- Grits for Breakfast, April 9: Search warrants for polygamist compound may be invalid
- San Angelo Standard Times, April 24: Confidence in FLDS search warrants shaky, authorities say
The man named in the search warrant, Dale Barlow, actually lived in Arizona. He contacted authorities immediately after the Texas raid occurred to say they were after the wrong man, but Texas Rangers took their own sweet time investigating the bogus call. Why? I think it's because they didn't want it proven fake before the 14-day CPS hearing.
Reported the Standard Times, "In a media briefing immediately after the two-day custody hearing Friday, CPS spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner used Sarah more as a symbol than as a person." Usually "symbols," especially phony ones, aren't enough probable cause in court to justify house to house searches and seizing hundreds of kids.
Without the fiction of rescuing a sixteen year old rape victim to justify their military-style entry into the YFZ Ranch, everything that's happened begins to look like a modern day witch hunt. I've argued repeatedly that any real sexual predators would go free because the raid has been mishandled, and this shows why. It was quite foreseeable nearly from the beginning, which I can confidently say, having publicly foreseen it.
UPDATE: More on the subject from our new friend the Headmistress at The Common Room, responding in part to the excellent comments in reaction to this post. ALSO: It looks like this circus is coming to Austin: FLDS filed a motion yesterday with Austin's 3rd Court of Appeals challenging the search warrant, and oral arguments have been set for Tuesday. I couldn't get the documents to open this morning, strangely, but here's the link to filings in the case with the 3rd Court. The Aspen News reports that the motion revealed authorities already knew that Dale Barlow, the alleged perpetrator, was in Arizona and not at the YFZ Ranch when the military style raid was launched.