Last summer a Tarrant County jury reversed the orders of a judge and returned Jim Loose’s daughter to him, after she spent almost three years with her grandparents under “temporary” orders. Since last fall Jim’s attorneys have attempted to get a two-hour hearing with Judge Randy Catterton, to ask him to require the grandparents to pay Jim’s legal fees as allowed under state law. On several occasions a hearing was set, and each time Judge Catterton did not allow the hearings to go forward whenever attorneys for the grandparents said they had other issues to present or needed two days to lay out their remaining issues in the case.
Last month Judge Catterton, without consultation with Jim or his attorneys, told the attorney that he would write a letter to the presiding judge of the trial for which he himself was already scheduled and explain that he was required to be in court in Fort Worth. Finally, Judge Catterton allowed the hearing to be moved two weeks; it is currently scheduled for June 25 and 26.
Legal counsel for the grandparents has notified the court and Jim’s attorneys that they intend to address issues that were already settled by the jury trial last August. They appear to be prepared to ask Judge Catterton to reverse the ruling of the jury. It’s almost as if they are saying, “We don’t care what the jury said, we want the child!” Judge Catterton has been willing to violate a parent’s rights for grandparents before.
Please pray for Jim, and if you live in the Fort Worth area, plan to be in attendance at this hearing, which is scheduled for June 25 and 26 at 8 a.m. in the 231st District Court in Fort Worth.