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Judge Denies Request from Polygamist Leader

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona judge has denied a request from polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to force Texas authorities to fully answer questions about a 2008 raid.  

The raid happened last April at a sect compound in West Texas near Eldorado. Mohave County Judge Steven Conn says, in an April 3 ruling, that he wasn't sufficiently briefed on the matter and that the request could be reconsidered later.  

Jeffs lawyers want to know when Texas authorities found out that a fake phone call had triggered their raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound.  Several hundred children were removed from the ranch, although most were later returned to their parents.  

Defense lawyer Mike Piccarreta argues that the raid shows reckless disregard of the truth by Texas authorities.  Jeffs is awaiting trial in Arizona on four counts of being an accomplice to sexual conduct with a minor.

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