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COPY-Hearing resumes in polygamist case

Associated Press - April 17, 2008 2:43 PM ET

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A court hearing has resumed in Texas, where a judge will be deciding what happens to hundreds of children who were seized from a polygamist compound.

Shortly after the hearing began this morning, Judge Barbara Walther called a recess, to let the 350 lawyers read the evidence and decide whether to object as a group or individually. The hearing resumed about an hour later.

The lawyers are represesnting the 416 children and dozens of parents from a renegade Mormon sect that is accused of forcing underage girls into polygamous marriages.

Dozens of the mothers are gathered at the courtroom and at a satellite courtroom nearby. Those who are in the courtroom itself have been sworn in as witnesses.

Outside, a man who says he's a father of some of the children waved a photo of himself surrounded by four young children, in an effort to show they were not being abused. He said, "These children are all smiling, we're happy."

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