Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Which Children does Texas refer to?

I'm confused. Which children? Raymond Jessop's "Spiritual Wife," Teresa Jeffs, turned 17 over the weekend. The Austin American-Statesman;

"(Texas Attorney General Greg) Abbott said law enforcement agencies are discussing ways to protect alleged victims should any of the men post bail.

'I would be concerned about any children they would be exposed to,' said Abbott, who called the bail amounts appropriate. 'I think the bail is a high bail instituted by the judge to ensure that people accused of these crimes will show up for trial.'"


Veda Keate (19) is an adult. Help me out here. Granted some of these alleged crimes occured in a time frame that could MAKE them crimes, but if Veda Keate is an adult now, and Teresa Jeffs is 17, what "children" does Greg Abbott propose to "protect?"



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2 comments:

georgewiley said...

What Bud Abbott is talking about are injunctions prohibiting the accused from formally marrying the "victims". I doubt this will work. Texas is a huge state with hundreds of counties. A marriage license can be issued to anyone by any County Clerk; doesn't have to be the Clerk of the County in which one resides. I can almost bet there are Clerks in Texas who don't know about the FLDS mess in detail, and who would issue licenses if properly applied for.

Why the injunction? To prevent a jury from having to decide whether to find a man guilty after he has married the alleged "victim," and/or to avoid the problems a jury might have with sending that guy to prison for a long time, if they do find him guilty.

This is not about protecting the "victims." This is about protecting the State of Texas' prosecutorial efforts.

Doran Williams

TxBluesMan said...

Formally marrying the 'victim' would only cause another count of Bigamy to be filed unless they divorce the first wife...

Good advice counselor...