Better late than never

Justice arrives, confounding the kidnapping apologists:

In a ruling that could torpedo the case against the West Texas polygamist sect, a state appeals court Thursday said authorities had no right to seize more than 440 children in a raid on the splinter group’s compound last month. The Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the state failed to show the youngsters were in any immediate danger, the only grounds in Texas law for taking children from their parents without court action…. The decision in one of the biggest child-custody cases in U.S. history was a humiliating defeat for the state Child Protective Services agency.

Here’s hoping that the Texas Supreme Court doesn’t attempt to revive this abhorrent travesty of justice and the rule of law. And in case you weren’t sure that the CPS leaped before looking, note the following bit: “Of the 31 people the state initially said were underage mothers, 15 have been reclassified as adults, and one is 27.”