Julie Balovich, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, admits she had to stifle questions and doubts as she worked on the appeal to the Third Court of Appeals that eventually sent FLDS children home.
“You wonder, ‘No one else is doing this, is there something we’re missing?’” Balovich said in a recent interview.
No, there wasn’t. Balovich and colleague Amanda Chisholm, with the backing of their law firm, stepped into the void and filed a brief that resulted in two higher court findings that there was insufficient evidence of blanket abuse at the ranch and that 51st District Judge Barbara Walther had erred in keeping the FLDS children in custody.
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