.
    I expect to see this “fake” family asking for donations soon to cover her medical bills.

    1. Don’t be so sure. This isn’t the first article I’ve seen on this situation.

      I’ve seen at least a couple others in past months.

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