FLDS lawyers pan custody rules
By Terri Langford and Lisa Sandberg: Express-News
“This plan is so vague and so broad my client has no idea what she's to do now,” said Donna Guion, attorney for Sharon Barlow, one of the many wives of imprisoned Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs.
Barlow's son is one of 10 children in CPS custody belonging to Jeffs, who was convicted in Utah as an accomplice to rape for forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry a 19-year-old.
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Since last week, CPS officials have begun publicly stressing that reuniting the children with their parents is the ultimate goal in this case, just as it is in every abuse case.
Several parents refused to sign the plan.
In state District Judge Ben Woodward's courtroom, the questions came fast and furious at CPS supervisor Karrie Emerson from several attorneys representing the six children belonging to parents Sarah and James Jessop.
Emerson seemed unfazed when confronted with the fact that the Jessops' six children were spread out among foster homes in four different parts of Texas: Waco, Houston, Liverpool and Amarillo.
Attorneys asked Emerson why home-schooling, something perfectly legal in the state, would be listed as a reason for CPS involvement. Emerson did not have an answer.