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M.L.B. v. S.L.J.

United States Supreme Court
519 U.S. 102 (1996)


Facts

By order of a Mississippi Chancery Court, M.L.B.’s (plaintiff) parental rights to her two minor children were forever terminated. M.L.B. sought to appeal from the termination decree against S.L.J. (defendant), next friend of her two minor children, but Mississippi required that she pay in advance record preparation fees of $2,352.36. Because she lacked funds to pay the fees, her appeal was dismissed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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