On Tuesday the judge presiding over the custody dispute involving Susan Cox Powell’s two young boys said she needed more time to unravel the mess.
What Judge Kathryn Nelson didn’t say, but could have, was “This’ll be one of the easiest decisions I’ll ever make in this job.”
Wednesday, the Pierce County Superior Court judge gave custody to the missing woman’s parents, Charles and Judith Cox, in a decision that should be seen as nothing less than a stern rebuke for Josh Powell and the home he shares with his father, Steven Powell.
This ruling came despite the State’s strong bias towards keeping children in the care of their biological parents. Despite the worthy goal, the judge in this case had ample reason to take a harsh view of Josh Powell’s parenting program.