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Circuit Court: San Francisco and Settlement Agreement

circuit court: The government argued that authorities weren't required to provide specific accommodations, such as soap, under the settlement's requirement that facilities be safe and sanitary and asked the panel to weigh in, according to CTV. The appellate judges disagreed. A three-judge panel for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco tossed out the U.S. government's challenge to a lower court's findings that authorities had failed to provide safe and sanitary conditions for the children in line with a 1997 settlement agreement. Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children's safety, the panel wrote. Requiring these items, the government said, would be a change in the agreement. The ruling followed a June hearing where a U.S. government lawyer said the agreement was vague and might not require that a toothbrush and soap be provided to children during brief stays in custody. ( As reported in the news.