Texas, FLDS, and What's Best for the Children

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The April 3rd raid on the Yearning for Zion ranch in West Texas made big headlines. Texas authorities stormed the polygamist sect ranch, and scooped up more than 460 children after a caller claimed she was a 16-year-old girl being sexually abused there by a 49-year-old "spiritual husband."

Officials soon announced that 31 of 53 girls scooped up were pregnant, had children, or both.

Now it emerges that the phone tip may have been a hoax, and some of those "girls" were actually adults. But Texas is standing firm.

This hour, On Point: inside the huge polygamy child abuse case in Texas.Guests:

Wade Goodwyn, Dallas-based correspondent for NPR who has been covering the story.

Laura Shockley, attorney representing several of the children taken from the polygamist sect in western Texas and now in state custody.

Mark Shurtleff, Attorney General of Utah since 2001.

Marci Hamilton, professor of law at the Yeshiva University's Cardoza School of Law in New York and an expert on church and state issues.

This program aired on May 21, 2008.


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