The local superior court of Judge Barbara Walther, whose authorization of the illegal seizure of the FLDS children was overturned by the Appelate and Supreme Courts, now tries to impose restrictions on the mothers of the children before their children will be returned to them as ordered by the Texas Supreme Court. (Michelle Roberts, "Deal dashed; sect children stay behind," (AP story) The Press-Enterprise, Riverside California, May 31, 2008, A3. )
The TSC apparently did not prohibit some restrictions, but it is unlikely that the TSC intended to permit restrictions that undid their overturning of Judge Walther's initial findings and rulings. And that is what is happening. The mothers would, apparently, be required to agree not to leave Texas, to take "parenting" classes, and to permit visits by Child Protective Services. These restrictions basically give CPS supervision of the FLDS families, which is what, in effect, they were denied by the TSC.
To sign such agreements could be construed by the CPS as tacit admission of wrong-doing. But notice that the women being required to sign agreements of restrictions, in order to have their children returned, have not received individual hearings, no evidence of individual wrong-doing has been presented, no trials have occurred, and no juries have found against the FLDS mothers or fathers or children.
Since when, under the US Constitution, are citizens, who are presumed innocent before conviction by a jury, required to sign agreements that abrogate their rights as citizens to have and manage their families and raise their children, in order to have their illegally-seized children returned to them by the state?
This is the kind of "justice" one would expect in a politically controlled fascist state, not the United States of America. The families of FLDS are not being religiously persecuted; they are being politically persecuted--by hysterical political correctness--assumed guilty until proved innocent. This farce of "justice" by local hysteria must be stopped.