April 18th, 2008
05:40 PM ET

FLDS Hearing: Color coding the children of polygamy

David Mattingly
360° Correspondent

The custody hearing for 416 FLDS children has come down to color... that is, color-CODING.

To help the court handle so many the cases, the hundreds of attorneys representing the children are divided into color-coded groups based on the age and gender of the child.

Each color group is meeting, choosing a leader, and preparing to tell the judge if they believe their client(s) should be returned to their parents.

We are still waiting to see if any of the parents will take the stand–that might happen tonight. I'm told that testimiony from parents is unusual in normal hearing.

But nothing about this case is normal.

Here are the color codes:

Pink is birth to 4 years old
Purple is girls 5 to 11 years old.
Orange is teen age mothers
Green is 12 to 18 girls who don't have children but some of them ARE pregnant.


Blue is boys birth to 4
Grey is Boys 5 to 11
Brown Boys 12 to 18
And then special needs are black-for example down syndrome

Blue is boys birth to 4

Filed under: David Mattingly • FLDS court hearing • Polygamy
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Ruby Coria, LA., CA.

    David, I can't seem to grasp how all this is going to work out? When religon is involed it's a sticky subject, just like politics. People do some of the wall stuff in the name of God.

    April 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  2. Sarah, Atlanta GA

    I think it is wrong that the special needs children are given the color black. It;s such a negatuve color. Why couldn't they be given a happy color like white, or yellow or turqoiuse???

    April 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  3. Jay FL

    I am curious to see if 'representatives' are biased toward the sect. While maybe not FLDS, there can be other reasons to lean toward the sect in their loyalties. It wouldn't be the first time a client, especially a child, has been 'mis'-represented.

    April 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm |