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  • Retired prosecutor calls Casey Anthony attorney 'smarmy'

    11/15/2011 10:43:13 AM PST · by MizSterious · 11 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/15/2011 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER
    Retired prosecutor calls Casey Anthony attorney 'smarmy' In new book, he claims defense encouraged her not to cooperate with investigators By MIKE SCHNEIDER updated 11/15/2011 12:20:05 AM ET ORLANDO, Fla. — A retired prosecutor from the Casey Anthony murder trial calls her lead attorney "smarmy" in a new book. He writes that even though the Florida mother acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter "may have deserved" the death penalty if convicted, he didn't think a jury would ever agree to the punishment. Jeff Ashton writes in Tuesday's "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony," that he would have been happier if the...
  • Warren Jeffs' Wife Escapes Polygamist Community

    10/13/2011 9:57:18 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 31 replies
    Good Morning America via Yahoo ^ | October 13 2011 | JOHN QUINONES and KEVIN DOLAK
    Warren Jeffs' Wife Escapes Polygamist Community By JOHN QUINONES and KEVIN DOLAK | Good Morning America One of the wives of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who is currently serving a life sentence for child sexual assault, has escaped the confines of the isolated Arizona community where his 85 other wives live. Arizona authorities have said that the 25-year-old woman who fled the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which was led by Jeffs, is now undergoing counseling and psychiatric care at a women's shelter. She was reportedly barefoot when she was found. The secluded community of the church...
  • OUR OPINION: Jeffs trial reveals gaps in government response to crimes

    08/29/2011 7:20:43 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 10 replies
    The San Angelo Standard Times ^ | August 27, 2011 | N/A
    OUR OPINION: Jeffs trial reveals gaps in government response to crimes Along with appalling evidence of Warren Jeffs' apparent repeated sexual abuse of children, the trial of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader revealed new areas that need to be addressed by state and federal lawmakers. Perhaps most frustrating has been the revelation that case workers have not been on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County in two years. That's despite the removal of more than 400 children from the ranch in 2008 in perhaps the largest child custody case in U.S. history....
  • Sect member loses appeal (Warren Jeffs' lines of appeal are being shut down)

    08/27/2011 7:51:33 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 22 replies
    The San Angelo Standard Times ^ | Friday, August 26, 2011 | Matthew Waller
    Sect member loses appeal By Matthew Waller Updated Friday, August 26, 2011 SAN ANGELO, Texas — The latest round in the legal fight over the imprisonment of polygamist sect members went to the state, but the fight may not be over. The Texas Third Court of Appeals in an opinion issued Friday upheld the conviction of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints member Michael Emack on a charge of child sexual assault that came from evidence from the Yearning for Zion Ranch raid in April 2008. In the next few weeks, the case could go to the...
  • FLDS officials indicted

    08/19/2011 8:30:24 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 18 replies
    The San Angelo Standard Times ^ | August 16, 2011 at 5:06 p.m. | Dave Hawkins
    FLDS officials indicted # By Dave Hawkins Special to the Standard-Times # San Angelo Standard Times # Posted August 16, 2011 at 5:06 p.m. SAN ANGELO, Texas — While polygamous sect prophet Warren Jeffs settles into his life prison sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting two underage girls, law enforcement officials continue applying pressure against alleged corruption in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, where the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is based. A 30-count criminal indictment returned by a Mohave County Superior Court Jury Aug. 4 in Kingman, Ariz., alleges misappropriation of public funds by Colorado...
  • FLDS Plans to Build Giant Monument of Warren Jeffs

    08/15/2011 8:33:51 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 45 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Sun, Aug. 14 2011 06:20 PM EDT | R. Leigh Coleman
    FLDS Plans to Build Giant Monument of Warren Jeffs By R. Leigh Coleman | Christian Post Reporter A flock of devoted followers within the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints are shunning the fact their leader was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting underage “wives.” The sect is reportedly making plans to construct a three-story statue in honor of the now convicted felon, which will tower over their isolated desert compound. FLDS members say they plan to erect a huge metal monument to reflect the likeness of their imprisoned leader, Warren Jeffs, an anonymous source tells The Daily...
  • JEFFS TRIAL: Juror: Sentence not a difficult decision

    08/14/2011 10:15:05 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 9 replies
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | August 10, 2011 | Matthew Waller
    JEFFS TRIAL: Juror: Sentence not a difficult decision * By Matthew Waller * San Angelo Standard Times * Posted August 10, 2011 at 4:26 p.m., updated August 10, 2011 at 8:16 p.m. SAN ANGELO, Texas — Mary Harris didn't want to talk about her experience as a juror when she got home. Her husband, Dan Harris, said that when she returned after the 13-day trial of Warren Jeffs, she didn't say a word about it. "She was out in the garden all day," he said. Nor did her daughter Nina Reid hear much about the jury experience, other than her...
  • RCMP prepare to visit U.S. as part of polygamy investigation (more fLDS fallout)

    08/10/2011 9:29:26 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 22 replies
    CTV News ^ | Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 8:24 PM ET | The Canadian Press
    RCMP prepare to visit U.S. as part of polygamy investigation The Canadian Press Date: Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 8:24 PM ET VANCOUVER — The RCMP is preparing to head to Texas to look for more than two dozen brides from Bountiful, B.C., who were allegedly sent across the border as teens to marry older men, including a polygamous leader now facing a life sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage girls. The Mounties launched a new criminal investigation into Bountiful earlier this year after a constitutional case examining Canada's anti-polygamy law heard allegations of cross-border marriages in the 1990s and early...
  • Time for Jeffs' attorney to mitigate the penalty; Lawyer: Religion to be defense

    08/08/2011 8:41:57 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 58 replies · 1+ views
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | August 7, 2011 at 9:56 p.m | Matthew Waller
    Time for Jeffs' attorney to mitigate the penalty Lawyer: Religion to be defense * By Matthew Waller * San Angelo Standard Times * Posted August 7, 2011 at 9:56 p.m., updated August 7, 2011 at 10:43 p.m. SAN ANGELO, Texas — Warren Jeffs' trial could end this week, depending on what a defense attorney chooses to do for the punishment phase of the polygamous sect leader. The prosecution said it had about two solid days of testimony when the punishment phase of Jeffs' trial started late Thursday. Earlier that day, Jeffs, 55, the leader and "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church...
  • Former FLDS members testify through tears in Jeffs' trial

    08/07/2011 11:21:03 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 14 replies
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | August 6, 2011 at 11:21 p.m. | Matthew Waller
    Former FLDS members testify through tears in Jeffs' trial * By Matthew Waller Scripps Newspapers * Abilene Reporter-News * Posted August 6, 2011 at 11:21 p.m. SAN ANGELO — Tears flowed from witnesses brought to testify against Warren Jeffs on Saturday. The 55-year-old leader of the polygamy-sanctioning Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints wasn't present when the man and woman struggled with emotions on the witness stand. After being convicted of two counts of sexual assault of a child Thursday, with girls 12 and 15 years old, Jeffs has chosen to remain out of the courtroom and...
  • WARREN JEFFS TRIAL: State shows bed photos; Jeffs leaves court during testimony

    08/06/2011 7:48:37 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 97 replies
    The San Angelo Standard Times ^ | August 5, 2011 | Matthew Waller
    WARREN JEFFS TRIAL: State shows bed photos; Jeffs leaves court during testimony Jeffs leaves court during testimony * By Matthew Waller * San Angelo Standard Times * Posted August 5, 2011 at 4:06 p.m., updated August 5, 2011 at 9:56 p.m. SAN ANGELO, Texas — Warren Jeffs didn't want to be in the courtroom when the state presented evidence against him for the sentencing phase of his trial. His former lead attorney returned to represent him while Jeffs was voluntarily absent. So Jeffs, the leader and "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, didn't see...
  • Sentencing phase begins after Warren Jeffs found guilty

    08/05/2011 7:45:51 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | August 4, 2011 at 10:41 p.m. | Matthew Waller and Kiah Collier
    Sentencing phase begins after Warren Jeffs found guilty * By Matthew Waller and Kiah Collier Scripps Newspapers * Abilene Reporter-News * Posted August 4, 2011 at 10:41 p.m. SAN ANGELO — With two guilty verdicts in hand, the state of Texas is pressing ahead into the penalty phase of the Warren Jeffs trial in San Angelo. After a 10-woman, two-man Tom Green County jury found the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints guilty as charged of one count of sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child,...
  • Polygamy Meets Big Brother

    08/04/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 173 replies
    Daily Beast via Yahoo ^ | August 3, 2011 | Carol McKinley
    Polygamy Meets Big Brother The West Texas jury deciding the fate of polygamy cult leader Warren Jeffs listened through headphones to 21 minutes of heavy breathing yesterday. Some in the room wept. Others held their hands over their mouths. The X-rated recording, a cornerstone of the state’s child-sex-assault case, allegedly chronicled Jeffs’ encounter with a 12-year-old girl, an episode that ended with the self-proclaimed prophet declaring, “In Jesus Christ, amen.” The jurors heard an almost inaudible voice. “Amen,” echoed the child. It got worse. According to prosecutors, Jeffs and his new “celestial wife” were not alone. A dozen of his...
  • Prosecution close to resting case against Jeffs

    08/03/2011 9:46:46 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 56 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 3, 2011 | WILL WEISSERT
    Prosecution close to resting case against Jeffs AP By WILL WEISSERT - Associated Press SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors are still questioning their final witness in the Texas trial of a polygamist leader accused of sexually assaulting two girls he took as brides during so-called spiritual marriages. Texas Ranger Nick Hanna was on the stand for a second day Wednesday, and prosecutors were close to resting their case against Warren Jeffs. The 55-year-old leads the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.
  • Jury hears tapes of polygamist discussing sex

    08/02/2011 6:11:32 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 99 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 2 2011 | WILL WEISSERT
    Jury hears tapes of polygamist discussing sex APBy WILL WEISSERT - Associated Press San ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors played two audio recordings Tuesday of a polygamist sect leader instructing his 14-year-old "spiritual wife" and several other young women on how to please him sexually, and thus win favor with God. Warren Jeffs, 55, is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. He is accused of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, he took as brides in what his church calls "spiritual marriages." A forensic analyst...
  • Whatever happens to Warren Jeff -- the media Is already guilty

    08/01/2011 6:32:39 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 127 replies
    Arizona Family ^ | July 31, 2011 | Mike Watkiss
    Whatever happens to Warren Jeff -- the media Is already guilty by Mike Watkiss azfamily.com Posted on July 31, 2011 at 4:53 PM Updated yesterday at 4:54 PM SAN ANGELO, Texas - The story of Warren Jeffs and polygamy in America did not start when Texas Rangers raided the YFZ Ranch and it will not end with Mr. Jeffs' trial here in San Angelo. The truth is, the history is long and the stories plentiful enough to fill-up libraries. But listening to many of the talking heads on the networks and cable shows these days, you would think that they...
  • Jeffs' rambling provides courtroom theater

    07/31/2011 9:25:36 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 18 replies
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | July 30, 2011 | KIAH COLLIER
    Jeffs' rambling provides courtroom theater * By Kiah Collier * San Angelo Standard Times * Posted July 30, 2011 at 7:16 p.m. SAN ANGELO, Texas — We all expected Warren Jeffs' trial to be interesting. What we didn't expect was for it to get so interesting so fast. On Thursday, the first big bomb dropped. Jeffs fired his seasoned, high-profile defense team and delivered a mostly incoherent 30-minute speech in which he asked for more time to prepare the "pure defense" he said his attorneys could not provide. Jeffs firing his attorneys was surprising, but not necessarily an unexpected move:...
  • Canadians keep close eye on polygamist's trial (Warren Jeffs trial)

    07/30/2011 6:29:50 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 29 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 30, 2011 | Thane Burnett
    Canadians keep close eye on polygamist's trial Assault of minors — not polygamy — focus of trial, though bigamy case could follow By Thane Burnett ,QMI Agency First posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011 12:00:01 EDT AM Polygamy sect leader Warren Jeffs is now trying to get 10 more women to see things his way. They’re members of the Texas jury — along with two men — watching over his ongoing sexual assault trial. The case against the 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) — and tied to the polygamist community in Bountiful, B.C....
  • Judge says polygamist leader can represent himself (Warren Jeffs trial)

    07/28/2011 4:07:36 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 66 replies
    MySA.com ^ | July 28, 2011 | WILL WEISSERT,
    Judge says polygamist leader can represent himself WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Updated 04:34 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2011 SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs dismissed his high-powered defense team and began representing himself Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to delay the start of his sexual assault trial. With opening statements set to begin, the 55-year-old ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said he had spent extensive time training his lawyers, but they weren't able to present "a pure defense." He then pleaded for more time to prepare the case...
  • Motion to be heard in Jeffs' trial

    07/27/2011 7:37:20 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 23 replies
    Motion to be heard in Jeffs' trial July 27th, 2011 @ 7:28am By ksl.com SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A jury has been selected, but the trial of polygamist religious sect leader Warren Jeffs won't have opening statements without at least one more hearing. And, a Utah woman whose testimony was central in a previous case against Jeffs is saying his case in Texas will be shocking. Jeffs' defense has filed a motion to suppress evidence. They argue that the evidence seized during a raid on the Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas, was not properly obtained. However, the same...
  • Warren Jeffs' Sexual Assault Trial Set To Start Monday

    07/25/2011 9:22:55 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 24 replies
    Click on Detroit ^ | July 25, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    Warren Jeffs' Sexual Assault Trial Set To Start Monday By the CNN Wire Staff POSTED: Monday, July 25, 2011 UPDATED: 10:01 am EDT July 25, 2011 (CNN) -- Jury selection in the sexual assault trial of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs will begin in Texas on Monday, nearly a week after his motion to remove a judge assigned to him was denied. Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of bigamy stemming from a 2008 raid on a ranch operated by his church. Authorities raided the Yearning For Zion ranch near Eldorado,...
  • Polygamist leader’s request to remove judge denied

    07/20/2011 8:22:35 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 32 replies
    News-Journal (Longview) ^ | July 20, 2011 | N/A
    Polygamist leader’s request to remove judge denied SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A visiting judge on Tuesday denied polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs’ second attempt to remove the West Texas judge overseeing his upcoming sexual assault trial, this time because of alleged bias after she made calls to inquire about progress in the case and accepted extra police protection because of threats associated with it. Judge John Hyde of Midland listened to more than five hours of testimony on Jeffs’ motion to recuse District Judge Barbara Walther during a hearing Monday but wrote a day later that much of it rested...
  • Casey Anthony: Stan Strickland calls Belvin Perry ‘the best judge around’

    07/09/2011 7:57:35 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 41 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July, 9 2011 | halboedeker
    Casey Anthony: Stan Strickland calls Belvin Perry ‘the best judge around’ Posted by halboedeker on July, 9 2011 9:53 AM Judge Stan Strickland was more than happy that he didn’t preside over the Casey Anthony murder trial and has nothing but praise for Chief Judge Belvin Perry. Strickland opened up in a revealing interview with WKMG-Channel 6’s Tony Pipitone last night. WESH-Channel 2 talked to Strickland by phone earlier Friday and he revealed his surprise at Anthony’s acquittal in the first-degree murder of her daughter, Caylee. But Pipitone sat down with Strickland, who raved over Perry. ”Judge Perry is an...
  • Oklahomans Outraged Over Ersland Conviction

    05/27/2011 6:21:20 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 89 replies
    KOCO.com ^ | May 27, 2011 | N/A
    Oklahomans Outraged Over Ersland Conviction Residents Ask Gov. Mary Fallin To Pardon Jerome Ersland POSTED: 5:51 pm CDT May 27, 2011 UPDATED: 6:07 pm CDT May 27, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some Oklahomans are outraged over the conviction of pharmacist Jerome Ersland, and they are turning to social media to voice their opinions. A jury found Ersland guilty of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Antwun Parker, sparking a backlash of citizens outraged with the verdict. Dozens of calls have been made to Gov. Mary Fallin's office along with messages posted on the governor's Facebook wall, asking...
  • Prosecutors in 'No Rush' to Complete Sister Wives Investigation

    11/22/2010 5:07:08 PM PST · by MizSterious · 11 replies
    People.com ^ | November 22, 2010 | Johnny Dodd
    Prosecutors in 'No Rush' to Complete Sister Wives Investigation By Johnny Dodd Monday November 22, 2010 05:40 PM EST Prosecutors in Utah, who have been investigating potential bigamy charges against Sister Wives stars Kody Brown and his four wives, have a message for fans of the TLC reality show: stay tuned. "We're in no rush to get this filed," says Donna Kelly, a deputy county attorney for Utah County. "You can expect a decision in the next 60 to 90 days."
  • Need help with my iPod files

    09/26/2010 9:29:14 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 28 replies
    N/A | 9/26/10 | Miz
    Some time back, just before my lung surgery, I got a nice laptop that holds tons more data than my old desktop. So I decided to phase out the desk top and keep the niftier laptop. The main problem is my iPod, or more precisely, its files. I need to somehow tranfer the files from the iPod to the laptop, but it doesn't seem to work that way? I have installed iTunes on my laptop, but rather than transfer the contents of my iPod to the laptop, it wants to wipe it clean. I have my little iPod (Nano, 16g)...
  • Mercy School opens new building in Oklahoma City (Muslim school)

    08/22/2010 10:18:31 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 13 replies
    Oklahoman Online (OKC) ^ | August 22, 2010 | CARLA HINTON
    Mercy School opens new building in Oklahoma City At the start of each school day, Muslim students kneel on large colorful prayer rugs and recite verses from the Quran. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, the young people learn Arabic, delve into Islamic studies and explore the holy book of their faith. Young girls wearing white hijabs talk animatedly in the hallways as they head to afternoon prayer. It's all happening at the new $9 million Mercy School complex which opened earlier this month just northwest of the intersection of Memorial Road and Santa Fe Avenue in northwest Oklahoma...
  • TCA: TLC Orders Polygamist Reality Show 'Sister Wives'

    08/06/2010 5:42:51 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 22 replies
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | 8/6/2010 | Stephanie Robbins
    TCA: TLC Orders Polygamist Reality Show 'Sister Wives' Seven-part series explores day-to-day life of Utah man, his three wives and 13 children By Stephanie Robbins -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/6/2010 12:20:02 PM TLC has ordered a seven-part polygamist reality series Sister Wives, the network announced Friday during the Discovery Communications portion of the TCA press tour.Each half-hour episode follows Kody Brown and his three -- soon to be four -- wives and their combine 13 children living day-to-day life in Utah.Peter Liguori, COO of Discovery Communicatoions, opened the Discovery portion and addresed the controversial nature of the new series.
  • Proposal Targets Oklahoma Militias

    04/21/2010 4:38:23 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 35 replies · 878+ views
    KOCO TV ^ | April 21, 2010 | N/A
    Proposal Targets Oklahoma Militias Lawmaker Says Militias, KKK As Big A Threat As Gangs POSTED: 10:57 am CDT April 21, 2010 UPDATED: 11:41 am CDT April 21, 2010 OKLAHOMA CITY -- A state lawmaker has proposed an amendment to legislation increasing the penalty for people involved in unauthorized militias or domestic-terror groups. "There has been a great deal of attention given to increasing the penalties for those involved in gang activity, and while I agree that gangs are terrorizing many communities, they are not the only such threat in our state," said state Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City. "In Oklahoma...
  • Lawmaker not fazed by FLDS ire

    12/26/2009 7:11:13 AM PST · by MizSterious · 8 replies · 557+ views
    Lawmaker not fazed by FLDS ire Hilderbran says Texas will protect girls By Trish Choate Saturday, December 26, 2009 Hate mail from a polygamist sect makes West Texas lawmaker Harvey Hilderbran happy and proud. The state representative is probably in for more feedback from members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He authored new laws in 2005 to send a message to those who built and inhabit a small FLDS city in his district: Don’t mess with Texas. The trials of 10 men from the Yearning for Zion Ranch compound near Eldorado are putting to...
  • Candidate apologizes for predawn robocalls

    12/03/2009 8:42:08 AM PST · by MizSterious · 9 replies · 431+ views
    The Norman Transcript ^ | December 02, 2009 12:15 am | Andrew Knittle
    Candidate apologizes for predawn robocalls By Andrew Knittle December 02, 2009 01:15 am — If you got an early morning robocall on Tuesday courtesy of R.J. Harris, a challenger to incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Cole for Oklahoma's fourth district, you weren't alone. Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, Harris, R-Norman, said robocalls made by automated calling service Robotalker began staggering out to about 3,000 Norman-area residents. "Obviously, that wasn't supposed to happen," he said. "It was a software malfunction and we apologize to anybody who was called." Harris, who also apologized on his campaign Web site on Tuesday, said about...
  • Bob Beckel just called Wilson a "Troglodyte"

    09/10/2009 8:20:21 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 86 replies · 2,405+ views
    Fox News (no transcript yet) | 9/10/09 | Bob Beckel
    Troglodyte? Calling a liar a liar now makes one a troglodyte?
  • Why a Texas Appellate Court Seriously Erred

    05/29/2008 9:43:07 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 186 replies · 4,306+ views
    FindLaw ^ | May 29, 2008 | Marci Hamilton
    ---Why a Texas Appellate Court Seriously Erred In Concluding that Texas Child Protective Services Should Not Have Rescued All of the Children at the FLDS CompoundBy MARCI HAMILTON ---- Thursday, May 29, 2008 Last week, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas, issued a very significant – and very seriously mistaken – ruling, In re Sara Steed et al.The case involved 38 women from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), who challenged the state’s removal of all the children from their FLDS compound in Eldorado, Texas when authorities entered on the basis of reports...
  • Walsh: Past time for FLDS to question their prophet

    05/28/2008 3:20:47 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 49 replies · 1,743+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 05/28/2008 | Walsh, Tribune Columnist
    Walsh: Past time for FLDS to question their prophet Tribune ColumnistSalt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated:05/28/2008 02:25:41 PM MDT Posted: 2:11 PM- The moment demanded a Raymond Burr flourish:     Still reeling from an appeals court ruling that cracked the foundation of the largest child welfare case in the country, Texas attorneys produced a photo just this side of kiddy porn - a lanky Warren Jeffs kissing a tiny, flat-chested girl "how a husband would kiss a wife."     That kind of courtroom drama only happens on "Perry Mason" or in a John Grisham novel. And Judge Barbara Walther,...
  • 'SHUDDER' BUG: CULT CREEP'S PHOTOS

    05/28/2008 9:00:37 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 177 replies · 1,554+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 28, 2008 | TODD VENEZIA
    'SHUDDER' BUG CULT CREEP'S PHOTOS By TODD VENEZIA May 28, 2008 -- Crazy polygamy cult leader Warren Jeffs likes to think of himself as a prophet - but new photos prove that that he's really a pervert. The shots show the jailed, 52-year-old leader of a renegade Mormon sect planting deep kisses on two of his underage "wives" - one of whom is 12 years old. The smiling, fresh-faced pre-teens - dressed in "Little House on the Prairie"-style garb typical of Jeffs' cult - are also depicted hugging him and being cradled in his arms as if he were...
  • The Kiss Of Jeffs

    05/27/2008 3:47:18 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 15 replies · 47+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | May 27, 2008 | N/A
    The Kiss Of Jeffs Creepy photos of jailed FLDS sect leader released in custody battle MAY 27--In what may be the creepiest court exhibits ever, Texas officials have released photos of imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs in intimate clinches with two underage girls. The photos, which you'll find on the following pages, were introduced Friday at a child custody hearing stemming from last month's raid at a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) compund. Jeffs, the former FLDS leader, was convicted last year of rape as an accomplice for forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry--and...
  • 'Gutless' politicians ignore polygamy

    05/26/2008 10:16:42 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 24 replies · 106+ views
    The Edmonton Journal ^ | Monday, May 26, 2008 | David Staples
    'Gutless' politicians ignore polygamy Religious practice turns women, children into property and must be stopped -- journalist   David Staples The Edmonton Journal Monday, May 26, 2008 Canadian politicians are refusing to enforce anti-polygamy laws and crack down on men with multiple wives, Vancouver journalist Daphne Bramham said Sunday."Politicians are too gutless to do anything about it," she told the national conference of the Canadian Association of Journalists in Edmonton.Teenaged girls are sent back and forth between fundamentalist Mormon colonies in Canada and the United States to be little more than "concubines" for older men, Bramham said.An elder prophet...
  • Utah, Texas laws are similar; FLDS population isn't

    05/25/2008 9:03:56 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 32 replies · 118+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 25, 2008 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Utah, Texas laws are similar; FLDS population isn't By Amy Joi O'DonoghueDeseret News Published: May 25, 2008 Could the raid on the FLDS ranch in Texas happen here? Critics of the April action accuse Texas of cowboy-style justice, trampling over constitutional rights by using lax laws that must be more liberal than other states. That general point of view received a boost this week when a Texas court of appeals ruled that child protective services authorities acted improperly when they removed all 400-plus of the YFZ Ranch children and subsequently placed them in foster care. However, the basic Texas...
  • Criminal investigation of polygamous sect unimpeded by court wrangling

    05/24/2008 5:23:27 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 93 replies · 528+ views
    American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2008 | Mike Ward
    Criminal investigation of polygamous sect unimpeded by court wrangling But officials say uncovering crimes is slow work By Mike WardAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Saturday, May 24, 2008 The state's decision to put hundreds of children from a polygamist sect into foster care bogged down in legal maneuvers this week, but authorities said Friday a criminal investigation into sexual-abuse allegations at the sect's West Texas ranch is moving ahead unimpaired. However, it's unlikely that any charges will be filed soon, officials said. "The Rangers and the DPS are methodically going through all the evidence," said Tela Mange, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department...
  • Elissa Wall Speaks Out About Her 'Stolen Innocence'

    05/16/2008 8:32:53 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 121 replies · 184+ views
    ABC News - 20/20 ^ | May 16, 2008 | JOSEPH DIAZ
    Elissa Wall Speaks Out About Her 'Stolen Innocence' Forced Into Marriage at 14, She Testified Against Polygamous Prophet Warren Jeffs By JOSEPH DIAZ May 16, 2008 — The recent raid on Warren Jeffs' Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas, which resulted in the removal of more than 400 children from their homes, has thrust allegations of widespread child abuse at the polygamous sect into the national spotlight. But one of the darkest secrets of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints unfolds at a seedy roadside motel in the remote Nevada desert, where underage girls --some...
  • Plural marriage has Utah promise (YFZ/FLDS Daily Thread - 5/11/08)

    05/11/2008 8:56:59 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 55 replies · 416+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 05/09/2008 | Kirk Johnson
    Plural marriage has Utah promise State law enforcement tells a forum it plans no anti-polygamy raids. By Kirk JohnsonThe New York Times Article Last Updated: 05/09/2008 10:55:09 PM MDT ST. GEORGE, Utah — Polygamy is probably here to stay. But child abuse in the polygamous world must be eradicated at all costs. That was the two-part message Thursday night from top state officials from Arizona and Utah, who spoke to a packed audience of fundamentalist polygamists and curious local residents. "We do not plan a raid to end polygamy," said Utah Attorney General Mark L. Shurtleff. "I know you're worried about...
  • Group Discusses Decriminalizing Polygamy (YFZ/FLDS Daily Thread - 5/10/08)

    05/10/2008 7:17:57 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 112 replies · 631+ views
    KUTV.com ^ | 5/09 9:41 pm | N/A
    Group Discusses Decriminalizing Polygamy Last Update: 5/09 9:41 pm It's outlawed under the Utah constitution and that's unlikely to change. But decriminalizing it could mean lesser penalties for bigamy convictions. “I think something needs to happen. Something needs to be changed. It needs to be decriminalized,” said Dorothy Allred Solomon. Solomon is the daughter of Rulon Allred she says she grew up in polygamy and said she had a happy childhood. Allred was murdered in 1977 in a hit ordered by rival polygamist Ervil Lebaron. “What happens when a way of life is outlawed is that it attracts outlaws. And...
  • Hand-scrawled records untangling family ties (YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread - 5/9/08)

    05/09/2008 7:06:21 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 88 replies · 267+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | 05/09/2008 | MICHELLE ROBERTS,
    Hand-scrawled records untangling family ties By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press 05/09/2008 SAN ANTONIO - Hand-scrawled records taken from a polygamist sect are helping untangle the spider-web network of family relationships at the Yearning For Zion ranch, where some husbands had more than a dozen wives.The church records offer a peek into an intricate culture in which men related to the sect's prophet, Warren Jeffs, enjoyed favored-husband status in the distribution of wives and all young women were married by 24. An analysis of the records, which authorities seized in a raid last month, show that by the time a...
  • Texas officials drafting plans for FLDS children (YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread - 5/8/08)

    05/08/2008 5:54:21 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 399 replies · 697+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 8, 2008 | Ben Winslow
    Texas officials drafting plans for FLDS children By Ben WinslowDeseret News Published: May 8, 2008 Texas child welfare authorities have begun drafting service plans for the children taken from the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch. "It's the plan that has to address the permanency," said Mary Walker, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. "Whether or not children will be unified with their parents or whether or not they will remain in foster care." Children and parents are being interviewed this week, and Texas Child Protective Services will make recommendations. A judge would ultimately sign...
  • Texas AG will prosecute any criminal cases from polygamous ranch raid(YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread-5/6/08)

    05/07/2008 5:55:49 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 56 replies · 132+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 05/07/2008 | Nate Carlisle
    Texas AG will prosecute any criminal cases from polygamous ranch raid By Nate Carlisle The Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated: SAN ANGELO, Texas - A judge has ordered the Texas attorney general's office to prosecute any future criminal cases connected to last month's raid on a polygamous sect's Eldorado ranch.     In a request filed Monday, Tom Green County District Attorney Stephen Lupton asked the state to step in. In a one-paragraph order issued the same day, a state judge instructed the attorney general to review any possible charges arising from two search warrants served on...
  • Parents seek Ottawa's help (YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread - 5/5/08)

    05/05/2008 6:44:40 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 69 replies · 543+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | May 5, 2008 | ROBERT MATAS
    Parents seek Ottawa's help Daughter is among children in custody after raid on compound in Texas ROBERT MATAS From Monday's Globe and Mail May 5, 2008 at 4:32 AM EDT SAN ANGELO, TEX. — The federal government should intervene to speed up the return to Canada of a 17-year-old girl who was apprehended during a raid of the Yearning For Zion polygamist compound in Texas, the parents' lawyer says.The Canadian teenager was among 463 children under 18 years old who were taken into custody during a raid of the isolated compound run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ...
  • Woman recalls life in polygamist sect (YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread - 5/4/08)

    05/04/2008 9:18:32 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 52 replies · 1,057+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 05.04.2008 | David Perlmutt
    Published: 05.04.2008 Woman recalls life in polygamist sect By David Perlmutt MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS CHARLOTTE, N.C. — She was raised by her father and his three wives, surrounded by 12 siblings. There was no TV, no radio. At school, she was taught that man never landed on the moon. She and other girls in the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were required to "keep sweet," free of jealousy or anger, or risk beatings or humiliation. And by the time Kathy Jo Nicholson turned 14, she was sewing her wedding dress, knowing that any day she could...
  • Colorado Woman Makes Plea To Sisters In Polygamist Compound (YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread - 5/3/08)

    05/03/2008 6:50:24 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 245 replies · 313+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | May 2, 2008 | Lane Lyon,
    Colorado Woman Makes Plea To Sisters In Polygamist Compound Story Of Arranged Marriages, Abuse Chronicled In New Book Lane Lyon, 7NEWS Reporter POSTED: 9:23 pm MDT May 2, 2008 UPDATED: 9:29 pm MDT May 2, 2008 DENVER -- When Texas authorities raided a polygamist compound last month, Laura Chapman took special interest."I thought about when I was little and thought about how I wanted to be adopted, and I wanted out of my family," Chapman said Friday.Now living in Durango, Chapman was born into a polygamist family in Utah.Chapman said she grew up on 6 acres in Sandy, a suburb...
  • Combating polygamous crime: Utah officials say they can handle it (YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread - 5/2/08)

    05/02/2008 7:44:32 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 55 replies · 3,576+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 05/02/2008 | Thomas Burr
    Combating polygamous crime: Utah officials say they can handle it Harry Reid calls for task force, but local officials say they have it coveredBy Thomas Burr The Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated:05/02/2008 02:47:25 AM MDT WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney for Utah and the head of the FBI's Salt Lake City field office said Thursday there should be no rush to establish a federal task force on polygamous crimes because existing partnerships already offer cross-agency cooperation.     "What's also lost in this debate is let's not ignore that just announcing a task force doesn't give you probable...
  • FLDS doctor denies abuse at YFZ Ranch (YFZ/fLDS Daily Thread - 5/1/08)

    05/01/2008 6:01:31 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 239 replies · 156+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 05/01/2008 | Heather May & Brooke Adams
    FLDS doctor denies abuse at YFZ Ranch By Heather May and Brooke Adams The Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated:05/01/2008 01:20:20 AM MDT The physician who cares for the polygamous community now in the national spotlight - and who has treated its prophet in a Utah jail - is described by his mentor as "very kind, very sensitive, very concerned."     Lloyd H. Barlow, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, graduated from the University of Utah's School of Medicine in 1995.     He completed a one-year internship in internal medicine...