No New Lawyers For Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A judge has ordered all of the attorneys retained recently by polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs to be ready to represent him when his sexual assault trial begins Monday.

Jeffs was in court Wednesday with his latest new attorney, Deric Walpole, who asked Judge Barbara Walther permission to represent Jeffs, the San Angelo Standard Times reports. But Walpole said he could only take the case if it were delayed six months.

Walther wouldn't delay the trial and ordered all past lawyers Jeffs has retained be ready to represent him. Walope wanted to replace Jeffs' Fort Worth-based attorney, who asked to be excused July 7 at Jeffs' request.

Jeffs also fired an Austin attorney in January. Lawyers from Houston and Dallas have also represented him - but only briefly.