- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A conservative law firm is reporting Tuesday evening that a court order has been signed to release a teenage girl from Massachusetts state custody.

Justina Pelletier, 16, should be free to return Wednesday to her home in West Hartford, Connecticut, said Matt Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Justina has been in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families since February 2013. State officials took charge of the ill teen when she received a new diagnosis from Boston Children’s Hospital and her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, refused to recognize the new diagnosis.

The parents protested publicly and a groundswell of support rose asking Massachusetts to “free Justina.”

Once political leaders got involved in the case, Justina was moved to a facility in Connecticut, to be closer to her family, and resume health care from her doctors at Tufts Medical Center.

On Tuesday evening, Boston Juvenile Court Judge Joseph F. Johnston signed the order releasing Justina to her parents, said Mr. Staver, who has been part of her legal team.

“We are thrilled that Justina will finally be returning home tomorrow,” he said. “The family looks forward to putting this 16-month nightmare behind them.”