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Alabama Court Rules Against Psychologist at DYS Site

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled
against a psychologist whose license was suspended over his
handling of a "Scared Straight" program that shackled and held
children visiting a state juvenile detention center.

The court's 5-0 ruling Friday found that a circuit judge erred
in reversing examiners who suspended Leroy Richardson's license.

The court said the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology
properly reviewed and acted in Richardson's case. It sent the case
back to circuit court for further review of other arguments by
Richardson.

The psychologist contended the "Scared Straight" program at
the Department of Youth Service's Vacca campus at Birmingham did
not amount to psychological services and was not subject to board
review.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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