This story continues to be riveting; but as many have pointed out, it is beginning to fade, and will continue to do so with time. I will still continue to blog about it in the days, weeks, and possibly months to come, but probably not with the same frequency. Many questions remain. I have nothing profound to add. I have read each and every comment on the various posts on this blog, and on many others to which I have linked. Of course I do not have time to respond to them all; however, I have appreciated all the discussion, and have learned a great deal from many of the comments.
So thanks to all for contributing to what I think has been and continues to be a critical discussion. It is a discussion about those rights, we in the United States consider to be fundamental. Rights that are “objectively, deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty, such that neither liberty nor justice would exist if they were sacrificed.” Rights including the right to be safe and secure in our homes, free from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right of the free exercise of religion, the right of association, the right of creating, raising, and teaching our families, the right to due process, and the right of equal protection of the laws.
I am concerned about the fate of these families who remain in the Texas judicial and CPS system–based on what I have seen thus far. I applaud all the pro bono lawyers who have answered the call to help represent the children, mothers and fathers. Perhaps the coming hearings will be more fair, or perhaps the Texas appellate system will help rectify some of the due process abuses we have thus far witnessed at the trial court level. What I would really like to see, is for the federal courts to somehow be involved. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.
For those who believe in prayer, I am sure you are praying for these families. If there are legitimate areas of investigation–let the investigations take place. Let any criminal law violations be prosecuted, if supported by credible evidence. But, most important, let those against whom there is no physical evidence of wrong doing, for whom there is no immediate risk of harm–let them be reunited with their families–and soon.
Grits for Breakfast (Great links in today’s post. Please go read them.)
The Common Room (Good post on double standards)
The Volokh Conspiracy (Some big name blog coverage finally)
Nine Moons (Bite Me Mr. Egan)