Texas Moves to Seize Warren Jeffs' Ranch
He's imprisoned, but his polygamist sect remains on 1,600-acre spread
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 12:52 PM CST
This Aug. 9, 2011, file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Huntsville, Texas.   (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

(Newser) – Texas authorities succeeded in getting polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs locked up for life for sexually abusing underage girls, and now they want to shut down the massive ranch where his followers still live, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The state attorney general today took the first step in seizing the 1,600-acre property near Eldorado, arguing that it was purchased with laundered money as "part of a failed attempt to establish a remote outpost where they could insulate themselves from criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting children."

It's not clear how many people still live on the ranch, but an attorney for Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints says authorities are "punishing the victims—these aren't the people who committed the crimes." The Tribune doesn't think a federal raid is imminent; this one could wind through the courts instead.

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Nov 29, 2012 12:10 PM CST
I recently read one of the books which have been published by FLDS refugees (this one was "Stolen Innocence") and I am convinced that something like this really does need to be done, evenif the legal justifications are rather flimsy. Calling it a "cult" is if anything an understatement; the FLDS has become something like a miniature totalitarian state, with Jeffs playing the role of Big Brother.
Nov 28, 2012 10:07 PM CST
Those humans and zombie entities who claim publicly that they realy want to save "children" then they should start such a task in the bowels of inner cities of this land ,in the suburbs where only "sign of life is a television with lies spewing out of it and where the birds don't sing but stereos blast ,where the people smile and talk only when their ear is glued to a cell phone , where the the human expression of love and friendship are subject to political correctness and are therefore silent ,where the canned laughter is the toxic image of song of a soul. In a ghettos of all colors where fatherless children gather on a street corners to let the dogs tear each other up ,,where the mechanical toys steal our life force ,where the mechanical life is sold shamelessly as the American dream to confused and lonely , where the endless hunt for money and power is poisening any purpose of human life as offered to us by the Creation . I don't know much about Mr. Jeffs and his plan and vision and neither do you,the chained barking dogs will always swallow and excrate that which is the only dog food allowed to them. If you believe , and desperately want to believe , that the children of this unknown life needed to be subjucted to the cruel violence of the powerful and insane , rather then loving care of their mothers and families , the drones above your heads will only assist you further in your walk to hell. for the "dust you are and in dust you shall return " .
Nov 28, 2012 9:40 PM CST
What about considering seizing the real property of J. Paterino, J. Sandoofsky, B. Madock and the all of the real property owned by the Catholic Churches Incorporated? They all, directly or indirectly, knowingly facilitated serial child molestation, serial child abuse and serial child neglect and sucessfully covered up criminal activities against children for decades. I could careless if any spouse of these criminals are made HOMELESS. They should considered themselves very %$#$ lucky that they too are not imprisoned as co-conspirators. It seems to be big money in serial child molestation because all of the above-mentioned criminals appear to be extremely wealthy.