Off to San Angelo, Lawyers Gear Up

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's a case made for the law books, that's why lawyers from all over Texas are preparing to volunteer their services to represent the 416 children removed from a mysterious Polygamist compound in Eldorado early this month.

"This is going to turn out to be one of the biggest cases of it's kind in the United States, if not the largest," said Odessa Lawyer Sydney Weaver, "Religion is wrapped up in this, and is really at the heart of this case,"

Weaver says the implications of a case like this are far reaching. The courthouse holds only 250 people, but there are close to 500 children. Weaver says if every child gets five minutes each with a judge it will take almost three straight days to complete.

"There will be a lot of new laws made," said Weaver, "It will be a historical case, it will be very interesting just to be involved in it."

Several Midland lawyers have also volunteered to help.

"I signed up after the word went out from the bar that anyone who was willing to volunteer and help with the case, they were going to need a lot of attorney's to help represent these families," Weaver said.

Weaver plans to head to San Angelo on Thursday, and says it's still not clear if she has been assigned a case.

"Until I know what the facts are, and they assign me a client, if they assign me one, then we will be able to make some decisions about what steps to take to protect their rights," she said.