Security increased at Texas judge's home

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Andrew Adams and AP reporting Police in Texas are standing guard outside the home of the judge who ordered the removal of hundreds of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) children.

The heightened security outside Judge Barbara Walther's house comes after Utah and Arizona authorities warned Texas authorities to be on the lookout for what they call FLDS "enforcers ... who may engage in acts of intimidation or violence."

The Deseret News reports 16 FLDS men and women are deemed a threat, and they include FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop.

Recently, Judge Walther's home address and telephone number were posted on an FLDS-related Web site. However an attorney for the FLDS church says the site is not sanctioned by the church and that FLDS followers are peaceful people.

The Deseret News reports the Washington County sheriff's office compiled the list.

In April, Texas officials removed 440 children from a ranch owned by the FLDS Church because of concerns the children were being abused. The Texas Supreme Court ruled that the children should be returned.


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

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