San Angelo Standard Times – FLDS Members to Testify at Legislative Hearing

Members of the polygamous sect whose Schleicher County compound was raided by Child Protective Services and law enforcement last April will testify Tuesday at a hearing in which legislators will review the state’s actions.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been invited to send a witness to the House Human Services Committee hearing on the raid, sect spokesman Willie Jessop said, but is still deciding who will testify for the group.

“They have given us a formal invitation to testify,” Jessop said. “We’re kind of in shock. … We’re pleasantly surprised.”

The FLDS will join the head of the department that led the April 2008 action and a leader of the legal group that fought it, among others, in testifying before the nine-member panel, which includes San Angelo Republican Drew Darby, a staunch supporter of the action.

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