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  • Are There Other Kinds of Polygamy Besides 'Sister Wives'? It Doesn't Stop with the Browns

    07/07/2014 10:01:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Bustle ^ | July 6, 2014 | Caitlin Gallagher
    In the US, polygamy seems to be most commonly associated with Mormons. TV shows like Big Love, Sister Wives, and My Five Wives offer looks at polygamy, but only from a specific viewpoint. For some Americans, TLC’s reality series Sister Wives, which centers on a fundamentalist Mormon family, may even teach them all they know about polygamy. But the practice of polygamy hasn’t been sanctioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which is the official name of the Mormon church) since 1890 when Church President Wilford Woodruff ended the practice. The Mormon church has actually denounced the...
  • The Great Apostasy [Mormonism labels ALL Protestant, Catholic & Orthodox churches 'apostate']

    10/09/2013 11:14:38 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 129 replies
    Mormonism Research Ministry ^ | Aaron Shafovaloff
    Around the world the fame of Christ spreads. Men and women lift their hands to praise the name of Jesus, worshiping him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Full of the Holy Spirit, they lift him up as their savior, redeemer, and advocate. His gospel is preached, his word is believed, and his death and resurrection are celebrated in the Lord's Supper. Millions are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, trusting in the person and work of Christ for forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the transformation of their heart. Hundreds of...
  • Survivor details her escape from FLDS [Was 19th 'wife' of 85-year-old father of Warren Jeffs]

    09/18/2013 9:33:17 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Sept. 18, 2013
    Rebecca Musser...19...was forced to marry Warren Jeffs' 85-year-old father
  • Ex-FLDS leader set to be paroled from Texas prison

    05/02/2013 6:08:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 5/2/2013
    A former top lieutenant to polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs who was sentenced last year to a decade in prison is scheduled to be released on parole next week, Texas prison officials said Thursday. Wendell Loy Nielsen, the former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was convicted in March 2012 on three counts of bigamy and given a 10-year prison term. Nielsen and 11 other FLDS members were indicted after a 2008 police raid at the church's remote West Texas compound, known as the Yearning for Zion ranch. He was accused of marrying three...
  • ...Police investigate claims that Mormons kept wives from escaping Utah enclave

    02/05/2013 8:08:03 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 | Sam Webb
    Arizona Attorney General claims sect is holding women against their willHe says police in Hildale and Colorado City are holding the womenMarshal's office in Mormon stronghold strongly denies the claim Police in a Utah town dominated by one of the largest polygamous sects in the U.S. have been stopping women from leaving, according to a top lawman. Arizona's attorney general Tom Horne yesterday announced a criminal probe of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and the Marshal's Office, which serves as a small police force in the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and...
  • Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped....

    01/23/2013 6:24:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | Rachel Quigley
    FULL TITLE: Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect with her six young children Ruby Jessop was just 14-years-old when she was deemed 'sexually mature' by polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs and forced to marry her second cousin and step-brother and have sex with different men. She was held against her will at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the next 12 years, in which time she bore six children and lived under the iron fist of the pervert leader. Ruby Jessop, now 26, managed...
  • Warren Jeffs tells followers to 'prepare for end of the world' by January 1.....

    12/30/2012 8:43:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    mailonline ^ | 12.30.2012 | staff
    FULL TITLE: Warren Jeffs tells followers to 'prepare for end of the world' by January 1 as experts warn it could mean something sinister for the sect loyal to a convicted sex offender Followers of cult leader, Warren Jeffs, who is behind bars for sexually assaulting young girls, are reportedly preparing for the end of the world tomorrow, after their former leader warned of Armageddon before midnight. The only supermarket and major meeting point of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints community across the movement's key sites - Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah - has...
  • Cat found buried alive in concrete in Arizona; rescuer alleges religious harassment (from FLDS)

    07/11/2012 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 44 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 07/10/2012 | Andrew Mach
    A live cat was found half-buried in concrete in Arizona, an act that the man who rescued it believes to be a threatening message from a pro-polygamy religious group, according to local reports. The kitten was found encased in solid concrete inside a metal tube in Colorado City, Ariz., a major center for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a breakaway Mormon sect whose members practice polygamy. In previous incidents, dead cats have been left on ex-FLDS member Isaac Wyler’s property, according to Andrew Chatwin, who discovered the trapped feline while he was building a horse...
  • Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination

    06/23/2012 6:07:10 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 22, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker
    The US Justice Department has filed suit against the adjoining towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, communities populated largely by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). ...FLDS...controls most...law enforcement and other government services in those two communities...It is charged with discriminating against those who are not members of the FLDS. The Justice Department...alleges...the cities’ joint police department “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS...
  • Why does the LDS church try to claim that they are the only ones who can be called "Mormons”?

    02/13/2012 1:48:04 PM PST · by Colofornian · 39 replies
    ColinJensen.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | Colin Jensen
    The two groups with more than a few members are the FLDS (see Are members of the FLDS church “mormons”?) and the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.) The Salt Lake based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 14M members, and the second largest of such groups has at most 40,000 members. Historically...the other groups are all splinters from from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... SNIP It is also reasonably argued that “mormon” should be allowed as a genericized noun. There are many famous cases...
  • Star Tribune accepts ad from convicted sex-assaulter's Mormon sect

    01/20/2012 10:36:15 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Minnpost.com ^ | Jan. 20, 2012 | David Brauer
    Would you accept an ad from a religious sect touting a divine revelation given to a convicted sex abuser of two girls under 16? That's what the Star Tribune did Friday morning, running two ads from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One (on page A5 of my Minneapolis edition), simply says, "Jesus Christ, Son Ahman." The second, on A6, proclaimes "Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ Given to President Warren Jeffs," and offers serveral writings for sale. Jeffs, the president of the polygamist sect, was convicted in 2011 of molesting two "child brides" aged 12 and...
  • Sex banned until Warren Jeffs' prison walls crumble, FLDS relatives say [Prophet edicts void unions]

    01/03/2012 10:21:10 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Dec. 30, 2011 | John Hollenhorst
    HILDALE, Washington County — As the year comes to an end and the followers of Warren Jeffs await the apocalypse he has predicted, they're living under a challenging edict: they're forbidden to have sex until Jeffs is sprung from a Texas prison. "He has predicted that the walls in the prison where he's at will fall and crumble," said Joni Holm, who has many relatives in the polygamous FLDS faith. According to Holm, Fundamentalist LDS Church members also face their faith's most severe punishment, excommunication, if they conceive a child. It's one of the strangest edicts in a season full...
  • Marriages dissolved, sexual relationships banned among FLDS faithful

    12/30/2011 10:28:24 PM PST · by Zakeet · 117 replies
    KSL.com ^ | December 30, 2011 | John Hollenhorst
    As the year comes to an end and the followers of Warren Jeffs await the apocalypse he has predicted, they're living under a challenging edict: they're forbidden to have sex until Jeffs is sprung from a Texas prison. "He has predicted that the walls in the prison where he's at will fall and crumble," said Joni Holm, who has many relatives in the polygamous FLDS faith. According to Holm, Fundamentalist LDS Church members also face their faith's most severe punishment, excommunication, if they conceive a child. It's one of the strangest edicts in a season full of them. Jeffs has...
  • Polygamous family launches challenge of Utah law

    12/30/2011 5:23:14 AM PST · by Colofornian · 162 replies
    FoxNews/AP ^ | Dec. 19, 2011
    <p>SALT LAKE CITY – Reality TV stars Kody Brown and his four wives say they just want one thing: to be left alone.</p> <p>As authorities investigate them for bigamy, the TLC "Sister Wives" family is asking a federal judge to overturn part of Utah's bigamy law because it bans them from living together and criminalizes sexual relationships between unmarried consenting adults.</p>
  • FLDS exodus prompts call for 'foster homes'

    12/26/2011 4:04:21 PM PST · by Colofornian · 173 replies
    Fox13 (Salt Lake City) ^ | Dec. 22, 2011 | Ben Winslow
    Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has reportedly issued an edict to his followers with a deadline -- renew allegiances to the Fundamentalist LDS Church or be excommunicated. With a Dec. 31 deadline looming, non-profit groups who help those leaving Utah's polygamous communities say an ongoing exodus from the FLDS Church is turning into a "humanitarian crisis," with people walking away with no place to go. "You've got new control where you have to give everything," James Barlow told FOX 13. "And I mean everything." Barlow left the FLDS Church last month after refusing to give his allegiance to Jeffs. Barlow,...
  • Polygamy and me: Growing up Mormon

    12/17/2011 11:15:37 AM PST · by Colofornian · 62 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | Dec. 16, 2011 | Maggie Rayner
    When my family lived in Richmond, a group of Mormon fundamentalists from Bountiful, near Creston, visited our mainstream Mormon congregation extolling the practice of polygamy, also called the principle or plural marriage. They were looking for wives to add to their collections. They targeted families who had young girls. My oldest sister at 16, with blond hair, blue eyes and a blossoming body, was a magnet for the young men and 19-year-old missionaries of the Church. One Sunday after Sunday school, I watched an older man from Bountiful rush over in the parking lot to open our station wagon door...
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS From Brigham Young, Harry Reid, Ezra Taft Benson and Mitt Romney !

    12/16/2011 9:13:37 AM PST · by SENTINEL · 20 replies
    16 DEC 2011 | SENTINEL
    'The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood—was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.' (FLDS/LDS “Prophet” Brigham Young, Journal Of Discourses, 8:115) 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the most literal sense. The body in which He performed His mission in the flesh was fathered by that same Holy Being we worship as God, our Eternal Father. Jesus was not the son of Joseph,...
  • FLDS community said to be purging itself of outside influence

    12/06/2011 10:20:11 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 38 replies
    KSLTV ^ | December 5, 2011 | John Hollenhorst
    SALT LAKE CITY — A new crackdown on followers of Warren Jeffs by his own lieutenants, and a ban on such everyday items as children's toys, have triggered turmoil in the FLDS community.Former members of the group say a large-scale purge is underway in the twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. Many followers of the imprisoned polygamist leader are being forced out and many others are said to be leaving voluntarily because they're disturbed by what's going on."A lot of people are scared; a lot of people are just getting tired," said Isaac Wyler, a former member...
  • Jeffs releases apocalyptic predictions from prison [fLDS]

    11/15/2011 7:01:50 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    AP/Provo Herald ^ | Nov. 15, 2011
    SALT LAKE CITY - Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has released a series of so-called revelations in which he says a succession of natural disasters will strike the U.S. The 55-year-old Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison this year for sexually assaulting two girls whom he took as wives when they were 12 and 14 years old. He released his apocalyptic predictions to the Utah attorney general's office on Monday. Jeffs' apparent prophecies included tsunamis on the East Coast and in Seattle and earthquakes and volcanoes in Utah and Arizona. He also says that Idaho "shall be as...
  • Baal, Jupiter, and other God(s) of Romney's LDS sect of Mormonism.

    10/29/2011 10:14:55 AM PDT · by SENTINEL · 138 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and RINO Presidential candidate Mitt Romney have brought the many aspects of the breakaway LDS sect of Mormonism into the media spotlight. Energetic accusations and counter accusations, denials, coverup and obfuscation rule the discussion, all he while the forest is missed for the trees.I present here the most shocking evidence yet brought to bear against the christianity claims of mormons.Mormons believe Baal and Jupiter helped create the universe.A graven image of Baal at the Nauvoo Illinois LDS Temple.This is a photo of the very Jupiter Talisman that Emma Smith, Joseph's widow, claimed was his most...
  • 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...
  • Warren Jeffs In Coma, May Not Survive: Source

    08/29/2011 11:09:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 92 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 29, 2011 | Katie Kindelan and Kaitlyn Folmer
    Warren Jeffs, the polygamous sect leader and convicted child rapist, is in a coma and may not survive, a source close to Jeffs tells ABC News. Jeffs, 55, had been fasting for the past three days and became so weak that doctors at the Texas prison where he is serving a life sentence induced a coma, according to the source. The leader of a radical polygamist sect of Mormonism known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), Jeffs is scheduled to go on trial a second time in October to face charges of...
  • 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...
  • Was Polygamy, in the Nineteenth Century, Started by the FLDS Church, or the LDS Church?

    08/15/2011 4:53:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 99 replies
    Faith and Reason Forum.com ^ | 2003 | Donna Morley
    During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions, Oliver Cowdery (one of the three “witnesses” to the Book of Mormon) had proof of Smith’s adultery and confronted him on it. Smith denied to Cowdery that he was in any such activity. Cowdery would be excommunicated from the Mormon church on several counts including, “by falsely insinuating that he [Smith] was guilty of adultery.” 1 Emma’s suspicions were confirmed when she caught Joseph and 19-year-old Eliza Partridge locked in a...
  • Warren Jeffs and the abandonment of tradition [Real MormonISM]

    08/15/2011 4:17:17 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Aug. 14, 2011 | Nathan B. Oman
    Last week, a Texas jury convicted Warren Jeffs, leader of the polygamist FLDS Church, of two counts of child sexual assault...For Americans who are increasingly interested in the religion of the two Mormons running for president, Jeffs' conviction raises what could appear to be difficult questions about modern Mormonism. There is no formal connection between Jeffs' FLDS Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... From 1852 until 1890, however, the Mormon Church did publically teach and practice polygamy... Given that history, many Americans ask themselves whether Jeffs' cocktail of religious authority, polygamy and child sex represents some...
  • 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...
  • Texas Ranger says FLDS raid vindicated by Jeffs conviction

    08/12/2011 9:37:58 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 28 replies
    Standard news ^ | 8.11.2011 | Michelle Roberts, Paul J. Weber
    Investigators made no mention of child sex tapes, or seized photos of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs kissing young girls, after their April 2008 raid on the sect’s remote Texas compound. Instead, the public saw the televised spectacle of more than 400 children being bused from the ranch over an abuse hotline call that proved to be bogus. As Jeffs begins serving a life sentence, brought down by damning evidence seized at the ranch and finally revealed in court, the Texas Ranger who led the heavily scrutinized raid and investigation said he feels vindicated.
  • Fundamentalist sect leader jailed for life for sex with child brides

    08/11/2011 5:15:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | Aug. 9, 2011 | Ed Pilkington
    Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Mormon church that practises polygamy, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was given the maximum sentence for taking girls as young as 12 to be his brides. SNIP ...a Texas jury took just 40 minutes to hand him the toughest sentence open to them – life in prison for aggravated sexual assault and 20 years in prison for sexual assault of a child... SNIP The polygamist Mormons, under Jeffs's leadership, refused to renounce plural marriages and now have about 10,000 followers. The jury heard that Jeffs...
  • 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...
  • Photos of Warren Jeffs and his wives emerge [NOW Utah interested!]

    08/10/2011 8:07:41 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 75 replies
    KSTU TV ^ | August 9, 2011 | Ben Winslow
    Fox 13 has obtained dozens of photographs of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and many of his so-called "brides." -SNIP-The pictures were seized by law enforcement during the raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' YFZ ranch in Eldorado, Texas in 2008. In all, lawyers connected to the case have estimated that approximately 1.7 billion pages of evidence was taken in the raid.Combined with diaries, audio recordings and dictations, Texas prosecutors painted a damning portrait of the FLDS leader that they showed to the jury."If the world knew what I was doing they would hang...
  • Polygamist heard on tape training girls for sex

    08/08/2011 10:51:40 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 56 replies
    Prosecutors seeking life in prison for convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs closed their case with a final barrage of graphic audiotapes, records of 24 alleged underage brides and writings that ordered followers to "fight to the death" when police eventually came for him. The same jury that convicted Jeffs last week of sexually assaulting two of his child "brides" could now hand down their punishment early as Tuesday. Even in prison, he could continue to lead the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Among the final pieces of evidence was an audiotape of Jeffs having sex and...
  • 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...
  • Polygamists Condemn Warren Jeffs' Sexual Abuse

    08/06/2011 3:13:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug. 5, 2011 | Howard Berkes
    As a Texas jury considers a possible life sentence for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, a coalition of polygamist groups is condemning the sexual abuse that led to Jeffs' conviction. "We are alarmed that such depravity could have been perpetrated by anyone," says a written statement from the Principle Rights Coalition, a group representing five polygamist groups in Arizona and Utah, as well as "numerous other independent Fundamentalist Mormons." The groups advocate and practice polygamy as it was taught by early leaders of the Mormon Church, which renounced plural marriage in 1890 and does not tolerate it now. "It is especially...
  • 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:...
  • Has Warren Jeffs turned his trial into a sermon on polygamy?

    07/30/2011 3:22:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 30, 2011 | Mark Sappenfield
    In a single dramatic hour Friday, the course of the San Angelo, Texas, trial against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs might have changed course. With a rambling outburst that included a malediction against the prosecutors, a defense of polygamy, and direct quotes from "the Lord God," Jeffs broke his prolonged silence in the trial, then continued to interrupt proceedings throughout the rest of the day. The outbursts could merely be a continuation of Mr. Jeffs's apparent legal tactic: delay. But they also have also effectively turned the courtroom into a pulpit for the leader of the breakaway Fundamentalist Church of...
  • 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...
  • Defense: Polygamist leaders' religious rights were violated (Jeffs)

    07/26/2011 1:35:04 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 12 replies
    AAS ^ | 7.26.2011 | Will Weissert
    The first hint of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs' defense strategy came Monday when his attorney said his right to freedom of religion was trampled by Texas prosecutors, who claim he sexually assaulted two underage girls after manipulating them into "spiritual marriages." Jury selection began Monday in the case of the 55-year-old ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. The church's 10,000 members see Jeffs as a prophet.
  • 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,...
  • Texas trial of alleged polygamist leader to start this week

    07/24/2011 4:39:55 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 29 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 24, 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    Flora Jessop never believed that Warren Steed Jeffs, the man she was taught to revere as son and heir of the "prophet, seer and revelator of God," would ever face justice -- let alone Texas justice. She didn't believe it when she was 13 and sexually assaulted beneath a smiling photograph of Jeffs inside the Hildale, Utah compound run by the breakaway Mormon sect where she was born to a polygamist family. And she didn't believe it three years later, when she was forced by leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) to marry...