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  • 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...
  • Canadian civil liberties group: Polygamy ban should be 'relegated to scrap heap of history'

    04/04/2011 12:11:03 PM PDT · by massmike · 48 replies ^ | 04/04/2011 | n/a
    The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is calling for Canada's polygamy law that bans multiple marriages to be found unconstitutional and "relegated to the scrap heap of history." In written submissions filed Thursday, the association urged B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman to find that the law offends fundamental freedoms.
  • Warren Jeffs to President Obama: Let my people go or else!

    03/02/2011 7:55:35 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    ABC4 ^ | March 2, 2011 | Brent Hunsaker
      COLORADO CITY, AZ (ABC 4 News) - Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs of the FLDS Church is sending "A Warning to the Nation" that catastrophe awaits unless he is freed and the FLDS people get back control of the land in the United Effort Plan Trust. 600 Packets This warning reportedly targets members of Congress and the Obama Administration. Several sources in Colorado City, Arizona say Jeffs' followers mailed more than 600 packets to Washington D. C. The packets contained not only the Jeffs' warning, but also a 900 page petition signed by approximately 13,500 followers of Warren Jeffs. Of...
  • Word Of "Big Shakeup" In Polygamous Communties (Warren Jeffs at it again)

    02/23/2011 4:25:29 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 50 replies
    KUTV ^ | 2/22/11 | Brian Mullahy
    A purge may be underway in the polygamous communities of Hildale-Colorado City on the Utah-Arizona border. 2News has been told even men who were in FLDS leadership positions have been ousted from the sect. "There's a big shake up," said Isaac Wyler, long-time resident of Colorado City. "There are a lot of people who are shaken by what's happened with their families." Wyler was one of three people, close to the communities, who spoke to 2News Tuesday night. Perhaps as many as three dozen men have been told to leave over the past two months, and the orders to get...
  • B.C. probing child-trafficking charges in cross-border polygamous marriages

    02/19/2011 10:35:00 AM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Canadian National Post ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | Daphne Bramham
    VANCOUVER — In 2005, two fathers from the fundamentalist Mormon community of Bountiful, B.C., drove their 12-year-old daughters across the U.S. border. They went separately and, in one case, the girl’s mother went along. The purpose of the trips? Marriage, according to documents filed in B.C. Supreme Court Friday. The girls were “sealed for time and eternity” in religious ceremonies to Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints... The ceremonies took place in the FLDS-controlled twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. In one case, both the girl’s mother and...
  • FLDS man pleads guilty to sex charges in marriage of cousin

    02/18/2011 6:40:13 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies ^ | Feb. 18,. 2011 | Emiley Morgan
    ST. GEORGE — A man charged with rape following his "spiritual marriage" to a 14-year-old cousin pleaded guilty to reduced charges... Allen Glade Steed, 29...originally facing a single charge of rape, a first-degree felony, pleaded guilty to solemnization of a prohibited marriage, a third-degree felony, and entered a plea in abeyance to a second charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, also a third-degree felony... "Allen will truly never understand the magnitude of the scars that I will carry for the rest of my life. And Warren Jeffs will never understand the scars and the ways that he has...
  • DiManno: Bountiful woman describes life in her ‘Eden’ (Traditional Mormonism)

    02/14/2011 4:22:22 PM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    The Star ^ | Jan 27 2011 | Rosie DiManno
    She met her husband for the first time half-an-hour before they married. By that evening, they were driving the 18-hour trip up to the Canadian border where she entered as a visitor, claiming to be staying with friends. No, no, not a lie. “My husband was my friend.’’ She had just turned 17 and was wife No. 3 to a man “in his late 30s or early 40s,” a fellow of high standing in Bountiful, the secretive hamlet populated almost exclusively by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a breakaway polygamous Mormon sect in...
  • Church put fear in babies with torture: witness [fLDS - Open]

    01/19/2011 5:37:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 172 replies
    National Post ^ | Jan. 13, 2011 | Daphne Bramham
    Water torture of babies is one way some members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day instil fear of authority, a former member testified Wednesday. "It's quite common," Carolyn Blackmore Jessop told the constitutional reference case to determine whether Canada's polygamy law is valid. "They spank the baby and when it cries, they hold the baby face up under the tap with running water. When they stop crying, they spank it again and the cycle is repeated until they are exhausted." It's typically done by fathers and it's called "breaking in," she said. Ms. Jessop, who is...
  • 'Sister Wives' family moves from Utah to Nevada

    01/18/2011 6:29:06 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP/WaPo ^ | 1/18/11 | Jennifer Dobner
    A Utah polygamous family whose reality TV show launched a criminal bigamy investigation has moved out of state. In an e-mail to The Associated Press, the Washington-based attorney who represents the family, Jonathan Turley, said Kody Brown has moved his family of four wives and 16 kids to Nevada to pursue new opportunities. The family is featured on the TLC reality show "Sister Wives." The show first aired in the fall and triggered an investigation by Lehi police into allegations of bigamy. "There were no pending charges against them in Utah," Turley wrote. "I see no legal reason why their...
  • The True Cost of Polygamy

    01/16/2011 5:41:20 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 95 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/14/11 | Angela Lash
    An article from guest author Angela Lash The True Cost of Polygamy Mainstream Mormons (also known as Latter Day Saints) denounced polygamy officially in 1890 but members of fundamentalist sects of Mormonism (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) are doing all they can to make this “alternative lifestyle” acceptable. Using the freedom of religion clause from the 1st amendment, adherents say plural marriage is their right. One such community (of many spread throughout the western United States, Mexico and Canada) is Colorado City, AZ. There, the first amendment is used as cover for molestation, statutory rape, and government fraud. Jon Krakauer, in...
  • Mormons split over polygamy practice, expert says at trial

    01/06/2011 10:02:12 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 87 replies · 2+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 5 Jan 2011 | Daphne Bramham
    Even though the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounced polygamy in 1890, a religious studies expert says that mainstream Mormons are nearly evenly split over whether it should continue to be practised. W. John Walsh said Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court that the LDS church's official position remains that polygamy is banned, but that it's possible that somewhere between 50 and 60 per cent of the church's members "would like a return of polygamy, which they see as a holy practice." The other half would not like to see a return of polygamy and deem it to...
  • Warren Jeffs returned to Texas to face bigamy case

    12/02/2010 5:09:54 AM PST · by humblegunner · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | TERRI LANGFORD
    Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs faced a Texas judge Wednesday more than two years after authorities discovered his followers married underage girls at an Eldorado ranch, prompting the removal of 438 children, the largest child custody case in U.S. history. A wan Jeffs, 54, appeared before state District Judge Barbara Walther in San Angelo where he was arraigned on three charges involving two underage brides, unidentified girls who were 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged crimes. He's accused of sexually assaulting one girl in 2005 and committing bigamy and aggravated sexual assault with the other girl in...
  • (BC) Prohibition, not polygamy itself, is oppressing the women of Bountiful: prof

    12/02/2010 5:27:43 AM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies · 1+ views
    CJBK News Radio ^ | 12/1/2010
    VANCOUVER - A legal expert who interviewed women living in a polygamous community in British Columbia says the law against multiple marriages keeps them isolated and unable to seek outside help if they need it. Law professor Angela Campbell of McGill University is in a B.C. court testifying at a constitutional reference case on polygamy, a day after the federal and provincial governments attempted to block her controversial opinions. Campbell visited Bountiful in 2008 and 2009 and spoke with a number of women, including wives living in plural marriages. She says the women were aware that polygamy is illegal, but...
  • Warren Jeffs extradited to Texas to stand trial

    12/01/2010 8:34:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/1/2010 | Ashley Hayes
    After a legal battle that wound up before the Utah Supreme Court, polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was extradited from Utah to Texas to stand trial on sexual assault and bigamy charges, according to authorities in both states. Jeffs left the custody of the Utah Department of Corrections before 4 p.m. Tuesday, department spokesman Stephen Gehrke said Wednesday. The Texas attorney general's office issued a statement saying that Jeffs arrived in San Angelo, Texas, at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. "Law enforcement officers with the Texas Rangers and the Texas attorney general's office escorted Jeffs to the state after taking custody...
  • Canada would become magnet for polygamy if law struck down, court told

    11/23/2010 4:15:04 AM PST · by Loyalist · 15 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | November 23, 2010 | Wendy Stueck
    Striking down Canada’s polygamy law would make the country a magnet for polygamous immigrant families and open the door to societal harms resulting from the practice, a lawyer for the B.C. government said in opening remarks for a landmark case. “The challengers [to the law] all urge the court to make Canada the sole Western nation to decriminalize polygamy,” Crown lawyer Craig Jones told a packed Vancouver courtroom Monday. “The reasonably apprehended result would be an influx of polygamous families who are presently barred from the country in addition to the practice’s domestic growth.” Evidence to be heard in the...
  • Mitchell played role of Satan, former co-worker testifies

    11/16/2010 12:42:49 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 10 replies ^ | November 16th, 2010 @ 11:47am | By Pat Reavy
    Home SALT LAKE CITY — A former co-worker testified Tuesday that Brian David Mitchell could convincingly play the role of Satan. Doug Larsen said he worked with the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in the late 1980s at O.C. Tanner and got to know him well because of their many common interests, particularly religion. He referred in his testimony Tuesday to the story of the creation that is depicted in temple ceremonies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and said Mitchell once worked as an actor playing the role of Satan. Larsen said fellow temple workers...
  • Legalized polygamy opens the door to theocracy

    10/22/2010 5:53:55 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 51 replies
    Montreal Gazette/Vancouver Sun ^ | Oct. 21, 2010 | Daphne Branham
    It's not surprising that breakaway Mormons say they love their polygamous lives in the affidavits they've sworn to support their position that practising it is their constitutional right. What is surprising is that the affidavits are steeped in the myth of persecution. Filed in advance of the constitutional reference case, which is scheduled to be heard starting Nov. 22 in B.C. Supreme Court, they reveal that almost all of the breakaway Mormons say they live in fear of being jailed or having their children taken away from them. Yet, the first time such men were charged in Canada with polygamy...
  • AZ seeks emergency hearing on twin polygamy towns

    07/14/2010 2:43:09 PM PDT · by T Minus Four · 15 replies ^ | July 14th, 2010 | AP
    AZ seeks emergency hearing on twin polygamy towns July 14th, 2010 @ 12:32pm SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Arizona attorney general's office has asked a Utah judge for an emergency hearing on the rising tensions between residents of twin polygamous communities on the Utah-Arizona border. The Thursday request comes in the wake of property-use disputes and allegations that police have failed to enforce the court-ordered authority of an accountant charged with managing the United Effort Plan Trust. The trust holds nearly all the properties in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., the base of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus...
  • Jury finds FLDS man guilty in sexual assault case

    06/22/2010 4:51:53 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 32 replies · 1+ views
    San Angelo Standard-Times (Salt Lake Tribune) ^ | June 22, 2010 | Matthew Waller
    Eldorado, Texas • After being sent out to deliberate at 10:45 a.m., a Schleicher County jury returned a verdict of guilty for Abram Harker Jeffs at 11:40 a.m., in less than an hour. Jeffs, 39 and a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was charged with sexual assault of a child. He is the sixth FLDS member to be prosecuted on child sexual assault charges since a raid on the sect’s Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado two years ago. “In this case, we don’t have a car wreck or a snowstorm,” lead Prosecutor...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Mohave County judge dismisses charges against Warren Jeffs

    06/09/2010 5:34:36 PM PDT · by exbrit · 31 replies · 77+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 6/9/10 | Unspecified
    KINGMAN - The Mojave County Attorney's office confirmed late Wednesday that a judge has dismissed charges against Warren Jeffs. Jeffs was facing several charges of Sexual Conduct with a Minor. In the motion filed late Wednesday afternoon, the Mojave County Attorney outlined several reasons to dismiss the charges against the polygamist leader. Those include: Jeffs has already served more jail time than he would have served if convicted. Also, the paperwork says the State of Texas has much more serious charges lodged against Jeffs. And, some of the State's witnesses no longer wish to testify in the case.