Thursday, May 22, 2008

Court sides with polygamist families

Breaking news in the Texas polygamy raid from the NYT:
A Texas state court of appeals ruled Thursday afternoon that the state of Texas had no right to seize more than 400 children from a polygamist ranch in Eldorado, in the western part of the state.

The ruling asserted that the state’s child protection agency not only acted hastily in removing the children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch in April but also failed to show that they were in immediate danger. According to the court, the state did not establish proper grounds to remove the children from their families, who belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or F.L.D.S. The F.L.D.S. broke off from the mainstream Mormon church after it had disavowed polygamy in 1890.

At news conference in San Angelo, the closest city to Eldorado, a lawyer for the sect said it was unclear when the families would be reunited, and that the team was reviewing the next legal steps in the process.

1 comment:

Guy Vestal said...

Good Call! If law enforcement did an illegal search and seizure, then that is too bad. Police should know better. It is their job to be on our side, and when they waver, they need to be set back on course.

We chose government over God, now it is time to be subject to it.