From The Vindicator

A Trumbull County judge has refused to order Trumbull County Children Services to allow the public to attend the agency’s board meetings without a sign-in requirement.

Judge John M. Stuard of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court ruled that the cases and statutes presented to the court by attorneys give “no clear and convincing evidence to allow this court to issue the requested injunction.”

Patricia Paridon of Niles filed suit last year after the Oct. 18, 2011, Children Services board meeting at which she was refused entry because she refused to put her name on a sign-in sheet.

She and her attorney, David Engler, asked the court for an injunction requiring the agency to eliminate the sign-in requirement.

Paridon did sign her name under protest at the December meeting and was allowed to attend. She said she was not asked to sign her name at the August meeting. Paridon is among a group of people who have been publicly critical of the agency since last summer.

Engler said he will appeal the ruling because the Ohio Supreme Court “almost uniformly falls [on the side] on openness in its past decisions.”

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