The ACLU said it had a representative at the [Texas FLDS custody] court hearing and the organization was concerned about human rights violations.
“While we acknowledge that Judge Walther’s task may be unprecedented in Texas judicial history, we question whether the current proceedings adequately protect the fundamental rights of the mothers and children,” Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, said in a written statement.
“As this situation continues to unfold, we are concerned that the constitutional rights that all Americans rely upon and cherish — that we are secure in our homes, that we may worship as we please and hold our places of worship sacred, and that we may be with our children absent evidence of imminent danger — have been threatened,” Burke said.
The group’s courtroom observer, Lisa Graybill, added: “We recognize that this balancing act is difficult, but we are concerned that government may not be complying with the Constitution or the laws of Texas in the execution of its mandate, from how the raids were conducted to whether the current process protects basic rights.”
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