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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.
  • Judge dismisses Ariz. charges against Warren Jeffs

    06/09/2010 5:47:06 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 2 replies · 21+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/9/2010 | FELICIA FONSECA
    <p>FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A Mohave County judge on Wednesday dismissed all Arizona charges against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.</p> <p>Judge Steven Conn granted a prosecutor's motion to dismiss the four charges of sexual misconduct with a minor with prejudice, meaning they cannot be refiled on the same set of facts.</p>
  • Summer movies: 'Sons of Perdition' profiles FLDS exiles

    05/01/2010 4:56:47 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 7 replies · 290+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 30, 2010 | Sean P. Means
    It's estimated that more than a thousand young men and women -- mostly men -- have escaped or been thrown out of the community known as "The Crick," the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., dominated by the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints sect. Getting those young adults to talk about their lives in and out of "The Crick" was difficult, say the filmmakers who have profiled some of those exiled teens for the documentary "Sons of Perdition." "The kids are taught that everyone outside their community is evil, especially those in the media," said Tyler Measom, who co-directed...
  • Government, social workers get course on polygamous culture

    04/23/2010 9:16:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 30 replies · 430+ views
    Fox News (Salt Lake City) ^ | April 22, 2010 | Ben Winslow
    <p>NEPHI, Utah - Child welfare protection workers, family crisis shelter workers, police officers and other government employees got a lesson in polygamous culture on Thursday. A group that works with people in fundamentalist Mormon communities is teaching them how to better respond to a situation involving someone from a polygamous community.</p>
  • FLDS members plead, get sentences [Texas]

    04/15/2010 3:39:07 PM PDT · by deport · 8 replies · 249+ views
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | 4-15-2010 | Matthew Waller
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — Two members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints pleaded no contest Thursday morning in San Angelo to charges that included sexual assault of a child. Lehi Barlow Jeffs, 31, took a plea deal for eight years in prison for sexual assault of a child who was bound to him in a nonlegal marriage when the girl was 15 years old. The assault itself, based on the birth of her child, was alleged to have occurred on Sept. 18, 2006. Jeffs also plead no contest to bigamy, having had three wives,...
  • Utah, Arizona law officers raid polygamous comm

    04/07/2010 5:37:29 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies · 603+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 7, 2010 | Brooke Adams and Mark Havnes
    Colorado City, Ariz. » Law officers swept into a polygamous community at the Utah-Arizona state line Tuesday as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of public funds by the local fire department. About 25 officers and investigators arrived in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., about 7:30 a.m. and served search warrants on the Colorado City Fire District's main station, three substations and homes of the fire chief and town manager. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said in a statement the investigation was aimed at "obtaining evidence of misuse of public funds as well as fraudulent schemes in connection...
  • Jessop sentenced to 75 years [FLDS - Texas]

    03/19/2010 5:07:39 PM PDT · by deport · 41 replies · 897+ views
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | March 19, 2010 | Matthew Waller
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — In the harshest sentence yet for members of a Texas polygamist group, a Tom Green County jury has sentenced Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, to 75 years in prison and imposed a $10,000 fine on one count of sexual assault of a child. The jury deliberated on the sentence from 10:30 a.m. today until 2:35 p.m. Jessop was convicted Wednesday on allegations that he illegally married and fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl while living at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County in 2006. He is a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church...
  • Texas jury finds FLDS man guilty in sexual assault case

    03/17/2010 1:56:48 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies · 346+ views
    San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | March 17, 2010 | Matthew Waller
    San Angelo, Texas » A Tom Green County jury deliberated 62 minutes today before finding Merril Leroy Jessop guilty of sexual assault of a child in connection with charges he illegally married an underage girl. Jessop, 35, is a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Earlier in the day, lead prosecuting attorney Eric Nichols gave the first closing argument. "You can conclude who that child's parents are beyond a shadow of a doubt," he said about the baby resulting from the alleged assault. Nichols recalled testimony of DNA experts who said Jessop had...
  • Judge denies FLDS motion for mistrial

    03/13/2010 3:19:46 PM PST · by delacoert · 2 replies · 316+ views
    San Angelo Standard-times ^ | 03/10/2010 | Matthew Waller
    San Angelo, Texas » Lawyers are in the final stages of seating a jury for the trial of Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints charged with sexual assault of a child. The attorneys have 36 people to choose from to seat 12 jurors and two alternates. One by one, potential jurors filed into Courtroom A of the Tom Green County Courthouse Tuesday morning to undergo individual questioning from lawyers. Eric Nichols, lead attorney for the prosecution, asked potential jurors whether they would be able to set aside whatever they...
  • An open letter to the Vancouver Sun - Mormon - (OPEN)

    02/17/2010 9:55:05 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 81 replies · 675+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | Joel Campbell
     An open letter to the Vancouver Sun By Joel CampbellPublished: 2010-02-17 00:19:10 Patricia Graham, EditorThe Vancouver Sun Dear Ms. Graham: I know you are busy with all of that Olympic stuff going on up there in British Columbia, but when the flame burns out here is something to consider about how you use the terms "Mormon" and "Mormon fundamentalist" in your reporting, particularly as Mormons open a new temple in Langley. As both a journalist and a Mormon, I am continually dismayed that the Vancouver Sun and associated CanWest wire service choose to describe the British Columbia polygamist group with...
  • Meet the FDLS man with 239 grandchildren - pic

    02/03/2010 8:22:43 AM PST · by Colofornian · 256 replies · 2,495+ views
    Daily Mirror ^ | Feb. 2, 2010 | Beth Neil
    Gathering Joe Jessop’s brood together for a group photo is a challenge for even the most patient of snappers. After all, there are five wives, 46 children and – at the last count – 239 grandkids to squeeze into the frame. That’s because the 88-year-old is the bed-hopping patriarch of one of the world’s most extraordinary families. Joe and his clan live in Short Creek, Utah, a 6,000-strong community of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a polygamous offshoot of the Mormon Church. Joe says: “My family came to Short Creek for the same reason...
  • The Polygamists

    02/03/2010 8:06:37 AM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies · 420+ views
    National Geographic ^ | February, 2010 | Scott Anderson
    SNIP THE PRINCIPLE of plural marriage was revealed to the Mormons amid much secrecy. Dark clouds hovered over the church in the early 1840s, after rumors spread that its founder, Joseph Smith, had taken up the practice of polygamy. While denying the charge in public, by 1843 Smith had shared a revelation with his closest disciples. In this "new and everlasting covenant" with God, plural wives were to be taken so that the faithful might "multiply and replenish the earth." After Smith was assassinated by an anti-Mormon mob in Illinois, Brigham Young led believers on an epic 1,300-mile journey west...
  • FLDS: 7 years handed down in plea deal (Polygamy)

    01/27/2010 8:26:55 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 308 replies · 1,752+ views
    Go San Angelo ^ | January 22, 2010 | Matthew Waller
    FLDS: 7 years handed down in plea deal Man accused of sex assault of child may appeal  Michael Emack, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, pleaded no contest to the accusation of sexual assault of a child Friday, was found guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Judge Barbara Walther of the 51st District Court asked Emack if he understood what the plea allowed him to do.“I believe it helps me maintain my dignity,” Emack said.He also said he understood that it allowed him to appeal. The court recognized that...
  • The Polygamists - FLDS: An exclusive look inside the FLDS

    01/17/2010 7:28:40 PM PST · by delacoert · 38 replies · 1,343+ views
    National Geographic ^ | February 2010 | Scott Anderson
      The Polygamists A sect that split from the Mormons allows multiple wives, expels The first church members arrive at the Leroy S. Johnson Meeting House in Colorado City, Arizona, at about 6 p.m. Within a half hour the line extends out the front doors, down the side of the building, and out into the parking lot. By seven, it stretches hundreds of yards and has grown to several thousand people—the men and boys dressed in suits, the women and girls in Easter egg–hued prairie dresses.The mourners have come for a viewing of 68-year-old Fo­neta Jessop, who died of...
  • Fundamentalist Mormon Sues the Queen

    01/15/2010 3:49:23 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies · 473+ views
    Court House News ^ | 14 Jan 2010 | DARRYL GREER
    VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - After its lengthy but unsuccessful bid to prosecute polygamists in Bountiful, the British Columbia government faces a lawsuit from Winston Blackmore, alleging unlawful prosecution of the embattled leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The state's charges were tossed by the British Columbia Supreme Court. Blackmore claims he suffered financial and business losses while defending himself, and that the charges were laid after the province's attorney general shopped around for a special prosecutor who would recommend charges despite the uncertain constitutional status of Canada's polygamy laws. After two special prosecutors declined to...
  • 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...
  • FLDS: State pleased with sentence - Another sect member to go on trial in January

    12/22/2009 8:08:53 PM PST · by delacoert · 46 replies · 958+ views
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | December 18, 2009 | Matthew Waller
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — Allan Keate raised his two cuffed hands Thursday, shortly after he heard the sentence of 33 years in prison for sexual assault of a child, and smiled briefly at the gallery, at more than a dozen fellow members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — men and women, adults young and old. They had sat there regularly for more than a week to follow Keate’s fate. Lead defense attorney Randy Wilson went to the FLDS members after Keate was escorted to the nearby Schleicher County Jail. Wilson embraced one of the...
  • Polygamous sect member convicted of sex assault in Texas

    12/16/2009 9:09:37 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies · 1,065+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2009
    Eldorado, Texas » A 57-year-old member of a polygamous group raided by Texas authorities last year has been convicted of sexual assault of a child. A Schleicher County jury in the West Texas town of Eldorado deliberated less than two hours Tuesday before convicting Allan Keate. He faces up to life in prison for his alleged so-called "spiritual marriage" to a 15-year-old girl who gave birth at age 16. Keate was immediately taken into custody. The jury will hear more testimony before deciding his sentence. Much of the prosecution's case relied on extensive church records seized from the Yearning For...
  • Former plural wife discusses religious teachings in Texas FLDS trial

    12/14/2009 9:49:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies · 443+ views
    The San Angelo Standard Times ^ | Dec. 14, 2009 | Matthew Waller
    San Angelo, Texas » Jurors heard more from a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Monday in the trial of Allan Keate, who faces charges of sexually assaulting a child. Rebecca Musser explained why she moved away from her FLDS community. Having been married to FLDS prophet Rulon Jeffs in her late teens, she was pressured along with younger wives to marry the new prophet, Rulon Jeffs' son Warren Jeffs, and she refused, Musser said. Musser said Warren Jeffs told her, "I will break you. I will make you a good wife....
  • FLDS TRIAL: Jessop guilty of sexual assault [Texas]

    11/06/2009 2:27:30 AM PST · by deport · 6 replies · 713+ views
    Standard Times - San Angelo ^ | 11-5-09 | TRISH CHOATE
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — ELDORADO — Guilty. The jury in the trial of Raymond Merril Jessop issued its verdict at 6:25 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Building in Eldorado after deliberating less than three hours. Jessop, a 38-year-old member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was led away in handcuffs to the Schleicher County Jail. A half smile played on his face as he nodded to FLDS men in the makeshift courtroom. His attorney Brandon Hudson patted him on shoulder as he went by. Jessop will remain in jail until 10 a.m. Monday, when...
  • Texas polygamist sect member guilty of sex assault

    11/05/2009 7:49:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 35 replies · 987+ views ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 | Michelle Roberts
    The first polygamist sect member to face criminal trial following last year's raid at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in West Texas was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting an underage girl with whom he had a so-called "spiritual marriage." Raymond Jessop, 38, didn't visibly react when the verdict was read after just more than two hours of jury deliberations. Free on bond during trial, he was immediately handcuffed and led to jail. Jurors were expected to return to court Monday to begin deciding his sentence on the child sexual assault conviction. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Lawyers...
  • Ex-wife of previous FLDS leader offers firsthand account of the sect

    11/04/2009 9:02:22 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies · 778+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Nov. 4, 2009 | Brooke Adams
    Eldorado, Texas » Attorneys will hear closing arguments Thursday in the trial of a polygamous sect member whom the state alleges sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in 2004. Fifty-first District Judge Barbara Walther told jurors Wednesday that "we are getting very close" to the final stage of Raymond Merril Jessop's trial and asked them to bring a packed suitcase in case lengthy deliberations require them to be sequestered. The state is expected to recall at least one witness -- a Texas Ranger who was the lead investigator in April 2008 when authorities raided the Yearning For Zion Ranch and uncovered...
  • First FLDS sex assault trial starts on Monday [Texas]

    10/24/2009 7:47:24 AM PDT · by deport · 7 replies · 571+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10-24-2009 | TERRI LANGFORD
    The son of one of the most powerful families within a polygamist Mormon sect goes to trial for sexual assault Monday, a case in which Texas prosecutors will provide their first public evidence that Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints men engaged in sex with underage girls. Raymond Merril Jessop, 38, is the first to face trial among 12 defendants who live at the sect's Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado and are accused of arranging or participating in underage marriages. His father, Frederick Merril Jessop is the senior leader of the FLDS because the group's prophet, Warren Jeffs,...
  • Homes in polygamous community in jeopardy because of tax liens

    10/19/2009 7:20:24 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 13 replies · 681+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 17, 2009 | Brooke Adams
    Unpaid property taxes have put control of more than 150 homes in a polygamous community in jeopardy and more may soon be at risk -- part of a growing financial crisis that has reignited a rift between sect members and a court-appointed overseer. Investment interests in 35 large, communal properties that are part of the United Effort Plan Trust were auctioned in a Mohave County tax lien certificate sale in February. The sale was triggered after about $124,000 of the $1.2 million total tax bill in Colorado City went unpaid in 2007. The move means those who picked up the...
  • Explaining the faith

    10/17/2009 5:28:53 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 72 replies · 1,364+ views
    Evansville Courier & Press ^ | Oct. 16, 2009 | Karen Owen-Phelps
    Are Mormons Christians? That's one of the biggest issues members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they encounter in today's society. "To us, to be Christians is to be followers and disciples of Christ," said Steve Stanfill, president of the church's Evansville stake, a group of 12 congregations in Southwestern Indiana, southeastern Illinois and Western Kentucky. Some groups insist Mormons are not Christians. One reason is differences over the nature of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. As "Christianity Today" once explained it, Mormons teach that God began as a finite being who achieved his exalted...
  • Texas judge OKs evidence collected in raid on sect

    10/03/2009 12:11:47 AM PDT · by Pebcak · 11 replies · 622+ views
    AP via GoogleHostedNews ^ | 2 October 2009 | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — A Texas judge ruled Friday that prosecutors could use thousands of documents seized during a weeklong raid of a polygamist sect's West Texas ranch in upcoming criminal trials snip- Texas District Judge Barbara Walther heard four days of testimony on the issue in May but didn't issue a ruling until Friday. snip- first sect man to face trial, Raymond Jessop. snip- The 38-year-old pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a child during a pre-trial hearing on Friday. snip- Prosecutors accuse him of sexually assaulting a teen who was allegedly one of nine wives. In 2004,...
  • Best-selling author Carolyn Jessop wins support from polygamous ex-husband

    10/01/2009 10:56:07 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 12 replies · 500+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 1, 2009 | Brooke Adams
    Best-selling author Carolyn Jessop will receive support to care for her disabled son for the rest of his life in a settlement reached Tuesday with her former husband, who oversees a polygamous sect's enclave in Texas. Merril Jessop, 73, agreed to pay $2,350 monthly to his former spiritual wife to support the seven children in her care, with a dollar-for-dollar credit for his Social Security benefit that is currently diverted to her.-SNIP-They had eight children together before Carolyn Jessop left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in April 2003. Their oldest daughter Betty, now 20,...
  • Survey shows fundamentalist Mormon numbers up

    09/27/2009 8:26:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies · 568+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sept. 26, 2009 | Brooke Adams
    An informal survey shows there are 38,000 fundamentalist Mormons in the U.S., Canada and Mexico -- up by 1,000. "It is a conservative figure but that's the approximate figure for now," said Anne Wilde, a co-founder of the advocacy group Principle Voices, which conducts the periodic survey. Estimates for organized groups are provided by group leaders or council members. The count includes children and adults, living in both monogamous and polygamous families. Wilde said about half are in plural families. "It's been kind of generally increasing but not in thousands, maybe in 50s or 100s," Wilde said. "There is the...
  • Business to offer polygamy tour of FLDS stronghold

    09/17/2009 7:53:34 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies · 723+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sept. 17, 2009 | Brooke Adams
    Those curious about the polygamous community that has thrived on the Utah/Arizona state line for nearly 75 years may now take a guided tour through what promoters bill as "the largest and most secluded polygamist colony" in America. "Why the prairie dresses and long braids? No makeup? More than one wife?" -- all questions to be answered during "The Polygamy Experience: A Guided Tour of Colorado City." The four-hour excursion promises accounts from guides "who have actually lived and loved 'The Creek,'" the historic name for Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ...
  • FLDS appeals trust rulings to Utah Supreme Court

    09/10/2009 8:14:40 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 8 replies · 358+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | September 10, 2009 | Brooke Adams
    An appeal filed with the Utah Supreme Court says a district judge went too far when she stripped a polygamous sect's charitable trust of its religious purpose and denied church members "an effective voice" in court proceedings. In rulings in the United Effort Plan Trust case, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg has sanctioned "continued violations" of constitutional rights of thousands who belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the appeal claims. The appeal was filed Aug. 26 by attorneys representing five FLDS members, including sect bishops Lyle Jeffs and James Oler. Lindberg refused to allow...
  • Arizona jail force-feeding sect leader Jeffs [FLDS]

    08/04/2009 7:21:14 PM PDT · by delacoert · 9 replies · 429+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2009 | JENNIFER DOBNER
    BEAVER, Utah (AP) -- Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is being force-fed in jail for the second time in less than a week after again refusing to eat, Arizona officials said Tuesday. Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said force feeding of Jeffs started Friday...