Skip to comments.Photos of Warren Jeffs and his wives emerge [NOW Utah interested!]
Posted on 08/10/2011 8:07:41 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
Fox 13 has obtained dozens of photographs of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and many of his so-called "brides."
The pictures were seized by law enforcement during the raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' YFZ ranch in Eldorado, Texas in 2008. In all, lawyers connected to the case have estimated that approximately 1.7 billion pages of evidence was taken in the raid.
Combined with diaries, audio recordings and dictations, Texas prosecutors painted a damning portrait of the FLDS leader that they showed to the jury.
"If the world knew what I was doing they would hang me from the highest tree, and they would do worse than that," Jeffs said of underage marriages in one of the dictations dated Jan. 25, 2004.
"I knew and understood him to be that kind of man," Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff told Fox 13 on Tuesday. "We just had to have that evidence to do it. Texas finally had that evidence."
The gargantuan amount of evidence could find its way to Utah, where prosecutors here are anxious to see it. Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap said he is "very interested" in seeing what Texas obtained.
Shurtleff said Texas has agreed to share the evidence, once it finishes with the trials of the remaining FLDS members charged in connection with underage marriages. Besides Jeffs, seven FLDS men have been sentenced to prison.
"We're anxious to get our hands on some of that evidence down there in Texas and see if there's any additional crimes that we may have to look at prosecuting here," Shurtleff said.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said that Jeffs was being evaluated to determine whether to place him in general population, safe keeping or protective custody.
Jeffs would not be considered for parole for at least 45 years, a prison spokesman said. He would be 100 years old when that would happen.
For his faithful followers, Jeffs will likely be viewed as a martyr, said an ex-FLDS member.
Fox 13 spoke to sources in the FLDS strongholds of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., who said there has been little -- if any -- reaction to Jeffs' Texas trial. Jeffs has forbidden his faithful followers from watching TV or checking the Internet, ex-FLDS members in the communities say, preventing them from hearing about the volumes of evidence presented against him.
Those faithful who are aware of the trial insist that it is a test of faith and told ex-members in the town that "God will intervene."
"The key is obviously getting the word to those members the truth...as to what kind of man Warren Jeffs is," said Shurtleff. "Not only did he abuse little girls, but he abused all of them."
Shurtleff would not rule out re-trying Jeffs in Utah, where his conviction on rape as an accomplice was overturned by the state's Supreme Court. Jessop, however, told Fox 13 she was skeptical if law enforcement would ever really address what she said was consistent, criminal behavior in Hildale and Colorado City.
"I think the same crimes will continue," Jessop said. "I think the only way that can change is if law enforcement in Utah and Arizona will actually enforce the law down there."
Now THERE is a weasel statement if I ever saw one. < scoff >
Bravo for the jurors in Texas, who gave this devil life plus 20 years! How shameful that Utah covered up this well-known pedophile’s crimes against children.
1.7 billion pages??? At 3,000 pages per foot, that would be approximately 107 miles of documents.
Warren being prepped for introductions to his new "compound mates" at Huntsville!
What should anybody expect from a Godless cult.
Pray for America
You know, I’ve had several Mormonism based polygamists as neighbors. They are such good people, very quiet and keep to themselves, law abiding and very, very socially conservative. They are strong defenders of gun rights. I just can’t understand why everybody is picking on them....they’ve been persecuted, targeted and hated for YEARS!
13!? how many more does he need to catch Joseph Smith?
They deserve their "freedom of religion" and the freedom to worship in their own way....[those little girls soon "get over it" and appreciate the opportunity to rise to the "celestial kingdom" as "worthy" servants of the lord!]
61And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthoodif any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse aanother, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else. Joseph Smith.
Oh yes, how could I have forgotten THAT! Sheesh...
Where us pedophilia mentioned in the Bible?
I think we need in this day & age some mock trials, convicting both Joseph Smith & Brigham Young & other Lds leaders, in abstentia.
We already have a Joseph Smith conviction on "glass looking" -- a charge essentially part of the flim-flams of his day. Smith could be charged with multiple counts of bigamy...destruction of property (Nauvoo Expositor)...smuggling of two weapons into a jail cell...predatory rape upon a minor by a person in spiritual authority...(16 yo Lucy Walker -- without consent of her father...her mother was dead)
Young: Bigamy & Accessory after the fact of Mountain Meadow Massacre; numerous other roles in murders, including Utah acts of war upon U.S. calvary; etc.
I can only think of two differences between the “L” DS and the “F” LDS.
One openly follows Joseph Smiths original teachings.
Hmmmmm....I can’t think of the other one.
There are at least two reasons why prosecution of mainstream LDS won’t happen.
Reid and Hatch
These are just off the top of my head at the moment. I am confident that I can think of many other crimes given a little more time and motivation. Nevertheless, I think you get my point.
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