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DALLAS, Texas, October 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — LifeSite reporter Madeleine Jacob and close to 50 other people, including The Texan News, were refused entrance into the Dallas courtroom where the trial concerning 7-year-old James Younger came to a close today. Three bailiffs were ordered to stand guard in front of the locked door as Judge Kim Cooks announced her final ruling granting joint custody of James. 

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Despite not needing to show a press pass to enter the court at any time during the past two weeks, Jacob found herself standing outside in the hallway this afternoon because she didn't have a hard copy of her credentials. A local CBS-affiliate was invited in with their camera.

Jacob, who has been in the courtroom every time the trial has been in session, presented not only her license but also a digital press pass in an effort to get in. She was told she needed a hard copy press pass to enter. Industry practice is generally that a digital press pass is enough to gain admission to an event.

“I think it’s unfair that the media outlets who have been covering it from the beginning were thrown out while the local mainstream media outlets were invited in,” Kim Roberts, a reporter for The Texan, told LifeSite.

On Monday, the jury ruled 11-1 against Jame’s father, Jeffrey Younger, in his fight against his ex-wife, Dr. Anna Georgulas, who wants to raise James as “Luna” and force Jeffrey to affirm that identity.

The case has garnered national headlines in the last 48 hours, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz calling it “horrific and tragic” while Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott announced he is launching an investigation.  

The jury’s decision was that Mr. Younger should not be given sole managing conservatorship over James and his twin brother Jude. Rather, the current joint managing conservatorship should be replaced by a sole managing conservatorship. However, Judge Cooks ruled today that there will be a joint managing conservatorship over James.