FLDS leader Jeffs still without Texas attorney

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is still without a Texas attorney with only weeks until his scheduled trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault.

Jeffs on Wednesday told state District Judge Barbara Walther he "should have a decision" on a lawyer by next week. Richard Wright, a prominent Las Vegas attorney who has represented Jeffs in Arizona and Utah, was at the hearing but not allowed to participate because he is unlicensed in Texas.

Wright said he expects Jeffs to have a lawyer by the end of the month. Wright has told the court that many Texas attorneys have declined to take the case with the Jan. 24 trial date so close.

Jeffs is the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.