Impeach the Wicked Witch of West Texas: Judge Barbara Walther needs to be fired before she causes more irreparable harmSubmitted by RPALLTHEWAY2012 on Tue, 06/03/2008 - 02:11
Dear RP Revolutionaries and all persons of good will, concerned with preservation of constitutional rights:
Many of us have been appalled to see the complete disregard one woman has had for the constitutional rights of an entire community of peaceful, religious persons. We must not allow this sort of behavior to go unnoticed. Legal means are available and should be pursued to unseat this avowed opponent of the first, fourth, fifth, and fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Judge Barbara Cohen Walther, infamous for her anti-constitutional violations of civil rights on a massive scale unseen at any time in recent history, needs to be impeach, unelected, or pressured to resign. Choose any one of the above, whichever one is most expedient and will remove her from the bench the soonest! She has proven unable to appropriately discharge her duties.
Please sign the petition to Impeach Barbara Walther now. http://www.gopetition.com/online/19682.html
If you need more background on how Lord Barbara came to be known as The Wicked Witch of West Texas, read on. Forgive my writing, this is being typed out quickly in the interest of getting this petition spread far and wide.
First, she completely ignored Texas statute and considered an entire ranch community of nearly 700 persons as one household for purposes of child protection (there were actually nearly 40 individual households in the community). She issued a search warrant to Texas Rangers who had been turned down by another judge, to raid the YFZ Ranch in search of an alleged victim of child abuse. The result was the herding onto busses of 450+/- innocent children and approximately 150 mothers, who accompanied their children to an 1800's fort where a concentration camp-styled "shelter" would house many of these mothers and their children for weeks.
When it became apparent that treating these persons as individuals would be too much work, Judge Walther refused all of them their right to an individual hearing and instead treated the entire community to one farce of a hearing, in which most parents' and children's attorneys were forbidden from participating or simply not included.
Judge Walther ordered the confiscation of private property from these U.S. citizens when she demanded the confiscation of their cellular phones, leaving these innocent women with no way to contact their lawyers, husbands, or the press, which had published photos snapped on camera phones of the deplorable conditions the State had provided them.
Mrs. Walther allowed CPS to house children in substandard facilities where they were enclosed in close quarters, spreading illness, eating unhealthy foods to which they were unaccustomed, and using forced invasive medical examinations and interrogation style interviews to pressure children to confess to being victims of imagined crimes (the call that led to the raid has all but proved to have been a hoax, yet CPS, under Walthers' orders, badgered teenage girls, trying to force numerous girls into confessing that they were the "victim"; none were).
When time came to get the children into "permanent" foster facilities, wailing and weeping children were forcibly pulled from mothers' arms by CPS, acting under Judge Walther's temporary custody order which awarded CPS parentage of all children, and 26 adults held as minors.
Mrs. Walther ruled that nursing infants were to be forcibly removed from their mothers and placed in foster homes. La Leche leagues and other mother's groups nationwide cried foul that this judge would dare remove a nursing baby by force from its mother.
Mrs. Walther continued to allow CPS to hold children captive even after being ordered by the Supreme Court to vacate her temporary custody order which led to the mass dispersal of innocent children into strange homes or group shelters. When she finally relented and agreed to vacate her order, it was only to give way to an awful agreement that essentially keeps FLDS parents under near-house arrest and assumes all members of the ranch to be guilty. She has even demanded that FLDS mothers, witnessed by state-hired mental health professionals to be among the best mothers ever known, to take state-approved parenting classes. Licensed professional counselors and psychologists hired by the state have testified that Texans at large could stand to learn how to parent FROM the FLDS mother.
Below is the official langauge on the petition to impeach Mrs. Walther. Please spread this post far and wide.
Also, as this case is by no means over, please consider a donation to the FLDS legal defense fund: http://www.captivefldschildren.org/Donate.php.
Those inclined to speak directly with their elected officials may wish to call the good Judge and share their thoughts with her, maybe ask her about her re-election plans and hopes. Mrs. Walther can be reached with your comments and praise at:
(325) 659-6571 (work)
(325) 655-7922 (home; this is a White Pages publicly-listed number)
It is a constitutional and well-respected right and duty of Americans to hold their civil servants and elected officials responsible to the People for their actions. Mrs. Walther must be held accountable for the irreparable harm she has caused to the 700 members of the FLDS who found themselves unfortunate enough to fall under her jurisdiction, and to the people of Schleicher County and the State of Texas, who will bear the burden of millions of dollars spent on Walthers' ordered raid and subsequent mis-steps.
Mrs. Walther must be stopped before she compounds the irreparable harm she has already caused to hundreds of children and their families.
With best regards and sincere appreciation to all people of goodwill,
Whereas Texas 51st District Judge Barbara Walther has violated the constitutional rights of more than 400 children and their parents of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Church (FLDS);
and whereas Judge Barbara Walther took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Texas and has violated that oath;
and whereas both an appellate court and the Texas Supreme Court have sided with the FLDS children and their parents against Judge Barbara Walther;
and whereas the actions of Judge Barbara Walther have resulted in a great financial cost to the State of Texas and its taxpayers;
and whereas Judge Barbara Walther's actions constitute one of the greatest violations of constitutional rights in the history of the State of Texas;
and whereas Judge Barbara Walther should have known ahead of time that what she was doing was unconstitutional, since the Island Pond Raid in the State of Vermont in 1984 was almost identical, and there are other similar cases on record where judges refused to support unconstitutional raids by Child Protective Services;
and whereas Judge Barbara Walther has impeded the reunification of parents with their children, even after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that they should be reunified;
we ask that proceedings begin immediately for the impeachment of District Judge Barbara Walther of the State of Texas.