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RelatedPolygamous sectJul 16:FLDS fiduciary defends cow sale decisionJul 13:Texas FLDS raid: Defense attorney alleges search too broad, evidence taintedJul 1:FLDS attorneys: Fiduciary's proposal violates sect's beliefsFiduciary rejects FLDS land trust settlement proposal In its closing argument brief, the Texas Attorney General's Office said the FLDS defendants failed to make their case to throw out evidence seized from the Yearning For Zion Ranch.

The defendants failed to show they individually held or controlled any property at the ranch and thus have no standing to argue their privacy was violated in the search, the state's 14-page brief said.

The document was filed in June but released to the media Monday.

The state said law-enforcement officers had no reason to doubt the abuse claims, which fit with what they already knew about the sect.

The state specifically defended actions of Texas Ranger Brooks Long, saying he accurately portrayed what he knew and included all relevant facts Behind the Scenes Find out what it's like to cover polygamy in writer Brooke Adams' blog and in photographer Trent Nelson's blog.

in an affidavit used to get a search warrant.

It was not until 10 days after officers entered the ranch that Long learned calls to a Texas crisis hotline had come from outside the ranch, the brief states.

In addition, officers found further evidence of alleged crimes in "plain view" as they searched the ranch, including evidence of bigamy and sexual assault of children.

"Given the facts and circumstances of the YFZ Ranch property, and the nature of the allegations made by the outcry victim, the description of the places to be searched [in the warrants] were sufficiently specific," the state contends.

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