Defense lawyers were granted the right Wednesday to interview 53 children who were taken from the Ecclesia Athletic Assn. and placed in protective custody after an 8-year-old girl was beaten to death.
The Oregon Child Services Division had refused to allow the lawyers to question the children about the Oct. 14 death of Dayne Broussard, daughter of Los Angeles minister and Ecclesia founder Eldridge Broussard Jr.
But Clackamas County Circuit Judge John Lowe ruled that the lawyers were entitled to interview the children as they prepare the defense of four adult members of the Ecclesia community charged with killing the girl.
Child Services officials offered to give the lawyers transcripts of caseworker interviews with the children but had refused to let the attorneys question the children, saying it might further traumatize them.