Wednesday March 13, 2013 FLDS • RNB's Religion News Blog • United Effort Plan:
The Utah Supreme Court says that 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg made an error when she secularized a polygamous church’s property trust.
The ruling will not benefit the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, since the sect missed the deadline to challenge Lindberg’s decision.
Tuesday February 19, 2013 FLDS • RNB's Religion News Blog • United Effort Plan:
The state of Utah wants to divest control of a religious sect’s property trust fund .
We’ll tell you what the United Effort Plan (UEP) property trust is, why Utah seized control of it, why the UEP has been the subject of ongoing legal battles, and why the state is looking for exit strategies.
Friday January 25, 2013 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A polygamous cult of Mormonism, whose prophet is serving life in prison, is coming under increased scrutiny by U.S. authorities.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has announced a criminal probe to determine whether marshals in the FLDS cult-dominated town of Colorado City are preventing women from leaving the polygamous sect.
Thursday November 29, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The State of Texas on Wednesday took steps to seize the Yearning For Zion ranch where underage girls were involved in marriages to adult followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).
Last year the cult’s leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what the FLDS considers “spiritual marriages.”
Under Texas law, law enforcement can try to seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct.
Monday November 5, 2012 FLDS • RNB's Religion News Blog • United Effort Plan:
A communal land trust once run by jailed U.S. polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs should not be turned back to leaders of his breakaway Mormon sect because they were too late filing a legal challenge against Utah’s takeover of the assets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.
We provide background to the case, as well as an overview of other controversies surrounding the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Saturday August 4, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog • United Effort Plan:
The state of Utah must help pay more than $5.5 million in past-due bills owed to an accountant appointed to run the FLDS sect’s United Effort Plan property trust after it was taken over by the state, the Utah Supreme Court decided Friday.
Utah courts seized control of the trust in 2005 amid allegations by state attorneys that the cult’s leaders had mismanaged its assets.
Friday June 22, 2012 FLDS • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The U.S. Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against government officials in the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., alleging civil rights violations.
the suit marks a departure for the federal government, which has until now steered clear of filing cases against members of the FLDS sect.
Friday June 8, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Jessop sued after he was excommunicated, alledging he was blackmailed and pressured to lie for Warren Jeffs
, who faced charges of under age marriages and child sexual assault.
Thursday June 7, 2012 FLDS • RNB's Religion News Blog • United Effort Plan:
Who should should control the FLDS sect’s property trust, and who should foot the bill for managing it?
Valued at more than $110 million, the trust has a liquidity crisis.
Friday May 18, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
In August, 2011, a Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault in a case stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his church calls “spiritual marriages.”
Jeffs has appealed his conviction with ‘revelations’ in which Jesus Christ allegedly demands his release, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has turned down the appeal.
Friday May 11, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
In his appeal, Abram Harker Jeffs claimed that the state had insufficient evidence to prove that a sexual relationship had occurred between him and his wife, whom he married when she was 14 years old.
He was one of 12 men indicted after a 2008 law enforcement raid on the sect’s Texas-based ranch.
Tuesday May 1, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A Utah Attorney has a series of criminal investigations under way into members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the polygamous sect led by jailed cult leader Warren Jeffs.
Authorities in Texas have begun sharing some of the billions of pages of evidence seized in an April, 2008 raid on the sect’s ranch.
Thursday April 26, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
State Attorney General Tom Horne had championed the bill, saying Colorado City officers who are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints flout the law and are simply replaced by other followers of imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs if removed individually.
Cult leader Warren Jeffs has filed an appeal for his release. The appeal is in the form of three ‘revelations from Jesus Christ.’
The revelations threatens God’s “full whirlwind judgements” if he and other imprisoned leaders of the polygamous FLDS sect are not released.
Wednesday April 25, 2012 FLDS • Polygamy • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A new set of aerial photos shows a couple of new buildings at the amphitheater under construction at the FLDS’ Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas.
There is speculation that the amphitheater will serve as a baptismal site.