Typically, fundamentalist polygamists have tried to keep themselves exempt from the ways of "the wicked world." But the alleged crimes of polygamous patriarchs have eroded their insular world, placing polygamists under scrutiny. And patriarchs have retaliated. In the past week, a series of controversies have proved that polygamists can sling mud with the most seasoned politicians. When FLDS apostate Dan Fischer testified against his former sect before the Senate Judiciary Committee, sect attorneys filed fourteen affidavits from his children and his former plural wives accusing Fischer of lies, non-support, and abuse.