Texas Officials Seek To Block Ruling In Sect Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Texas child welfare authorities are
asking the state Supreme Court to allow it to keep the children
seized from a polygamist sect's ranch in custody while they appeal.
Child Protective Services asked the high court Friday to reverse
an appellate court decision, saying the trial court was right to
put more than 440 children in foster care.
The filings comes one day after the Third Court of Appeals in
Austin said the state failed to show the children were in any
immediate danger when they were rounded up last month.
Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints hailed Thursday's ruling as vindication. They've said
there was no abuse at the ranch in west Texas and they are being
persecuted for their religious beliefs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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