Polygamist leader Jeffs faces January bigamy trial
December 8th, 2010
08:23 PM ET

Polygamist leader Jeffs faces January bigamy trial

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Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who calls himself a prophet, asked a judge on Wednesday to delay his bigamy trial so he can find a Texas lawyer.

Jeffs, 55, leads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the FLDS. The charges - bigamy and sexual assault - stem from an alleged spiritual marriage to a 12-year-old girl.

Jeffs' Nevada-based attorney, Richard Wright, sought to delay the trial, which is to begin January 24. But Judge Barbara Walther denied that request, saying the church leader has long known about the charges in Texas and had plenty of time to seek counsel.

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  1. clare

    The united states, has been a country that put into law, one wife for one man. the bible mentions that when married you become one. a woman needs to know that she is the only woman in her husbands life, not that she has to shere her man with others. also, finances is involved. if you leave that religion, you are shunned and sent along without your property you worked for. that's not the american way of life. or, the way of life in other countries. if he dies, we,the tax payers will pay to support his family

    August 24, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  2. Sum Dude

    What's with the cowboy hats? Is this a show of GLBT solidarity by members of law enforcement? wt-f?

    December 11, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  3. fincenMIB

    Warren Jeffs on ebay, the world according to the prophet;

    Polygamist Prophet Warren Jeffs Audio REVOLUTIONARY WAR – ebay item # 200553122007

    December 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  4. Frogist

    "I've known him for many years," Shapley said. "I've never seen a flaw in him."
    Shapely, who says he has several wives, justified marriage to underage girls; he said a girl's emotional maturity matters more than her age.
    "God doesn't look at age as a criteria," he said."
    Is there any chance they can get this guy too? Accessory to the crime? Something? Anything? At least get him on a se-x offenders list...

    December 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
    • David Johnson

      I blame the girls! They are too young to be dating. It's all that stuff they see on tv.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
    • Frogist

      @DJ: Oh come on! It's the holidays. At least blame Barbie, and send down Mattel's profit margin this year...
      Or we could blame that virgin Mary, NL says she was underage too.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  5. HotAirAce

    Just waiting for the usual gaggle of believers to jump in and shred one of their sister sects – the FLDS- and then make the usual claims that this is not a religion problem, it's a man-made problem...

    And another card, in the house of cards that religion is, falls. Yes!!

    December 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
    • pete

      If there was an article that says an atheist killed a man and someone said "all atheists are killers" you'd say that isn't true, right? Because not all atheists are killers, right? Like not all people who choose to believe a religion are bad, right?

      December 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      You are correct but the difference is this person's action are directly linked to his beliefs – big difference.

      December 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
    • pete

      but don't you chose to believe in nothing?

      December 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
    • HotAirAce


      Sorry, you're going to have to be a little more explicit about believing in nothing... I do not believe in nothing – I believe there are no gods (not even just one, no satan either...). And I don't think that all believers are bad – I believe they are deluded and that all religion is bad (although I have yet to check out Jainism – I understand they may be unique).

      So, what was your point?

      December 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    "But I can't marry both of your daughters! That's bigamy!"
    "No. That's big of me."
    – Tiny Toon Adventures (How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

    The se-xual exploitation of these young girls is atrocious. A truly righteous man would never allow anyone to "know" his underage girls.
    Except for Lot, who threw his virgin daughters to a rampaging mob. But they were harlots anyways, forcing him into incest.
    The Bible: Your Source for Sound Family Values

    December 9, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  7. David Johnson

    Okay, let's have a show of hands. How many people would be upset if Jeffs showed up at their door with candy and flowers, wanting to date their sixth grader?

    Keep in mind, that he is a prophet...

    Okay, bored now. Cheers!

    December 9, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  8. David Johnson

    Jeffs looks lonely. Do you think they allow him conjugal visits with his wives?

    December 9, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  9. David Johnson

    The article gives Bill Shapely's explanation of it:
    "Shapely, who says he has several wives, justified marriage to underage girls; he said a girl's emotional maturity matters more than her age. "God doesn't look at age as a criteria," he said."

    Have you ever noticed that when people are deciding something they want to do, their god is always for it? Jeffs wanted to marry a 12 year old, and wouldn't you know it, God was out registering the China pattern.

    Uganda wants to exterminate gays. Wouldn't you know it, God is smiling in anticipation.

    Believers have tortured and killed to make others convert. Wouldn't you know it, God never told them it wasn't His will.

    Ever notice that children are attacked and killed, and God never gives the attacker a heart attack as a firm no?
    I know, the attacker has free will. But what about the child's free will? The kid didn't decide to be killed.

    If my faith was not strong, I would start to question the very existence of god or at the very least, that He actually cares.


    December 9, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  10. Peace2All

    This is absolutely tragic and ridiculous at the same time. These pedo's should be 'drawn and quartered.'

    I would think that there would be a way to shut these 'churches' down...?!! Now !


    December 9, 2010 at 2:12 am |
    • Sum Dude


      December 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  11. Reality

    All the males of this "religion" should become Muslims. Then their polygamy (and child molestations) would be sanctioned by the koran.

    December 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  12. riverrunner

    pedophiles wrapped in the cloak of religion.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  13. David Johnson

    Wasn't Muhammad's wife a youngish six? And now this 12 year old?

    What is wrong with kids? Why do they want to grow up so fast? I blame McDonald's. *sigh*

    The article gives Bill Shapely's explanation of it:

    "Shapely, who says he has several wives, justified marriage to underage girls; he said a girl's emotional maturity matters more than her age. "God doesn't look at age as a criteria," he said."

    I learn something new about god every day I live!

    Love and Prayers believers!

    December 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
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