I am sitting in the very back of a very crowded courtroom in Texas. On my left, there are maybe 50 men and women from the YFZ Ranch. Women outnumber the men about 2 to 1. They are all represented by about a dozen attorneys.
On my right there are more than 70 attorneys appointed to represent the children removed from the gated compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).
The biggest piece of evidence presented by the state so far–a list of 10 women who were either married or pregnant before they were 17 - that is, before the age of consent in Texas.
This hearing is the slowest moving court procedure I have ever witnessed. You can't have this many attorneys in one room without someone objecting or commenting.
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