The trial began on Monday with the selection of the jury, and in the course of asking questions of potential jury members it appeared that 15% of the jury pool had either homeschooled before or had been homeschooled themselves. While the grandparents’ attorneys obviously did not want any of these folks to be chosen for the jury, some actually were.
In the jury selection process, the grandparents’ attorneys (opposing counsel) clarified that the current case law in this kind of case is that the presumption that a fit parent should be the “managing conservator” does not apply and they asked if any potential jurors could not apply that law. Several potential jurors stated that not applying the presumption that a fit parent should be “managing conservator,” was clearly wrong. Questions were also asked regarding the potential jurors’ opinions about psychiatric evaluations regarding recommendations for placement of children in such cases.
A number of home school families attended and, according to observers, were “models of decorum.” Several took a few minutes to introduce themselves to the father and let him know they were praying for him. He told them that he appreciated it and that he was fighting this injustice not just for himself but for other families as well. This beleaguered father, who has been dealing with these
“temporary orders” with his daughter (taken from him for three years now) and who recently has been denied the opportunity to speak daily with his daughter by phone as he had been doing for years, is now only allowed a weekly one-hour supervised visit.
Opposing counsel will begin laying out their case today, and the father’s attorneys will probably present their case beginning on Friday or Monday. Please continue to pray for this father and his daughter as well as his attorneys and the jury. If you are in the Fort Worth area, please consider spending some time in the courtroom observing in silence and praying.