Police Fear Stonewall by Polygamist Settlers

Faithful see government as 'devil'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 8:35 AM CDT
The main temple on the Yearning For Zion Ranch, home of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Eldorado, Texas, Friday, April 11, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(Newser) – Warren Jeffs' hand-picked, devoted settlers may refuse to testify against his polygamist compound in Texas, officials fear—making it tough to win cases of suspected child abuse. "All these girls are taught from the cradle not to trust anybody from the outside—especially the government," Utah's attorney general said. "We're the beast. We're the devil."

People were sent to the Texas compound after a “culling” of the most devoted from communities along the Arizona-Utah border, the AP reports. "They started to escape to Texas" as Utah and Arizona began cracking down on the sects, said Arizona's attorney general. Police last week removed 416 kids from the compound after a teenager complained of rape and beatings by her "husband."