Eldorado Round Up
My ideological evil twin brother, Cicero at Red State, has shown typical conservative thoroughness (no doubt due to the invisble hand of the free market, unencumbered by burdensome regulations) in providing a link farm on this developing story.
As for the removal being granted, no one who has experience with CPS cases is surprised. Typical Removal hearings are held so quickly (it used to be within 24 hours) that there is very rarely any reliable evidence for the judge to hang a ruling on. As a result, much like with applications for protective orders, judges tend to err on the side of caution, knowing that he or she will have several opportunities in the future to return the kids if the agency still hasn't managed to dredge up anything. In fact, in nearly ten years of CPS cases, I have only seen a judge deny a removal petition exactly once, and that was only after I (as ad litem for the children) demonstrated that the CPS caseworkers (who were from out of county and declined to even show up for the hearing) had committed perjury in their affidavits. In this case, the Removal hearing took longer to set up, but the sheer overwhelming numbers made it extremely difficult to get any straight answers, especially when CPS insists on calling "expert" witnesses who freely admit on cross-examination that everything they know about the case in general and the FLDS in particular comes from watching television. Stay tuned.