This morning NPR played an interesting story on the non-confrontational approaches Arizona and Utah are taking with respect to the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Church, who have been the subject of frontier justice in Texas. Ordinarily I wouldn't write about this, because I don't care about The Children, but I'm a sucker for jackbooted thugs in uniform.
Mojave County Arizona supervisor Buster Johnson was kind enough to share the following legal advice with his consituents, the attorneys general of Arizona and Utah, and the rest of the world:
I think they should go into all these polygamous communities and you go up there," said Buster Johnson, a county supervisor in Mojave County, the Arizona home of the FLDS. "Because you have the probable cause from Texas to say that these abuses have taken place, you go up to the house and you say 'I want everybody outside. I want to see the birth certificates. I want to know who the mothers are.' You look and you go 'It appears that you were underage when you had this child,' you DNA test them, and somebody goes to jail and we start putting an end to this right now.
There are many, many more FLDS in Arizona and Utah than in Texas. I don't suppose that the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments come up that often in the work of a county supervisor, but it's worth noting that the Branch Davidian massacre in Waco had its genesis in the work of local officials whose ignorance of the Constitution approached that of Johnson.