Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news
ReligionNewsBlog

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: FLDS, Polygamy:

Jury selection process focuses on FLDS sect members


ReligionNewsBlog.com • Friday June 11, 2010

ELDORADO — Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints found themselves unexpectedly put on the spot when they answered a call for jury selection Thursday on the second day of the trial of fellow sect member Abram Harker Jeffs.

Jeffs is charged with sexual assault of a child.

Willie Jessop, an FLDS spokesman, said the FLDS potential jurors were given subpoenas outside the makeshift courthouse in Eldorado to testify before a pending Schleicher County grand jury.

“What kind of impression does it make to give them all subpoenas?” Jessop said. “It’s an intimidation tactic to keep the FLDS out of the court proceedings.”

Jury selection in the Jeffs trial continued into a second day Thursday.
[...]

“I believe you indicated that you could not consider the full range of punishment?” Goodman asked a potential juror.

The woman indicated that she could not.

The punishment would depend on the facts of the trial. Sexual assault, usually a second-degree felony, is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

However, an enhancement says that if the defendant was not allowed to marry, purporting to marry or living with the victim in the appearance of being married, the offense becomes a first-degree felony, punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Jeffs would be subject to the enhancement because the crime with which he is accused is alleged to have occurred after the enhancement went into effect.

Jurors also must be able to consider probation as a penalty, which the jury could recommend if the sentence were a prison term of less than 10 years.
[...]

Evidence against the FLDS men with criminal charges comes from an April 2008 raid on the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County. The raid was at first a search for a woman claiming she suffered abuse at the ranch. Authorities now believe the woman’s call to have been a hoax.
[...more...]

- Source / Full Story: Jury selection process focuses on sect members, Matthew Waller, San Angelo Standard-Times, June 10, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles

arrow Topic(s): FLDSPolygamy

Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


 Follow

Religion News You May Like This As Well

Why are you not using Nozbe?

Don't you need to get things done?

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog