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Court To Rule On Trial Date For Polygamist Leader

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Warren Jeffs watches the jury leave the courtroom to restart their deliberation in his trial 24 September, 2007 in St. George, Utah. (credit: Getty Images/Pool/AFP)

SAN ANGELO (AP) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is due in court to determine if his oft-delayed trial will begin July 25, as scheduled.

The Texas attorney general’s office says it hopes a judge decides Tuesday that the case will proceed as planned. Jeffs’ attorney Jeff Kearney wants more time to prepare.

The ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints appeared at a Monday hearing in San Angelo as his lawyer pressed to remove state District Judge Barbara Walther from his case.

He alleged Walther’s body language influenced jurors in past trials of sect members convicted of such crimes as sexual assault of a child and bigamy.

A visiting judge was expected to rule on the motion against Walther before deciding if the trial date will stand.

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