On January 4th, 2016, Judge Stephen Trott emphatically rejected Orange County social workers’ argument that the law was unclear whether they could lie to a judge, saying:
"No official with an IQ greater than room temperature in Alaska could
claim that he or she did not know that the conduct at the center of this
case violated both state and federal law."
The rebuke, included in the decision of Preslie Hardwick v. Orange County, will hopefully send a message to all social workers in all counties within the 9th Circuit that the days of escaping liability on loopholes and technicalities are over. Lie to a judge and get sued.
Preslie Hardwick was represented at oral argument by Dennis Ingols and Robert Powell.