Professor Ira Ellman was quoted recently in the Christian Science Monitor in an article on the controversial raid on the Texas compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
In the April 21 article, "To regain kids, FLDS women try new tactic: Public Relations," reporter Faye Bowers wrote that "The two-day hearing in Texas late last week that resulted in the state keeping 416 children from returning to their communal home opened a rare window into the female side of a religious group that has long shut out contact with the outside world."
Mothers of some of the children attended the hearing, spoke to the press, and invited reporters to their ranch near Eldorado, Texas, Bowers wrote.
Ellman commented on the court's order that members of the sect must provide DNA samples for maternity and paternity tests, which could help identify which children belong to which parents, but could also help build cases for criminal charges.
"I suppose what they're hoping to do, in part, is identify the guys who impregnated these girls and prosecute them for statutory rape," Ellman was quoted as saying. "The adult women who cooperated in supplying these underage girls who were impregnated could have a criminal liability, too."