Sect men seek ruling on seized documents

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for 10 men from a polygamous
sect have asked a judge to exclude from court hundreds of boxes of
documents and other evidence seized from the Yearning For Zion
Ranch.

The men face criminal charges from an April 2008 raid on the West Texas ranch. Their attorneys say law enforcement misled a judge about the veracity of the calls that prompted the raid and the true intent of the search.

A hearing on their motion to suppress the evidence is scheduled for today in San Angelo before state Texas District Judge Barbara Walther. Any decision to suppress some of the evidence could hurt the state's case because sect women and girls have been reluctant to testify, even in secret grand jury proceedings.

The documents include some that list plural and underage marriages and pregnancies among sect girls.

Twelve members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints have been indicted on charges that include sexual
assault of a child and bigamy since the April 2008 raid.


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