Utah Supreme Court to hear Warren Jeffs appeal arguments

The Utah Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments in an appeal of the 2007 criminal conviction of polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs, AP reports.

Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), was convicted on two counts of being an accomplice to rape.

The charges were related to a marriage Jeffs, as leader of the polygamous cult, conducted in 2001 between Elissa Wall, who was 14, and Allen Steed, 19.

He was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison.

Jeffs is awaiting trial on similar charges in Arizona.

Prosecutors allege errors were made during his trial.

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