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Polygamous men argue search violated their rights

Polygamous men argue search violated their rights



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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Attorneys for 10 men from a polygamist group's West Texas ranch want a judge to block prosecutors from using thousands of pages of documents seized in a raid last year.

The attorneys filed a lengthy argument in Schleicher County court on Monday. They ask that documents from the April 2008 raid of the Yearning For Zion Ranch be barred from the men's criminal trials. The first trial could start this fall.

The lawyers argue that Texas law enforcement used fake domestic abuse hotline calls as an excuse to violate the constitutional rights of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The men face charges that include bigamy and sexual assault of a child.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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