DCF Chief Gets Another Month To Defend Charges

Lucy Hadi
CLEARWATER -

Pinellas Court Judge Robert Morris has been appointed to take the place of Crocket Farnell, who recused himself from the case after saying DCF head Lucy Hadi should go to jail. Hadi faces contempt charges and $80,000 in fines for not getting medical help for mentally ill inmates.

After the hearing, assistant public defender Violet Assaid said DCF fails to use millions of dollars of money allocated to them.

ASSAID: They come in and they say they don't have any money, they can't get any money anywhere, they're doing the best they can do, and they let money sit there unused and go back to the legislature. That's not really a whole lot of help for a mentally ill person over at the jail, unmedicated, hurting themselves.

DCF lawyers argued state judges do not have jurisdiction. Hadi's arraignment has been pushed back to January 11th.

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