Confidence in FLDS arrest warrant now shaky, authorities saySubmitted by RPALLTHEWAY2012 on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 15:20
But as you read on, you will read that the state is just as determined as ever to take these people down, despite not finding any pregnant underage girls AT ALL.
Confidence in FLDS arrest warrant now shaky, authorities say
By Paul A. Anthony (Contact)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Revelations that the March 29 phone call that sparked a raid on a
Schleicher County polygamist compound may be a hoax have led
prosecutors to doubt the reason for the original search-and-arrest
warrant that granted authorities access to the YFZ Ranch.
Arrests still could be made in the case, said First Assistant 51st
District Attorney Allison Palmer. The raid, based on the warrant, led
to the removal of 437 children from the Fundamentalist Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ranch, the largest child custody
action in Texas history.
"If it were true that the female who identified herself as Sarah is
not really Sarah, I do not feel that would be enough to (invalidate)
the search warrant," Palmer said.
Palmer used the phone calls as the probable cause necessary to secure
the search-and-arrest warrant granted by District Judge Barbara
"Some events have shaken our belief and confidence in that probable
cause," Palmer said.
Nevertheless, she added, the criminal investigation continues and
still could result in arrests - even if the original reason turns out
to be faulty. The arrest warrant remains active, she said, and
prosecutors have not decided whether they will file a motion to
withdraw or dismiss it.
"Probable cause is just that," Palmer said. "You're not dealing with
certainties. You're dealing with probabilities."
Colorado authorities and the Texas Rangers are investigating whether
a Colorado Springs resident made the series of phone calls March 29
and 30 that led the NewBridge Family Shelter in San Angelo to contact
the state's Child Protective Services agency and relay her claims of
physical and sexual abuse at the ranch.
Questions about the phone calls' legitimacy have arisen as three
weeks have gone by without any identification of the 16-year-old girl
who allegedly made the calls. The man she identified as her
"husband," Dale Barlow, 50, has denied wrongdoing. The Texas Rangers
visited him recently [IN ARIZONA!], but he has not been arrested in the case.
Investigation into the false-report allegations is ongoing, said Tom
Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety,
downplaying somewhat the significance of the same person's arrest on
separate misdemeanor false-reporting charges.
"If we knew that (she made the March 29-30 phone calls), we would
have filed an arrest warrant for her," Vinger said. "People can read
in what they want to read."
As news of that arrest and possible involvement in the case was
reported Friday, CPS officials backed off their insistence that the
girl would be found.
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.
"I do believe that Sarah exists," she said. [She is hiding with all the WMD in Iraq, probably]
"There were many Sarahs. Just because perhaps someone else placed
that phone call doesn't change our involvement.
"What we feel we found was systematic abuse of children." [And why have they not offered any public evidence of what that abuse is?]