CNN Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 2008
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(San Angelo, Texas: David Mattingly) The legal battle in Texas over 416 children from the polygamous cult in Eldorado reviewed and discussed; scenes shown from outside the courthouse; details given about the sect's view of marriage and children, of the state's view of the threat to the children and of the practice of grooming the girls to be married to older men and of how the case is being carried outside the courtroom with many attorneys representing the children; courtroom sketches by shown.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and former FLDS sect member "Escape" author Carolyn Jessop about the child custody case; inset video shown from inside the compound. [TOOBIN - says the government case has a long way to go since there is not direct evidence of child abuse.] [From Salt Lake City, JESSOP - says there was abuse when she lived in the compound: a lot of violence towards children and cult mind control; states the mothers' mental health has to be tested; says the women are now being used as human shields by the husbands in a p.r. campaign.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; San Angelo: David Mattingly; Studio: Jeffrey Toobin) What members of the cult are saying about young marriage and the children in the sect discussed.