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April 18th, 2008
02:21 PM ET

Dispatch from the FLDS hearing: On the stand

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Ismael Estrada
CNN Supervising Producer

Still on the stand: Dr. Bruce Perry...the State is asking the questions

*Says his role in this was AFTER the raid, his office was contacted by CPS because of his role in secondary trauma.

*Perry says that the decision to keep children with mothers was a respectful thing to do, because of the world that these children lived in was isolated. Perry Thought it was a reasonable and flexible thing to do.

*He says that he would not be surprised if the family would cooperate to a point, and NOT talk about many things. He says that children who live in an insulated environment would be very slow in offering information. He says that he felt that the mental health team needed to spend time with the children.

*Perry says that young children are not mature enough to enter into a sexual relationship or a marriage.

*Perry says that the women were very loving with their children....

*Disobedience, as Perry learned from the children, would lead to eternal damnation. That compliance is part of their honoring God.

*Perry believes that they are given some opportunities to make some independent choices, he says that a child didn’t have to get married, but she knows that’s the way to go to Zion...

*Perry says that children are not given the opportunity to learn how to make independent choices.

*In his experience with children where there is an authoritarian, their ability to think independently develops slowly...They tend to be LESS mature than their chronological ages appear to be.

*Perry says he would give the young women a choice to do something, giving them a choice, but even for simple choices they wouldn’t be able to decide.

*The defense attorney's are NOW arguing that Dr. Perry has very little knowledge of this group, the FLDS.

NEXT up...Cross examination of Dr. Perry...


Filed under: FLDS court hearing • Ismael Estrada • Polygamy
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Roger

    Rita, I could not have said it any better! Thank you.

    April 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  2. KarenD

    Kari wrote, "The law states that you are only allowed to be married to one person at a time and if you are found to be guilty of Polygamy don’t you face criminal charges up to and including jail time??"

    There are three aspects to marriage; legal, religious, and social.

    Multiple legal marriages are considered bigamy and are generally illegal.

    Multiple social or religious marriages are generally considered polygamy. There is no federal laws against polygamy and state laws vary a great deal. In some states it is technically permissable, in others it is not.

    April 19, 2008 at 11:45 am |
  3. july rose

    How can the children go back to the compound, I thought it is illegal to live a poligamist life. Why are these people out of jail? The children should not go back to that place, i mean all of the children. The babies are not safe there, what if the boss tells them to commit sucide, then it will be too late. Keep up the great work. July

    April 19, 2008 at 1:15 am |
  4. Cathy

    I think they should have hauled the men out of there, and left the women and their children in their homes. I am sure the mothers and children are all grieving over being separated. What a mess.

    April 19, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  5. Rita, Oklahoma

    I believe in freedom of religion.
    I believe that forced sex of any kind is a crime at any age.
    I believe the State of Texas performed its own criminal act when it traumatized 130 children under the age of 4 (who were clearly in no immediate danger) by using military-type action to rip them away from their homes. This could have been handled a WHOLE lot better. For one thing, they could have made it easier on EVERYONE by first removing only females between say 12 and 18, and taken the process step by step to free them and give them new lives, while avoiding overwhelming the courts and turning the event into a circus of chaos. The terror and confusion those toddlers and other younger children must be experiencing is heartbreaking, and it was totally unnecessary. They were fine and happy for the moment, and now they've probably been damaged for life. And they were far better off where they were than they're ever going to be in foster care.

    April 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
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