"They are out of their element and are frightened," said Parker, a Salt Lake City attorney who has represented the FLDS church for more than a decade. "There is a big concern about not being able to have their voices heard."
Among the dozens of attorneys who showed up for the hearing, which is required within 14 days of the state's decision to place the children into temporary custody, were lawyers who said they represented the children and their mothers and fathers. Attorneys for the FLDS Church also attended the three-hour hearing.
An attorney for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the state wants to hold one hearing for all 416 children rounded up at the YFZ Ranch. Determining which child belongs to which mother has been a logistical nightmare for child welfare workers and others trying to determine the parentage of each child, the attorney said.Attorneys expressed a significant amount of frustration over the logistical challenge facing them and voiced concern over not being able to speak individually by telephone with their clients.
Contributing: Lisa Riley Roche E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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