The Texas Supreme Court recently issued a stay in the Tutt case, preventing the case from going to trial. The attorney representing the Tutts had filed a “Writ of Mandamus” with the Texas Supreme Court in February after the Dallas Court of Appeals rejected the same. Since the Texas Supreme Court took no action, the Tutt attorney filed a supplement in June noting that the local judge had now passed the already extended 18-month deadline the state had to finish such a case. In response, the Texas Supreme Court stopped the proceedings, asking for responses from both sides. You can read the filings with the Supreme Court here, as well as the state’s response and the response from the Tutt attorney.Almost two years ago, CPS illegally removed children from the Tutt’s home a month after the caseworker told them everything seemed to be okay and she would contact them again if CPS needed anything else. The complicated timeline is best understood with an infographic.
The case drags on with CPS still refusing to allow a six-year-old sibling of two other adopted children to be returned to the family. This poor child has been in foster care for almost two years. While CPS has 12 months under the law to end its involvement with the family, a judge can extend that another six months, which the judge has done in this case.
Observers of the case say it is the most bizarre case they have ever seen, and the judge in the case seems to be doing everything she can to drag things out. Now that the Texas Supreme Court has stopped the proceedings and asked for responses from both sides, we are hoping and praying that the Supreme Court will force an end to this horrific tragedy and require the Dallas court to dismiss the case and return the child to her family. Please pray with us that this will happen soon.
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