Judge Who Ordered Removal of FLDS Children Under Guard

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The home of a Texas judge who ordered the removal of hundreds of children from a polygamist ranch in West Texas is under police guard.

The Deseret News in Salt Lake City reports in a copyright story today that the stepped-up security comes after Utah and Arizona authorities warned Texas to be on the lookout for polygamist "enforcers."

Police guarding state District Judge Barbara Walther's San Angelo home were given files and photos of 16 men and women whom Utah authorities have deemed a threat.  In April, Texas officials removed 440 children from a ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because of concerns the children were being abused. The Texas Supreme Court ruled that the children should be returned.

The newspaper reported that law enforcement has been on alert since an FLDS-related Web site published Walther's home address and work and home telephone numbers.  An attorney for the FLDS says police have nothing to worry about.