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  1. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    Polygamist Leader Jeffs to Stand Trial in Texas

    Extradited from Utah after conviction there was overturned

    By Jim Forsyth
    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    It looks like the 'spiritual leader' of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will face Texas justice after all.


    Charges:

    felony bigamy
    aggravated sexual assault of a child

    http://radio.woai.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=119078&article=7876246
     
  2. newone

    newone 2nd mouse gets the cheese

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    this is excellent news!!!
     
  3. nursebeeme

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    Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has been extradited from Utah to Texas to face trial on bigamy and sexual assault charges, the Texas Attorney General's Office said Wednesday.
    Jeffs, who is being held without bail in Texas, is set to make a court appearance Wednesday morning in San Angelo. Texas authorities have charged the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with felony bigamy, aggravated sexual assault and assault.
    Attorney General's Office spokesman Jerry Strickland said the 54-year-old Jeffs arrived Tuesday night at a West Texas jail, but declined to specify where he is being held. Jeffs' Southern Utah-based church practices polygamy in arranged marriages that have involved underage girls.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101201...sZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA2plZmZzZXh0cmFkaQ--
     
  4. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    Warren Jeffs arraigned in Texas on sex charges

    Associated Press - December 1, 2010 3:05 PM ET

    SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has been arraigned in Texas after being quietly extradited from Utah to face trial on bigamy and sexual assault charges.

    Jeffs was in a West Texas courtroom Wednesday for the hearing. The Texas Attorney General's Office says Jeffs wasn't asked to enter a plea and told the judge he needed time to find a lawyer.


    more here - but doesn't say where he's being held

    http://www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=13597302
     
  5. nursebeeme

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    Mist,
    the link I posted above yours says that where he is being held is secret
     
  6. nursebeeme

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    Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is due back in a West Texas courtroom for his first pretrial hearing since being transferred from Utah.



    and another snip:

    Issues at the hearing could include the possibility of moving the case to a new venue. A court clerk said that as of Tuesday afternoon, Jeffs had not filed any motions since arriving in Texas.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=12340241
     
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    Legal representation for Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamy-sanctioning Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, may be the main issue to be decided today at a pretrial hearing scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in the Tom Green County courthouse.

    Jeffs faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and bigamy. All three charges are first-degree felonies, punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Jeffs was being held without bond in the Reagan County Jail in Big Lake.

    Staff of the 51st District Court clerk’s office said today’s hearing may bear more resemblance to a second appearance than to a hearing because nothing had been filed as of Tuesday to indicate Jeffs has an attorney.

    Jeffs’ first appearance was an arraignment Dec. 1, the day after he arrived in Texas after being extradited from Utah.

    According to extradition laws, Texas has 120 days to finish prosecuting Jeffs, said Mary Ann Gonzalez, deputy clerk for Schleicher County.



    and another snip~


    The schedule said Jeffs would be tried for aggravated sexual assault on Jan. 24, sexual assault of a child on Feb. 21 and bigamy on March 15.

    Other dates include a final pretrial on Jan. 5 and a Dec. 15 motion to suppress evidence.

    “That schedule, that is just a tentative schedule,” Gonzalez said. “All of that can change when he retains council.”


    http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/dec/07/question-of-counsel-to-be-addressed-at-jeffs-in/



    much, much more at this link
     
  9. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    FLDS Leader Jeffs Having Trouble Finding TX Lawyer

    Texas court won't delay trial for polygamist leader Jeffs despite trouble finding lawyer

    <snip>

    State District Judge Barbara Walther wouldn't rule on the motion. She said Jeffs has had plenty of warning about the trial.


    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=12340241
     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_polyg...lYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDdGV4YXNwb2x5Z2Ft

    Texas Polygamist sect leader pleads not guilty


    "Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs remained mute during a Wednesday arraignment on bigamy and child sex abuse charges, forcing the West Texas court to enter not guilty pleas on his behalf.

    The 55-year-old ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sat and said nothing as prosecutors read a sexual assault charge accusing him of having sex with a girl younger than 17. He was then ordered to stand as cases accusing him of aggravated sexual assault of a girl younger than 15 and bigamy were read.

    District Judge Barbara Walther instructed Jeffs that his silence forced the court to enter not guilty pleas for him...."

    more at link
     
  11. tlcya

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    You just know some slimeball looking to make a name will step up.
     
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    http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/dec/29/warren-jeffs-still-lacking-lawyer-enters-not/

    Almost a month into his extradition to Texas and less than a month from his trial date, Jeffs has not found an attorney.
    Jeffs said he should have an attorney within a week.
    “You told me that in November,” 51st District Judge Barbara Walther said.
    Jeffs was extradited to Texas Nov. 30. His first pretrial happened the next day on Dec. 1.
    Walther said that if Jeffs did not have an attorney soon, the court would appoint him one.
    “You do not need an attorney appointed, is that correct?” Walther said.
    “Yes,” Jeffs replied.
    Jeffs said he had finished interviewing potential attorneys and hadn’t chosen one because of “circumstance beyond my control,” because of his being in prison.
    “The court, in the interest of justice, will appoint one for you,” if Jeffs can’t get counsel, Walther said.

    I am liking this judge...
     
  13. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    I'm scared that this child abuser will get away with his crimes. The reversal of his Utah conviction is a serious blow to the ability of those in bondage in the FLDS to be able to break free from their bonds. It strengthens their conviction that Jeffs is God and that his will, will prevail.

    I also don't see how they have enough evidence to make charges of sexual assault against him stick in Texas. I admit I have not been following the case closely and don't know all the details (been consumed by Kyron and Caylee, among other cases, and life and work!) but I believe the children associated with the crimes (the girls featured in the photos with him being kissed, if I'm not mistaken), have both been returned to FLDS families, one of whom, the redhead I think, was Merrill and Barbara Jessop's daughter and who was returned by CPS to a family in the Eldorado compound, which is just as good as returning her to the control of her family. I can't see how they can get kids who are so totally controlled by the cult and its members, to testify honestly and I don't know what evidence they have that could otherwise refute the lies these kids are likely to tell and/or that will support the charges. Can anyone enlighten me?

    The FLDS is very powerful with almost unlimited resources and an incredible amount of willing witnesses. Scary, scary stuff.
     
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    SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs won't stand trial in Texas until at least July after hiring a new lawyer, who argued Monday that the "awesome" amount of evidence in the criminal case is too voluminous to prepare a defense anytime soon.

    A judge agreed and postponed Jeffs' trial on charges of having sex with two children at the Yearning for Zion ranch for a second time. The trial was moved from February to July 25, and Jeffs' new attorney cautioned that he may ultimately request an even later date.

    State prosecutors requested that Jeffs stand trial before the end of the year.

    http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/crime/trial-for-warren-jeffs-postponed-again
     
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    Jury selection starts Monday at 10:00. Will there be cameras in the court room?
     
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    IS has said they will be reporting on it next week, but i have yet to find anyplace that says there will be cameras
     
  19. SallyLu

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    I've heard there won't be cameras there.

    I wonder if any members are planning on attending some of the trial?
     
  20. shotzie

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    I saw Beth karas on face book say she will be covering it, so I guess Insessions will cover it.
     

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