The Latest from Eldorado
Grits and I have been arguing for some time that the warrant used to justify raiding YFZ Ranch had some problems. Apparently, we were right. In fact, it seems to me that the original warrant strains the "good faith exception" into "deliberate and willful ignorance," i.e., "we can confirm that Dale Barlow is a convicted sex offender but we were shocked, shocked and appalled to discover he was in Arizona at the time!" However, given the current climate in Texas criminal appellate law ("the only error is harmless error"), I'd say the chances are good this warrant would hold up, assuming we even get to the stage of holding criminal trials. Right now, we don't even have any alleged perpetrators named (other than Barlow, of course), much less any arrests. And, of course, the warrant is meaningless for purposes of removal, since DFPS doesn't need a warrant, valid or otherwise, to remove children.
And from the Common Room, excerpts from an interview with the Schleicher County Sheriff. This bit...
Mankin: That’s a big operation to put together in three days, surely law enforcement must have had a preliminary plan in place ready to deal with this kind of eventuality?
(Sheriff) Doran: Let’s just say that law enforcement was and is prepared to answer a cry for help at the YFZ Ranch.
...tends to confirm my suspicion that this was a law enforcement operation with a CPS removal attached, and not the other way around.