Well, folks. The Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has decided what any critically-thinking person could see all along...
Texas' CPS did not meet their burden of proving that there was immediate danger to the physical health or safety of those kids on the Eldorado ranch.
PDF Opinion issued today.
Shame on CPS. Either way now, they've doomed those children.
Either CPS was right all along about the abuse but, because they didn't even attempt to substantiate it, they've hamstrung their own department's ability to ever get to the bottom of things; or
They were wrong all along, and despite their attempts to pump their case in the media, they've now opened the State to the possibility of litigation.
I'd like to see some serious reform of Texas' Department of Family and Protective Services over this.
Sadly, though, to judge from the public's reactions so far, the rule of law will likely be made less strict so that, in the future, CPS can do what they did in this case without fear of reprisal.
That's been our legislature's answer in the past. Problems at CPS? Give 'em more money and a broader brush with which to paint!
Programming note - Programming note: Later this afternoon, I will be attending a Major League Baseball playoff game in the Bronx with a family member who is now attending law...
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