New York Mother And Gay Teen Son Continue New York Supreme Court Battle
on: February 09, 2010, 2:30 am
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Rhonda Mangus and her 18 year old son Michael have been
battling with the legal system since 2005. Their conflict began then,
when Michael was 13, and had begun attending North Tonawanda High
School. Identified as gay, Michael was mercilessly bullied and
finally received a written death threat.
Thus began their saga: Mangus removed the teen from school attendance and with
involvement of the Niagara County Department of Social Service and the New York
State Office of Family and Child Services found herself placed in the state's data
base of offenders for "educational neglect".
This past winter, she failed to get the charge remanded by the New York Supreme
Court's Appellate Division.
Professional and legal guidance from Jay Paul Deratany, a high profile attorney in
Chicago, who is aiding Mangus on a pro bono basis, has given Mangus renewed
determination to keep fighting for justice. "It is a dream come true to have the
backing of a man of his caliber." she says.
Deratany has a strong record of political aspirations (running on the Democratic
ticket for Chicago offices), human rights advocacy, philanthropy, power legal
settlements - in the multi-millions - for his injury litigation (specializing in
children) , and even as a playwright: His play, 'Haram Iran', a human rights
theater piece, has made it on the Chicago and Los Angeles stages.
Now Mangus is seeking local counsel in Niagara County, NY, who will be able to work
in tandem with Deratany and his associate Nathan Polum.
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