A New York Probate Lawyer said that, this is an appeal under 28 U.S.C. § 1257 (2) from a judgment of the Supreme Court of Arizona affirming the dismissal of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The petition sought the release of appellants’ 15-year-old son, who had been committed as a juvenile delinquent to the State Industrial School by the Juvenile Court of Gila County, Arizona. The Supreme Court of Arizona affirmed dismissal of the writ against various arguments which included an attack upon the constitutionality of the Arizona Juvenile Code because of its alleged denial of procedural due process rights to juveniles charged with being ‘delinquents. The court agreed that the constitutional guarantee of due process of law is applicable in such proceedings. It held that Arizona’s Juvenile Code is to be read as ‘impliedly’ implementing the ‘due process concept.’ It then proceeded to identify and describe ‘the particular elements which constitute due process in a juvenile hearing.’ It concluded that the proceedings ending in commitment of the 15-year-old son did not offend those requirements.
A New York Will Lawyer said that, on Monday, June 8, 1964, at about 10 a.m., the 15-year-old son and his friend were taken into custody by the Sheriff of Gila County. The 15-year-old son was then still subject to a six months’ probation order which had been entered on February 25, 1964, as a result of his having been in the company of another boy who had stolen a wallet from a lady’s purse. The police action on June 8 was taken as the result of a verbal complaint by a neighbor of the boys, about a telephone call made to her in which the caller or callers made lewd or indecent remarks. It will suffice for purposes of this opinion to say that the remarks or questions put to her were of the irritatingly offensive, adolescent, sex variety.
A Long Island Probate Lawyer said that, at the time the 15-year-old son was picked up, his mother and father were both at work. No notice that he was being taken into custody was left at the home. No other steps were taken to advise them that their son had, in effect, been arrested. He was taken to the Children’s Detention Home. When his mother arrived home at about 6 o’clock, he was not there. His older brother was sent to look for him at the trailer home of his friend’s family. He apparently learned then that he was in custody. He so informed his mother. The two of them went to the Detention Home. The deputy probation officer, who was also superintendent of the Detention Home, told the mother was there’ and said that a hearing would be held in Juvenile Court at 3 o’clock the following day, June 9.