Arizona AG Says Only Most Loyal Picked for Texas FLDS compound

Staff Report

The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says only the most loyal members of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs' sect were picked to send to the sect's West Texas commune.

Because of that loyalty, Goddard and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff say it'll be hard to prosecute cases stemming from a week-long raid of the commune near Eldorado (ehl-duh-RAY'-doh), Texas.

Goddard says Jeffs set up the ranch in the West Texas scrub country to escape increasing scrutiny from officials in the two states. That's where the Mormon splinter group known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has primarily been based.

Goddard says those chosen to move there were the most fiercely loyal, calling them "Warren Jeffs' all-star cast."

The prosecutors say they've struggled for years to gain the trust of witnesses in abuse cases, but many young girls still refused to speak out.