Want To Understand What’s Happening? Read This Article.

Pete Shanks of Biopolitical Times, published a blog post entitled, “Is This Informal Surrogacy or Exploitation?”

The article does an excellent job of summarizing all the pertinent facts of Cindy’s case. Definitely recommended reading if you want to come up to speed on what this case is all about.

“A bizarre tragedy is playing out in Houston. Some commentators are calling it “a landmark case in motherhood” but it seems more like either a horrible misunderstanding or an appalling case of exploitation.”

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Next Court Date Scheduled for October 16th

Screen capture of court dates for Cindy Close

The Harris County District Clerk’s website is reporting that there’s a new court date for Cindy. Apparently Ellen A. Yarrell (Marvin McMurrey’s attorney) is seeking a temporary injunction of some sort.

This matter is scheduled to be heard at 09:30 on October 16, 2012 in the 247th District Court.

On a related note, did you know that most court filings are a matter of public record and are open for your review on the Harris County District Clerk’s website. This link takes you to the Civil/Family tab of the site search, but you can also search other courts by choosing the appropriate tag.

 

Lawyers.com Features Cindy’s Story, Legal Expert Raises Frightening Thought


Michelle Bowman, a freelance writer for Lawyers.com, wrote a great article on Cindy’s case today, with quotes from Professor James Paulsen of South Texas College of Law here in Houston. Professor Paulsen raises an alarming possibility, though – if Marvin and Phong can manage to drag the court proceedings out for more than six months, Phong may be able to ask that custody be awarded to him.

“If Mr. McMurrey’s partner can hold on to the children for six months while things are tied up in court, under Texas law he can ask for custody on his own, even though he has no biological ties to the children,” Paulsen says. “By then, the children may have bonded with him more than with their birth mother.”

You can read the full article here.

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