Texas Moves to Seize Warren Jeffs' Polygamist Ranch

Officials are taking steps to seize the ranch where they say Jeffs committed his crimes.
1:46 | 11/29/12

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We're going to turn to warren jeffs, the polygamous sect leader in jail for charges against two underaged girls. Abc's neal karlinsky has the story. Reporter: It was a once-gleaming symbol of a bizarre, hidden world. A texas compound where authorities say warren jeffs could make polygamy the law of the land. This morning, authorities want that land. The 1,600 acres that make up the yearning for zion ranch. In a filing, officials say they designed the compound 23r the rpose of facilitating and perpetrating offenses, including bigamy and sexual assault. Lisa wall is a former bride from the ranch. And says this is long overdue. I believe it's one more step for showing believerers of the flds and showing that the government is not going to stop. Reporter: Authorities say jeffs, who has since been convicted of assaulting his young bride, used the temple and features he personally designed. There was a table, that it will be made so it can be a table or it can be a bed. It will be covered with a sheet. But it will have a plastic cover, to protect the mattress from what will happen on it. We had rare access to the compound following a police raid in 2008. Do 14-year-old, 16-year-old girls get married here? We are talking about our children. Reporter: This morning, most of the compound's residents have already left. No word what will become of this place, a rural chunk of land, haunted by its past. For "good morning america," neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle.

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