There are countless legal issues surrounding the raid of the Yearning for Zion ranch near
One situation that was discussed last Friday in The Houston Chronicle is the apparent videotaped interrogations of some of the sect’s young women without the presence of an attorney.
Technically, the interviews were led by Child Protective Services and law enforcement just happened to be present as well. One of the legitimate roles of CPS is to investigate whether or not a crime has been committed, and then to alert law enforcement if needed. So, one certainly could argue that CPS was simply developing a case as allowed by
But, guess what? There’s a catch. Child Protective Services has been responsible for the children’s shelter and food since the raid and essentially has adopted the role of legal guardian. Therefore, a case can be made that all required parties were present after all.
It is unfortunate that so many children are at the center of the controversy, even if most parties involved have the best interest of these girls at heart. And, as it becomes more apparent every day, the courtroom battles are just beginning.