The judge in the strange custody dispute between Talmadge Heflin and his former maid has declined to rule for now on the matter, which is a victory in a way for the Heflins since the child in question will remain in their care until the ruling is made. The interesting bit in the story is the recognition that Heflin has finally responded to his earlier White Man's Burden comment.
The Heflins' lawyer, Harry Tindall, challenged allegations that the Heflins' efforts are inappropriate. He also addressed Talmadge Heflin's comment during testimony Wednesday about "the terrible problem that black male children have growing up into manhood without being in prison."
"Race is not an issue here and this is not about acting as a plantation owner," Tindall said when asked about the Heflins' motives. "This is a couple who, in their 60s, stepped up to the mat to help a child. ... We have good evidence that the (parents') track record is not good."