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Texas
12:11 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

State Wants To Seize FLDS Ranch in West Texas

The FLDS compound in Eldorado
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A 1,700-acre West Texas ranch owned by a religious sect that practices polygamy is the target of seizure efforts by the Texas Attorney General’s office. It’s the latest chapter in a long legal battle between the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the State of Texas.

In this affidavit filed in the 51st State District Court, the Attorney General says the ranch was bought with the proceeds of illegal activity to establish a location where children could be systematically abused outside the eye of law enforcement.

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Texas
1:04 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

What’s Up With This Mysterious FLDS Building in Eldorado?

A still from video shot over the FLDS compound in Eldorado. Several unique fetures of the construction have been noted.
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New aerial shots of the Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas – home to the controversial sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) formerly lead by imprisoned pastor Warren Jeffs – are causing consternation among locals.

Maybe because the coliseum under construction looks more like something from Stanley Kubrick’s "2001" than anything else.

TM Daily Post highlights a recent report from KSL News in Salt Lake City. KSL reporter John Hollenhorst flew over the YFZ Ranch site with Judge Jimmy Doyle, shooting footage of the new construction.

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Texas
11:35 am
Tue August 9, 2011

FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs Sentenced to Life

Photo courtesy Reagan County Sheriff's Department

The spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a religious sect that practices polygamy, has been sentenced to life in prison.  The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes, according to the AP.

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News Brief
7:57 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 9, 2011

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Sentencing Phase of Warren Jeffs Trial Winding Down

The Associated Press reports closing arguments are expected today in the sentencing phase of the trial against polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs.  He was convicted of sexually assaulting two underage girls. The AP reports prosecutors rested their case Monday after showing photos of Jeffs kissing the young girls with whom he had so-called "spiritual marriages".

They also played what an FBI agent said was a 2004 audio recording of Jeffs preparing five young girls to have sex with him. The 55-year-old Jeffs has led the FLDS since 2002. He is considered God’s spokesman on Earth among more than 10,000 church followers.

Jeffs faces up to life in prison.

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Texas
12:54 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Polygamists Condemn Warren Jeffs' Sexual Abuse

Originally published on Fri August 5, 2011 10:33 am

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."

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Texas
4:40 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

AP: FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs Guilty of Child Abuse

Photo by Reagan County Sheriff's Department

Breaking news from San Angelo: The Associated Press reports that Warren Jeffs, the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been found guilty of child sex abuse.

Here's the report from the AP

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Texas
10:30 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Warren Jeffs: Alone For The Defense

Originally published on Fri July 29, 2011 10:21 am

At the end of court yesterday, Warren Jeffs stood all by himself at the defense table, head bowed, motionless as everyone swirled around him.

The morning began with him firing his defense lawyers and announcing he would represent himself. It was a particularly cruel blow for Deric Walpole, Jeffs' lead defense lawyer, who'd been working 20-hour days to get ready for this moment only to have Jeffs pull the rug out from under him.

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Texas
10:05 am
Wed January 5, 2011

FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs Back In San Angelo Court On Child Rape Charge

Warren Jeffs, ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in a photo dated December 1, 2010. Jeffs is facing a pre-trial hearing today in San Angelo.
Image courtesy Reagan County Sheriff's Department

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled today in the West Texas town of San Angelo for Warren Jeffs, a spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

The FLDS practices polygamy, and its Yearning For Zion Ranch in West Texas was raided by Texas child welfare authorities in April 2008.  More than 400 children were seized by the state, but most were eventually returned to their families under a Texas Supreme Court ruling that found the state overstepped its authority by treating the entire community as a single family.

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Texas
3:41 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Warren Jeffs Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape In West Texas

Warren Jeffs, ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, appeared in a San Angelo courtroom today.

The Associated Press reports the polygamist sect leader stood silently during a hearing in a West Texas court Wednesday. The court entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf.

The 55-year-old Jeffs faces charges of bigamy and sexual assault of a child.  He’s scheduled to stand trial for the aggravated sexual assault charge January 24th. The AP reports says he plans to hire a Texas attorney but doesn’t have one yet.

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Texas
10:51 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Jailed FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs is Back in Texas

Former FLDS leader Warren Jeffs arrived in San Angelo, Texas last night to face charges that he raped a child.
Image courtesy Texas Attorney General's office

The Texas Attorney General sent us a news release this morning announcing that Warren Jeffs, former leader of theFundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), arrived in the West Texas town of San Angelo at 9 o'clock last night.

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