Polygamist Custody Hearing Resumes after 40 Minute Recess

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Today's hearing in San Angelo has resumed as a judge considers custody of 416 children removed from a Polygamist ranch in West Texas.

Judge Barbara Walther called a recess 40 minutes after the hearing began.

She wanted to allow the 350 or so lawyers spread out in two buildings to read the evidence and decide whether to object en masse or make individual objections.

The hearing resumed about an hour later. 

The lawyers represent 416 children and dozens of parents from the Yearning For Zion ranch.

The renegade Mormon sect has been accused of forcing underage girls into Polygamous marriages.

The Tom Green County courtroom and a satellite courtroom - in the City Hall auditorium two blocks away - were jammed with dozens of mothers from the retreat.

A projector set up on the auditorium's stage offered a live feed of the court proceedings.

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