Charleston Family Court Judge Paul Garfinkel never can ask the child if the case drove him to desperation, but says, "In my mind there could be no other explanation."
A month later Garfinkel became chief judge for administrative purposes and called a meeting with the family court attorneys.
outlined how he
wants them to handle cases they bring into his
courtroom, and he
also pitched an idea.
Let's get these custody cases finished faster, he
calls the system, when it drags on for years as in the the 12-year-old boy's case, "legalized child abuse.
wanted to see these kids in permanent homes sooner and, beginning this summer, the judge should get what he