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Court upholds cult leader’s sexual misconduct conviction

Wayne Bent Michael TravesserToday: The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the convictions of religious cult leader Wayne Bent for sexual misconduct with teenage followers.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been ordered to appear in court to discuss how the state will pay millions in past-due fees to the accountant in charge of the property trust the state took over from the FLDS cult.

And Word of Faith Fellowship — an abusive church in North Carolina — is accused of confining and beating a man because he is gay.

Finally: Would you donate money to a millionaire preacher who claims God will make you rich? [Read more...]

New Mexico Supreme Court denies cult leader Wayne Bent’s bond petition

Wayne Bent New Mexico’s highest court has denied sect leader Wayne Bent‘s petition to be released on bond from prison while he appeals his convictions for sexual misconduct with teenage female followers, AP reports.

The Supreme Court denied the petition without explanation, as had the Court of Appeals.

AP also says Bent is being force-fed. A judge cleared the way for that after the cult leader tried to starve himself by means of an extended fast in protest of his imprisonment. [Read more...]

AG opposes cult leader Wayne Bent’s bond petition

Wayne Bent New Mexico attorney General Gary King’s office is opposing cult leader Wayne Bent’s petition to the state Supreme Court for bond while awaiting appeal.

Bent’s previous filings on district and state levels were both denied. Assistant Attorney General Margaret McLean asks the Supreme Court to uphold the previous courts’ rulings.

She cites no “clear and convincing” evidence that Bent, Strong City leader, won’t flee or pose danger to another person or community. She also says a reversal or order for a new trial is unlikely and argues there are no grounds to revisit granting an appeal bond. [Read more...]