I haven’t been making any effort to follow the case involving the polygamous Mormon compound that was recently raided by the authorities. But from what I’ve overheard, I’m puzzled or bothered by one aspect of the coverage.
The local authorities have been criticized for jumping the gun. Did they have probable cause? Was their informant legit? Were the kids sexually abused?
What this overlooks is that polygamy is, itself, a crime in this country. It seems to me that that alone would be sufficient reason for the local authorities to intervene. You shouldn’t need anything over and above that foundational fact to justify the intervention.