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Wednesday March 7, 2012
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Colorado City A Utah bill that would have disbanded a police department in a town populated by followers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs was short-lived.

Though aimed at the marshal’s office that serves the combined border community of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, it could have “unintended consequences” on small police departments in Utah, said Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General Kirk Torgensen.

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United Effort Plan The Utah Attorney General has asked the state supreme court to block a $5 million bill from an accountant appointed to oversee the United Effort Plan, the real-estate holdings arm of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In a filing Tuesday, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s office argued that forcing them to foot the bill for the court-appointed special fiduciary “intrudes on a pure legislative function and therefore constitutes an invalid exercise of the district court’s judicial authority.”

Friday March 2, 2012
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Wendell Loy Nielsen The bigamy trial of former FLDS sect leader Wendell Loy Nielsen will get a new judge.

Having renounced a plea bargain he accepted last October, Nielsen will go on trial in March on charges of marrying three women.

Monday February 27, 2012
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Warren Jeffs Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned cult leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, may be preparing another purge among the members of his sect.

Citing non-profit groups that work with people inside the sect’s insular communities, Ben Winslow at KSTU FOX 13 in Utah says Jeffs has reportedly set a new deadline to purge more people he has declared to be “unfaithful.”

Wednesday February 22, 2012
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FLDS A man excommunicated from the FLDS cult won a partial court victory in a lawsuit he filed against Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lawyers say the ruling could open the door to more lawsuits from those ousted by Jeffs.

Friday February 10, 2012
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Willie R. Jessop The former spokesman for the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs says in a new lawsuit that sect leaders arranged a nighttime burglary that gutted his business after he was excommunicated for refusing to falsify sect records on Jeffs’ marriages to underage girls.

Willie Jessop, a onetime Jeffs bodyguard and sect spokesman, is seeking more than $100 million in damages for business losses, repayment of money he loaned for sect legal expenses and compensation for abuse his family has suffered since leaving the group.

Thursday February 9, 2012
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Colorado City A bill under which Colorado City, Arizona — a town controlled by leaders of the polygamous FLDS cult — would be forced to disband its police force has advanced in the Arizona Legislature.

While the bill does not mention the town by name, Attorney General Tom Horne says that officers in Colorado City have actively interfered with the law.

Monday February 6, 2012
FLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
United Effort Plan Leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs, have paid Arizona county treasurers about $930,000 in back taxes.

In making the partial payment they avoided possible evictions of sect members.

Friday February 3, 2012
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FLDS An unusual building is under construction on the FLDS compound in Eldorado, Texas.

Speculations regarding its purpose range from a place to house a statue of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs to a new temple.

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FLDS Six months after he was jailed for life plus 20 years for his so-called ‘spiritual marriages’ to two teenage girls it’s clear Jeffs continues to pull the strings, call the shots and rule with an iron fist in the twin border towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.

Mike Watkiss reports.

Saturday January 28, 2012
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Holding Out Help Aa Salt Lake City-based nonprofit for people leaving polygamous groups held a fundraiser Friday.

The organization has seen its numbers grow significantly in the past year as dozens of people have been excommunicated from the state’s largest polygamous sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints led by Warren Jeffs

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Winston Blackmore Winston Blackmore may have finally met his match: the taxwomen — whom he is facing in a landmark Tax Court trial.

Also on his case: Canadian author and columnist Daphne Branham.

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Winston Blackmore Canadian polygamist Winston Blackmore revealed in a Tax Court he was compelled to pay money to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to prepare for the end of world as prophecied by the sect’s leader, Warren Jeffs.

To date at least 15 different deadlines set by Jeffs have gone and gone.

Friday January 27, 2012
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Warren Jeffs God wants Warren Jeffs and other FLDS members released from prison.

The cult leader — sentenced last August to life plus 20 years in prison for charges resulting from his ‘spiritual marriages’ to two teenaged girls — says so in a slew of revelations, some of which have been published in newspaper ads throughout the US and Canada.

Wednesday January 25, 2012
BountifulFLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Winston Blackmore Polygamous sect leader Winston Blackmore claims he is minister to approximately 400 followers in Bountiful and that they constitute a congregation, which should provide them an enormous break on taxes.

The Government of Canada is seeking to prove that he repeatedly understated his income on tax returns, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars being owed to the government

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