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Arizona AG says only most loyal picked for Texas FLDS compound

Arizona AG says only most loyal picked for Texas FLDS compound

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(KSL News and AP) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says only the most loyal allies of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs were picked to live in a compound in Texas.

Because of that loyalty, Goddard and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff say any efforts to prosecute cases stemming from the raid on the Texas compound will be difficult.

Goddard says Jeffs set up the ranch in the Texas scrub country to escape scrutiny from Arizona and Utah, where the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is primarily based.

The Arizona AG says those chosen to move to Texas are "Warren Jeffs' all-star cast."

The prosecutors say they've struggled for years to gain the trust of witnesses in abuse cases, but many young girls still refuse to speak out.

Meanwhile, the man accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl at the polygamist ranch in Eldorado, Texas, met with Texas Rangers today. For more information on that meeting, click the related link.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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