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Deep pockets files: Washington state settles for $6.55M



Six brothers, now ranging in age from 14 to 22 years old, sued Washington state, arguing that Child Protective Services should have done a better job of protecting them from abuse in their family home. The plaintiffs' lawyer describes some horrific abuse, but no adults have been charged with any crimes; still, the state has agreed to settle the lawsuit at taxpayer expense for $6.55 million. [Seattle Times via ABAJ] Leaving aside Washington's strange laws holding taxpayers accountable for criminal activity, one worries about further incentivizing Child Protective Services to be overaggressive in intervening in families.

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