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CBS News profiling FLDS in Eldorado

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Watch, if you can bear it.

Meanwhile, the FLDS has gone on a propaganda rampage.
Texas authorities today appealed -- again -- a ruling ordering the return of children to the compound (children at risk of sexual abuse) because once they have the children in hand, the FLDS "families" have nothing tying them to Texas.

Flight risk? Ya think?

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Submitted by bringiton on

You read my mind. Thought maybe you were busy, and started in on an FLDS update piece. I'll append it here if that's OK. I'm starting to really like Judge Walther.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

on the other hand, it is nice to know that CBS is still capable in doing news.

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Submitted by Sarah on

the more information comes out, the better the odds the next town that never heard of these creeps won't suffer an invasion.

And yeah, I'm kinda likin' Her Honor myself.

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

Of course some of the families would take the option of leaving and some would vanish into the other "ranches" in other states and even Canada. Lying--not giving names correctly and not telling about who the parents are--is not taken as a sign of honesty and reliability in other cases, and shouldn't be here.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Much reporting here at Corrente by Sarah and others on the FLDS, and the general horrors of the way in which they practice polygamy. Child rape, interstate transportation of underage girls for the purposes of child rape, conspiracy to facilitate child rape, welfare fraud, child labor law violations, child abuse by abandonment, tax fraud…well, I could go on, but you get the picture; all of those are part and parcel of the FLDS religion. These practices are integral to how they live.

The children of the FLDS are the innocent victims, and recently a Texas court removed some 400-odd children from parental custody. An appellate court found that the district court judge had not established sufficient cause for the removal. An appeal of that ruling has been made by the state to the Texas Supreme Court, but meanwhile the original district court judge has resumed hearings. The Appellate Court wants more thoroughness? Here it comes.

Texas 51st District Judge Barbara Walther started hearings on individual children last Friday, vowing to hold full adversarial procedures regardless of the cost or consequence. Judge Walther, who before being elected was a court Special Master hearing nothing but family court cases and knows the law like the back of her hand, systematically rejected FLDS attorney challenges based on the appeals court ruling and issues of evidentiary exclusion.

The current hearing is in regard to the custody of an infant girl, the daughter of FLDS members. The infant’s mother, Louisa Bradford, was evasive and contradictory in her testimony but did concede that former FLDS Prophet and convicted felon Warren Jeffs had been at the YFZ compound while he was on the run and evading arrest for facilitating child rape. Watchers of the FLDS had speculated that Jeffs was using the YFZ compound as a part-time hideout, considered likely because the FLDS at YFZ are his hand-picked elite and most loyal disciples.

The infant’s father, Rulon Daniel Jessop, testified that he has no problem with his children being around and openly exposed to older men associating with underage child “brides,” including seeing them in close physical contact and deeply kissing. “Everyone has their free agency," he stated; "It seemed a little wild to me, but you see a lot more wild things driving down the streets of the city at night. I do not consider a girl kissing a man sexual abuse."

Just everyday living with the FLDS at the YFZ compound according to Jessup even, if the underage girl who has been “spiritually married” to a man 40 years her senior is his little sister. He identified the young girl shown in the pictures below as his sister Merrianne. The photos introduced into evidence are among several showing Jeffs embracing underage girls that were distributed throughout the FLDS community, as announcements celebrating their “spiritual” marriages.

Take a look, and guess her age:

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Twelve years old.

Repeat; T - W - E - L - V - E twelve years old.

Date of birth, from her birth certificate: July 3, 1994; date on the photo: July 27, 2006.

Twelve. Years. Old.

Judge Walther is going to pound this into the ground, however much it costs the state and whatever testimony has to be given. She tried to keep it simple and quick, and tried to spare young women like the girl in these photos from public scrutiny and shame, but that was not to be. The appeals by the FLDS have forced her hand, and now the full horror of what has been going on in that compound will be spread out for all the world to see.

The adults of YFZ knowingly harbored a fugitive from justice, allowed their children to constantly be in close physical proximity to child rapists, failed to report the repeated rapes and abuses and in doing so facilitated the continued commission of those crimes, and kept their children in an environment where they were chronically desensitized to child abuse and rape - grooming them for the day when they too would be victimized.

There will be plenty of due process here, and plenty of evidence, and that’s a good thing. I’m a solid supporter and absolute advocate of due process.

Now, where’d I put that rope? Or maybe what I want instead is a Smoking Gun.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

thanks for that post of those pictures. I am really sorry that it will be necessary for a full public airing, but nothing short of that will put a stop to the crime and it may have value as to waking up the general public to the dangers of theocracy.

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Submitted by Sarah on

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

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Submitted by bringiton on

nice tight weave, boiled and stretched. The same 30-foot length can be used over and over again.

Sold in 600-foot coils, for really big jobs.