Masha Allen Update: “Irreconcilable Differences” Delay Justice

Last fall we published a definitive statement on Masha Allen’s pending wrongful adoption litigation, publicly expressing a long-held concern that “a traumatized, abused and exploited child like Masha needs a competent and independent decision maker to protect her legal rights and guard her pecuniary well being.”

Now Masha’s third attorney in three years, high-powered litigator Robert N. Hunn, is withdrawing from representing her citing “Irreconcilable differences” with Masha’s mother Faith Allen. According to Hunn, “the irreconcilable differences have made it impossible for [my firm] to continue as counsel for the plaintiff. . . . The differences have not resolved but have worsened since . . . January 30, 2009.”

Hunn, who extols his experience “representing victims in a wide variety of . . . complex tort litigation” is asking the federal district court in New Jersey to relieve him of all responsibility for the case he filed on September 15, 2008, forcing sixteen year old Masha to find new counsel within 60 days.

Masha Allen first came to international attention over four years ago. Concern for her well-being has echoed around the world from Vladimir Putin to John Kerry to Oprah and Nancy Grace.
Her past and present circumstances are well-known to judges and government officials in Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey and Washington, DC.

Tragically, no one can muster any outrage that justice delayed is justice denied and that the “irreconcilable differences” reverberate far beyond mere words on paper.

Thanks to Niels at Pound Pup Legacy for his continued coverage of this case.

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About James R. Marsh

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and its acclaimed Child Advocacy Law Clinic, James represents victims of sex abuse in schools, colleges, churches, foster care, and government and military institutions; online sexual exploitation; sexting; child pornography; child trafficking; sextortion; and revenge porn. He is an experienced trial attorney and frequent commentator and author on legal issues affecting children. James founded the nationally recognized Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC and currently serve as co-chair of its emeritus board.

3 thoughts on “Masha Allen Update: “Irreconcilable Differences” Delay Justice

  1. James R. Marsh

    No Bob, actually “groovy” would date you! “Right on” seems about right. Unfortunately this situation is neither groovy nor right on.


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