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Friday, October 07, 2005

Supreme Court of Texas Rules on Emergency Motion for Stay

The Supreme Court of Texas stayed in part and modified in part the order of September 20, 2005 as follows:

1. The paragraph beginning "IT IS ORDERED that Edward Wernecke is to have no contact with his daughter until further order of the court" is stayed until further order of this Court;

2. The sentence "Further, Michele Wernecke's access with Katie is to be terminated if she does not encourage Katie in writing to comply with the treatment plan" is stayed until further order of this Court;

3. The paragraph beginning "IT IS ORDERED that Michele Wernecke is to have no contact with her daughter, Katie Wernecke, except as supervised by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services" is modified as follows:

IT IS ORDERED that Michele and Edward Wernecke are to have no contact with their daughter, Katie Werncke, except as supervised by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Specifically, Michele and Edward Wernecke are ordered to have no contact with Katie Wernecke, except as scheduled ahead of time in cooperation with the department. During any contact by Michele or Edward Wernecke, a department representative or a department designee shall be present by telephone or in person.


4. The sentence "IT IS ORDERED that Katie Wernecke is to have no contact with her parents Edward and Michele Wernecke by any means except contact with her mother as provided for Michele Wernecke" is modified as follows:

IT IS ORDERED that Katie Wernecke is to have no contact with her parents Edward and Michele Wernecke by any means except as provided by this order.


5. The sentence "IT IS ORDERED that Michele Wernecke is to have no further contact with Katie Wernecke if it is determined that she is instructing Katie to not comply with the treatment plan or is delivering the same from Edward Wernecke" is modified as follows:

IT IS ORDERED that either Michele or Edward Wernecke is to have no further contact with Katie Wernecke if it is determined that either of them is instructing Katie to not comply with the treatment plan.


6. Except as herein stayed and modified, Order Following Emergency Hearing issued September 20, 2005, remains in full force and effect.

7. The parties have not challenged and this order shall have no effect on the Temporary Order Following Adversary Hearing, issued by County Court at Law No. 5, Nueces County, on July 8, 2005, including the order that the Department of Family and Protective Services be appointed Temporary Managing Conservator and have "absolute control of all medical treatment and medical decisions for Katie Wernecke."

8. The real party in interest is requested to respond to relator's petition for writ of mandamus on or before 3:00 p.m. October 17, 2005.

Done at the Ciry of Austin, this Octber 7, 2005.
Adrew Weber, Clerk
Supreme Court of Texas

COMMENT: The Supreme Court stayed late on Friday to reach this decision. Thank you all so much. This is a small victory in the legal battle. I now can visit or talk to Katie by phone, albeit very limited, under the supervision of CPS. I just want to tell her how much I love her and have missed her. I want her to know we are still battling for her to be returned home and for our rights to make the medical decisions for our daughter. Edward END COMMENT