Cost of West Texas Polygamist Raid: $14 Million

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The cost of the April raid on a polygamist compound in West Texas is expected to top $14 million, about one-third of it in lawyers' fees.

That's according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which obtained more than 400 pages of invoices, e-mails and other state records from an open-records law request.

The biggest chunk of spending is expected to stem from court proceedings after the state seized about 460 children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch near Eldorado, which is owned by the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The state expects to pay nearly $4.5 million in legal fees, including paying for lawyers who represented the state and others appointed by judges to represent the children.

A state district judge in San Angelo first gave custody of the children to the state child protective services agency, but the Texas Supreme Court later returned the children to their parents.


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