Civil Liberties

Texas Moves to Seize Polygamous Leader's Ranch

State accuses Warren Jeffs of laundering money to pay for hideout


The office of the Texas attorney general announced today that it was taking steps to try to seize the ranch of polygamous leader Warren Jeffs.

Reporting from Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Texas authorities claim the ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was bought with laundered money. The Texas Attorney General alleged that the 1600 acre property was purchased to 'establish a remote outpost where they could insulate themselves from criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting children.'