Judge slams gag order on N.J. custody case

By Brian Fitzpatrick

Army Major John Jackson and his wife Carolyn, devout Christian homeschoolers with a history of serving as adoptive and foster parents, had their five children taken away in April 2010 by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services – and despite the collapse of the evidence against the Jacksons, DYFS hasn’t returned the children to their parents. from Thursday’s WND report

The N.J. Superior Court in Morris County has placed a gag order on the parties involved in the N.J.Divisionof Youth and Family Services case against Christian homeschooling parents John and Carolyn Jackson.

As reported yesterdayby WND, DYFS took the five Jacksonchildrenaway from their parents on April 16, 2010, citing an imminent danger to thechildrenafter the youngest, 2-year-old Chaya, was hospitalized. The parents have been fighting in court to regain custody.

According to a source who asked not to be named, the judge hearing the case, Michael Paul Wright, imposed the gag order Wednesday afternoon upon the request of DYFS. WND called DYFS to inquire about the case early Wednesday afternoon, and posted a news story on the WNDwebsiteearly Thursday morning.

Army Maj. John Jackson confirmed to WND today that he is under a gag order and is no longer allowed to talk to the media about the case.

“That’s unbelievable,” said N.J. attorney William Baer. “It’s pretty common for a New Jersey judge to impose a gag order on a child custody case. As a general matter the judge would defer to the state. But the fact that they didn’t impose this until there were rumblings about going to the media is interesting.

“The request for a gag order would have to come on a motion from one of the parties,” Baer continued. “Because the Jacksons are talking to you, I doubt they are the party that is trying to stifle discussion of this case. Read more: http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=253657#ixzz1BgV3EQUJ

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