No Law Against Mercy: Jailed for Sheltering a Child from the State

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A true story of America's closed-door family court system gone wrong, and the authors' eight months in jail for disobeying bad court orders.

In 1993, 15-year-old Billy Stefan was in state custody, isolated from his family, drugged, and beaten. His father helped him escape from the boy's home--his place of torment--and the authors, Barbara Lyn Lapp and Rachel Lapp, offered him refuge in their home. As authorities searched for the missing boy, the Lapp sisters helped him with secret media interviews that spilled across the nation his terrifying accounts of abuse at the hands of America's child protective system.

"No Law Against Mercy" presents a stark portrait of the human cost when legal powers clash with a moral stance. The authors, in this 428-page memoir, spare no reproach on the government as they tell what it's like to be in jail for just actions defined as crimes. Using God's law and historical common law as a basis, they make a case for responsible noncompliance to immoral laws. Victory will come by doing what is right, they assert--and the ending of the book bears this out.

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Barbara Lyn Lapp and Rachel Lapp work and reside on their 3-generation family farm in Cassadaga, New York. Barbara Lyn is herdsperson for the family's sixty-cow dairy herd, which is nationally accredited for production and genetics. She is also a free-lance writer, and publisher of the journal, "Family Alert." Rachel is manager of Lapp's Produce, the farm's fresh fruit and vegetable market, and raises purebred Australian Sheperds and Norwegian Elkhounds. The Lapp sisters were home-school educated by their older sister, Lydia Lapp.

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