May 29th, 2008
05:13 PM ET

Texas Supreme Court: Polygamist sect children should be returned to parents.

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

Bloggers, wanted to update you on some breaking news in the Texas Supreme Court ruling on the FLDS case:

(CNN) In a 2-1 ruling that may clear the way for the return of more than 440 children to a polygamist sect's Texas ranch, the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday let stand a lower court's ruling that the state had no right to remove them."We are not inclined to disturb the court of appeals' decision," the ruling said. "On the record before us, removal of the children was not warranted." 

The court ruled in the case of 38 mothers who had appealed the removal of their 126 children, but attorneys in the case have said the reasoning behind court rulings can be applied to the removals of all the children from the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) Ranch in a raid beginning April 3.



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Filed under: Polygamy
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Angela Krieger, Virginia

    It is a failure of the legal system and humanity when children are being raped, married and brainwashed while the world watches.


    May 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  2. TC

    This is a victory for parental rights and religious freedom.

    May 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  3. Steve

    The Stench from the Bench overwhelms common sense.

    You people of America need to voice your opinion more often then not and quit allowing these incompetent judges to continue with their self promoted ideology.

    They think they are above Americans in intellect, but in reality they only display what a renegade justice system we the people have inherited.

    Time for change, time for new judges.

    May 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  4. sandy patterson

    here in Canada, All it takes is an aligation or phone call to the child social services of any kind of neglect, abuse, violation of a childs rights to bring in the child social services to investigate. They are compelled to follow up wether it is true or not. they have the power to make the right decisions in the interest of the child or children. polygamy is not legal here. we have mormons they stay to themselves, aside from British Columbia, Trust me, any kind of what is going on in the compound in United states, and it rises up in B.C. Social Services will go in, they have no power to keep them out. Thats why some Canadians went to the one inTexas, they know its not legal here. I feel for those children there, Social services Must keep following up on investigations there. I commend Cnn for keeping on this story. We call this Incest, and Rape. Please stay on this, til it is rectified.

    May 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  5. Nell Daniel (Georgia)

    Since polygamy is against the law why aren't the men in the LDS cult being arrested? They are the ones breaking the law and also the ones who are abusing these young girls who are taught to obey and not protest the abuse they are receiving. The girls and the children are innocent. The main focus should be on those who are committing the crime.

    May 29, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Jack

    Scary as this may seem to some people, I can understand the decision. The Texans took something for which they had no proof a law was broken, and broke several laws themselves. If a case truly exists, make it legally. If this is not done, it is because there is no case. Or if a case is not made legally, the backlash on appeals will destroy more than was gained.

    Are we a nation of laws?

    Or are we a nation of fears the bows to percieved public opinion?

    I believe we are a nation of laws, but that is true only as long as we foollow those laws.

    May 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Can't say I'm surprised about this ruling but I am disappointed for the children. I know they will be glad to be back with their parents but in the long run I'm afraid they will be the true losers.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    May 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm |
  8. nhwoman

    I can't believe that with all of the ills in the world that the government has focussed on this sect of polygamists. I don't believe in polygamy but this is clearly an attempt to heighten awareness that Mitt Romney is affiliated with a bizarre sect that believes in polygamy and abuses their children. There are millions of children abandoned on the streets of America and the govenment chooses to attack this sect that acutally loves their children. Give me a break the American people are not this stupid. You can barely find two people who will stay together long enough to raise their children to adulthood and we're victimizing people who believe that family and children are important. This is the height of "liberal" propaganda

    May 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  9. Marie Wye

    I heard that this sect has been receiving State Aid like welfare and food stamps for all the children and adults in the compound. I also heard that they are receiving assistance into the thousands. Why is that not an issue. If they can make all those babies, why are the adults not being held accountable and made to work and pay for all those kids. That's what I'm caring about. All the women need jobs and they should be allowed assistance for 36 months like everyone else. Somebody needs to be "fixed". They are a burden on society.

    May 29, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  10. Kathie,Ontario.Canada


    May 29, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  11. Lilibeth

    This is a sad development...

    May 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  12. deb in az

    isnt polygamy against the law? are these families on welfare.......well if the courts want these families to reunite i would cut them off welfare and now.......they seem to have a very nice compound that they live in. i would guess they can afford food and medical then..... but charges of welfare fraud and polygamy should be filed against these people and now........they all need some kind of therapy........a crazy minister, gay marriage and now polygamy........so what should we condone next?

    May 29, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  13. Patty - Detroit

    I have been reading "Stolen Innocence" by Elissa Wall (FLDS 14 year old bride) forced into marriage by Warren Jeffs. It gives disturbing detail on the brainwashing and rape of young women in FLDS. I just can't understand how these mothers refuse to interfere when their children are abused by the horrors of the FLDS men. Children must feel safe and when their own parents (the ones responsible to protect them) condone such behaviors it sickens me.

    May 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  14. Ann

    This is sick...whoever decided to give these children back...should have to send their children or grandchildren to this compound..and see if they think it would be okay. Probably not. And we wonder what is wrong with kids today...these poor kids are being brainwashed and abused...and this is according to women who escaped this place. Look at the women CNN has interviewed that their children were taken, they are mentally challenged. Why would a judge think they were competent enough to watch out for the welfare of their children? They don't think it's wrong for these older men to be with these 12 year old girls, for God's sake. They don't even have a thought of their own.

    May 29, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  15. CaseyJPS - California

    The sad part about this is the kids that will (no doubt) feel like they've done something wrong. Man, I wish this would end (in a good way).

    May 29, 2008 at 6:29 pm |

    The kids should be removed from such a place of HELL. No kids should have to undergo such sexual abuse from any older man. Some courts are not fair, but do to the fact Sexual Abuse in this case need to be over with. iF THE KIDS STAY IN THE CAMP THIS WILL REPEAT ITSELF OVER AND OVER, SEXUAL ABUSE.
    The kids would grow up not knowing what the real world is like. They need to grow up in a normal enviroment not a CAMP WITH SEXUAL ABUSE! This has to stop! The camp should be burt down! Where do these Women come from they are so call Brain/Dead/Brain Wash by these Men. Jeff should be locked up and the key put in the Mississippi River! What is this world coming to, men should not have but ONE WIFE/CHECK THE BIBLE...

    May 29, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  17. Jean V

    I'm horrified.


    I can't believe that those poor children are going to be handed back to that evil, sick cult for more brainwashing and abuse.

    Please, please, please Texas CPS, don't give up. Don't turn your back on them! Please!

    May 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Jackie Hamilton

    This is modern day slavery!!! All of the FLDS that are on any kind of state assistance should be CLOSELY monitored by their caseworkers to recieve their benfits. Also there may be fraud regarding paternity. Hopefully the State will use the evidence they have to go after these nuts in ways they can!!!

    May 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  19. Cindy

    I was pretty sure that the Texas Supreme Court would uphold the appeals court ruling. It makes sense to me since the state really had no evidence other than the phone call before they went into the compound. Guess they will be rethinking their strategy now! Next time they better have real evidence. Because really the state of Texas let these kids down by going in before they were ready.

    Now I wonder if and when the kids are given back can the state use the evidence of abuse found after they took the children to take the ones they found had been abused away again? Or is that evidence inadmissible because of how it was found? Maybe you all can clear that up for us!

    May 29, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  20. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Well, I guess when all is said and done, attention to the FLDS and their way of life increased. They were put under a microscope, and we saw some disturbing things. Hopefully now, they will have the police and courts dogging them day and night to prevent the abuse of the children, when or until they can have a case that sticks. I just hope the members, aren't allowed to go underground and flee the eyes of the system. All this for nothing, would be tragic.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    May 29, 2008 at 5:49 pm |