0 votes

For All Those FLDS Fans -- Conviction of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs overturned

Rhino, this one is for you.


The Utah Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs and sent the case back for a new trial, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The court, in an unanimous decision, ruled that the judge made "serious errors" in his instructions to the jury in the 2007 trial.

Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was convicted of two counts of being an accomplice to rape for instructing a 14-year-old sect member to marry her 19-year-old cousin.

Jeffs also faces charges in Texas of alleged sexual assault of a child and bigamy.