A judge will look for five to seven qualified people to create a board that will oversee the redistribution of homes and other property within the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The state of Utah seized the cult’s property trust fund in 2005 over concerns of mismanagement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The justices decided the situation didn’t need emergency relief — rather a ” ‘plain, speedy and adequate remedy’ is available.”
Legal bills have mounted since the FLDS sect began fighting Utah state’s takover of its United Effort Plan trust.
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.”
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.
The FLDS sect’s property trust, since 2005 controlled by the state of Utah, owes more than $2.2 million in back taxes.
Under a Utah judge’s new ruling, people could be evicted from their homes along the Utah-Arizona border if they don’t pay their bills.
A judge has ordered the state of Utah to pay off $4.6 million in debt incurred by an accountant tasked with managing a land trust once run by jailed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.
The debt is for expenses incurred since those working for the trust were last paid in 2008.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided to keep a polygamous sect’s property trust under government control Wednesday, siding, for now, with a state court judge in a heated judicial standoff.
The appellate judges blocked a federal court order that would have temporarily returned control to theFundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
for the first time since the state of Utah took over the trust six years ago.
The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with the issue of who has the final say over state law as part of a long-running battle for control of a communal land trust tied to Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church. The question comes on the heels of a February federal court ruling
, which found that the state of Utah violated the religious rights of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
when it took over
the church’s land trust in 2005.
A federal judge on Friday gave a polygamous sect control of its trust for the first time in six years.
he Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
can manage its properties and businesses, valued at $110 million, but is prohibited from selling those properties or evicting any tenants. The FLDS also must honor existing contracts and leases.
A federal court judge on Tuesday bristled at the notion his ruling in a long-running dispute over control of a polygamous sect’s property trust should be delayed by a potential Utah Supreme Court ruling.
In a decision that could have major implications for a long-running court battle between the state of Utah and the polygamous FLDS
sect, a federal judge ruled Thursday that a state takeover of the sect’s property trust six years ago was unconstitutional.
Utah’s state courts seized control of the trust in 2005 amid allegations of mismanagement by church leaders, including Warren Jeffs, the newly reinstated head of the church
who is currently in jail in Texas
pending trial on charges of bigamy, aggravated sexual assault and assault.
Five members of a polygamous church, including two bishops, want a say in how a court-appointed land trust sells a piece of farmland once set aside as a temple site.
Attorneys for the Fundamentalist LDS Church argued before the Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lower court judge violated the constitutional rights Lyle Jeffs and James Oler by keeping them out of a United Effort Plan Trust legal dispute.
The Utah Supreme Court on Friday said a polygamous sect waited too long to object to a state takeover of its historic property trust, rejecting its bid to undo changes made to the United Effort Plan Trust.
The court sided with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which argued that members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
ignored numerous opportunities to participate in the changes to and management of the trust.
An appeal filed with the Utah Supreme Court says a district judge went too far when she stripped
a polygamous sect’s charitable trust of its religious purpose and denied church members “an effective voice” in court proceedings.
In rulings in the United Effort Plan Trust case, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg has sanctioned “continued violations” of constitutional rights of thousands who belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
, the appeal claims.