Feds to Raid Jeffs’s Polygamist Ranch

    FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Huntsville, Texas. A document filed Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 states that jailed polygamous sect leader Jeffs is seeking a new trial after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison on child sexual assault charges in Texas. Jeffs has filed a handwritten motion seeking a new Texas trial on child sexual assault charges, claiming his religious freedoms were violated by the courts.    (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

    Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File / AP Photo

    It's about time. The Texas attorney general's office is attempting to take ownership of Warren Jeffs's polygamist ranch in Eldorado, where prosecutors claim the convicted sect leader sexually assaulted children. State child-welfare workers initially raided the Yearning for Zion ranch in 2008, but after a lengthy court battle, the 400 children whom they had removed due to suspected sexual abuse were returned. Nine men, including Jeffs, were ultimately convicted of sexual assault and bigamy. A judge will determine whether the state can seize control of the property, a decision that hinges on proving the ranch was used to "commit or facilitate" crimes.

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