Key players involved in the Texas FLDS case

The Salt Lake Tribune/April 16, 2008

  • A 16-year-old girl, according to officials, told a family violence shelter in multiple calls on March 29 and 30 that her polygamous husband was physically and sexually abusing her at the YFZ Ranch, once breaking her ribs. She said she has a baby and is pregnant. Current and former FLDS members and their attorneys assert the calls were a hoax.

  • Dale Evans Barlow, the Colorado City, Ariz., man named in Texas search warrant documents as the husband of a 16-year-old girl who told a family violence shelter she was being abused. Barlow denies knowing the girl; Texas officials have conceded he may not be the man they seek.

  • Schleicker County Sheriff David Doran, has developed a working relationships with leaders at YFZ Ranch while also receiving information from a confidential informant who is an ex-member of the sect.

  • Tom Green County District Judge Barbara Walther signed search warrants allowing officials onto the YFZ Ranch. She will oversee litigation over the children's futures.

  • Attorney Allison Palmer, assistant district attorney for the 51st District was involved in requesting search warrants for the YFZ Ranch. She has also served as a spokeswoman for District Attorney Steve Lupton.

  • Texas Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner has been the state's voice in describing and defending the state's position on the 416 FLDS childrentaken into custody.

  • Attorney Gary Banks, has appeared in court and prepared filings for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

  • Lawyers Randol Stout and Carmen Dusek are attorneys ad litem appointed by Judge Barbara Walther to coordinate proceedings involving 416 children taken from the YFZ Ranch.

  • Merrill Jessop, bishop for the FLDS at the YFZ Ranch, has served as the community's liaison with Texas officials. Jessop, Isaac Jeffs and Lyle Jeffs have been granted the legal right to challenge the sweeping search of the YFZ Ranch.

  • Isaac Jeffs, brother of FLDS sect leader Warren Jeffs, who with Merrill Jessop, filed the initial challenge to the search warrants. Isaac Jeffs was with his brother at the sect leader's Nevada arrest in 2006.

  • Lyle Jeffs, bishop of the Short Creek Stake in Utah and Arizona. Attorneys say two of his children were taken during the raid.

  • Rod Parker, a Salt Lake City attorney representing the FLDS families in Texas. He has helped handle the sect's legal affairs in the past.

  • Kenneth Isenberg, a San Antonio attorney representing the FLDS sect.

  • Nathan Butler, a San Angelo attorney, represents Merrill Jessop.

  • Gerald Goldstein, a San Antonio attorney, is representing Lyle Jeffs.

  • Evan Pierce Jones, a San Angelo attorney, is representing Isaac Jeffs.

  • Amy Hennington, a San Angelo attorney, is representing FLDS fathers.

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