Deeply, deeply troubling. Rifqa Bary's legal team continues to work against her. The teenage Christian convert out of Islam who fled the death threats of her father has been saddled with the inept, self-promoting, failed legal strategy of John Stemberger.
From the beginning of her court case, Stemberger ignored experts in the field. He refused to enter into evidence the motive behind the death threats and her fears -- apostasy and its punishment under sharia (Islamic law). He made pie in the sky promises, none of which came true.
Rifqa is still without immigration status (the whole objective of the failed legal team), and the clock is ticking. Stemberger has refused to allow Rifqa to talk to anyone who objects to his failed legal strategy. Even at her sickest, Stemberger refused to allow her visits from certain friends.
Rifqa traded one master for another, one control freak for another. Who will be her health proxy? Where will she go in August once she is 18? She could have been in college on scholarship in the fall, but her lawyers dropped the ball on that too. More on that later.
Read this and weep.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A lawyer has pleaded not guilty to charges she illegally disclosed confidential information regarding a teenage girl who converted to Christianity and ran away from her Ohio home.
Attorney Angela Lloyd entered the pleas Tuesday in Franklin County juvenile court after a magistrate approved bringing two misdemeanor charges.
Lloyd is accused of placing confidential child welfare reports into the public file of 17-year-old client Rifqa Bary (RIHF'-kuh BAYR'-ee), making them accessible to the media.
Bary fled central Ohio last year to stay with an Orlando, Fla., minister. She said she'd be harmed for converting from Islam. She has returned to Ohio, where her parents deny allegations she would've been hurt.
Lloyd's attorney, Jefferson Liston, says he doesn't believe Lloyd broke the law.