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Judge grants sect spokesman's restraining order

Judge grants sect spokesman's restraining order

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A St. George judge has granted a temporary restraining order that bars a Cedar City private investigator from going near the homes or business offices of a polygamous sect spokesman.

Fifth District Court Judge G. Rand Beacham signed the order Wednesday morning.

Willie Jessop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints asked for the order Tuesday, claiming investigator Sam Brower had trespassed on his property, frightened his kids and harassed his employees.

Brower denies the allegations. He is employed by attorneys filing civil and criminal cases against the FLDS church and some of its members.

Brower says the restraining order is retaliation for work he's done over the past four years and for a recent Texas child welfare case that resulted in a restraining order against Jessop.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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