Commissioner Brooks Told to Stay Away from Juvenile Court

Commissioner Brooks Told to Stay Away from Juvenile Court

A woman who for fought years for major improvements at Memphis & Shelby County Juvenile Court is now being asked to stay away. The latest battle at Juvenile Court is a war of words between a county commissioner and court leaders.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A woman who for fought years for major improvements at Memphis & Shelby County Juvenile Court is now being asked to stay away. The latest battle at Juvenile Court is a war of words between a county commissioner and court leaders.

The court's judge is refusing to let Commissioner Henri Brooks come to court. She got a letter about it that stated she's impeding progress. Brooks says she's fighting for improvement.

The letter came from Larry Scroggs, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Counsel of the court.

"This whole letter, whole framing of issues, is out of order, unacceptable," Brooks said.

Scroggs stated, "The court deliberated on this for weeks… Commissioner Brooks' agenda was to constantly be disparaging the court."

Brooks pushed for an investigation into wrongdoing at the court. The Department of Justice investigated and found black and white kids were treated differently. The feds gave Juvenile Court a list of things which needed to be fixed.

The letter to Brooks says in addition to being disruptive, her votes and actions could prevent the court from meeting federal guidelines.

One of the guidelines was to have community monitors sit in on hearings. Brooks wanted to be a monitor, but the judge denied her request.

"I think there was a place for it. It's just in this particular situation," Scroggs said. "Court felt her presence, since she's now on campaign trail and running for office of Juvenile Court Clerk, would make it very difficult for court to continue to conduct business."

Brooks rebutted, "[The judge] is in denial about a number of things. It's weighty, it's heavy handedness and it's retaliation, and it's stepping over the bounds."

Court may allow community monitors in the future, but not now. Brooks says she plans to send a copy of the letter to the Justice Department.

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