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Monday, June 25, 2007

Torture: The State Fails a Young Girl

"It took 10 years for the state of Washington to decide Chornice Lewis was an unfit foster mother. ... State records show the girl was abused for years: beaten, burned, locked in a storage closet and a car trunk, and partially blinded with hypodermic needles. ... Hundreds of pages of investigative files show teachers, neighbors and police officers repeatedly warned foster care workers about the girl's suspicious injuries and her dubious denials of mistreatment."

How did you and thousands of other citizens learn about this horrible tragedy? "State records show" means the Public Records Act. "Hundreds of pages of investigative files" also means the Public Records Act. Running this story, which was made possible by access to public records, will hopefully change things for other kids and help us keep our government accountable.