The trial in Fort Worth in which a fit father is seeking to regain possession of his daughter finished up its first week on Friday with the grandparents calling the court-appointed psychologist to the stand. He amended his report just before the trial began to allege that the daughter told him she wanted to stay with the grandparents and have only “supervised” visitation with her father. His testimony included what appeared to be fabricated statements by the father, and at one point he made statements that were against the parameters laid out by the judge. The courtroom was cleared as the attorneys for the father explained that what the psychologist had just done was cause for a mistrial and if the father asked the judge he would be required to declare a mistrial.
Since the grandparents’ strategy all along has been to delay and drag out this process (and make it more expensive), some believe this may have been an intentional action seeking a mistrial and requiring the process to begin again, delaying the return of this father’s daughter to him. The father, therefore, chose not to ask for a mistrial, and the judge directed the jury to disregard the comments from the psychologist.
Three years ago the mother of this young girl died from cancer, and the father moved with his daughter to Idaho planning to homeschool her in the new school year. That plan was cut short as the current judge issued an order to remove the child and place her “temporarily” with the grandparents. If there was ever a doubt that home schooling was an issue in the grandparents’ disagreement with the father’s parenting decisions, it has been removed during this trial as virtually every witness for the grandparents has argued against home schooling this child. In fact, it is almost as if home schooling is on trial.
The trial continues on Monday as the attorneys for the grandparents will begin to close their case and will likely call the grandfather and/or the father to the stand. Please pray for the father as his testimony on the stand will be a key element in the trial. Pray also for the attorneys representing the father and for the jury. Home schoolers have been in court observing throughout the trial. If you are in the Fort Worth area, Monday or Tuesday would be a very good time to attend and quietly observe and pray.