A polygamous sect man convicted of sexual assault isn’t giving up his fight against the search warrant that led to a massive raid on the sect’s remote Texas ranch.
Attorneys for Michael Emack, 60, filed a motion for rehearing in the Texas Third Court of Appeals this week, according to court records.
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Last year, Emack pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting an underage girl he took as a plural wife. But he appealed his conviction, arguing not that he was innocent, but that a 2008 raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado was illegal because it was sparked by a hoax phone call from a Colorado woman pretending to be an abused 16-year-old wife.
In that raid, authorities collected evidence against him and 11 other members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including sect leader Warren Jeffs.
Last August a Texas Appeals Court upheld Emack’s conviction, saying that the 2008 searches of the Yearning for Zion Ranch were legally justified.
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