Tribpedia: Eldorado Polygamist Raid

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The Eldorado polygamist raid is a 2008 event where state child welfare workers raided a West Texas polygamist ranch, taking 400 kids in custody over allegations they were being sexually abused and forced into underage marriages. To date, all of the seized children have been returned to their parents. 

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AG Seeks to Seize Polygamist Ranch

FLDS members arriving at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas for the first day of court hearings on the custody of the hundreds of children taken by the state of Texas from the compound on April 17, 2008.
FLDS members arriving at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas for the first day of court hearings on the custody of the hundreds of children taken by the state of Texas from the compound on April 17, 2008.

The Texas attorney general's office is pursuing legal action to seize the West Texas ranch owned by the polygamist sect led by Warren Jeffs, who is serving life in prison for sexually assaulting young girls.  

FLDS sect members arrive at the Tom Green County Courthouse in 2008 for a court hearing on hundreds of children taken into state custody.
FLDS sect members arrive at the Tom Green County Courthouse in 2008 for a court hearing on hundreds of children taken into state custody.

Utah Court Ruling Could Speed Jeffs' Texas Trial

The Utah Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to reverse polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs’ felony rape convictions has opened the door for his prosecution here — and has likely made it easier to extradite him to Texas.

Greg Abbott (left), Craig Watkins (right)
Greg Abbott (left), Craig Watkins (right)

Dallas DA's Refusal of AG Assistance a Rare Move

Depending on whom you ask, Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins’ repeated refusal to allow Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott into a local corruption investigation is either bold or stupid. Either way, it’s unusual. Abbott has offered prosecution assistance to local district attorneys 226 times since 2007, when lawmakers first gave him permission to do it. In all but 16 cases, he’s been invited in. And Watkins didn't decline politely.