Warren Jeffs’ defense attorneys allege Elissa Wall ordered forgery

The debate over records allegedly re-created by a midwife and used as evidence in the 2007 trial of polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs intensified this week.

Jeffs’ defense attorneys — who released an interview with the midwife to support their claim — say Elissa Wall asked the midwife to forge records of a miscarriage Wall suffered in 2002.

Wall’s attorneys say that she only “unwittingly” answered questions about the miscarriage when the midwife contacted her.

In either case, as of Thursday a Utah Attorney General’s Office investigation into the matter is ongoing and prosecutors have not decided whether they will re-try Jeffs.

This year, the Utah Supreme Court overturned his conviction for forcing the then 14-year-old Elissa Wall to marry her 19-year-old cousin in 2002.

Washington County District Attorney Brock Belnap said the medical records will be an issue if Jeffs, who is awaiting extradition to Texas on criminal charges there, is retried in Utah.

– Source / Full Story: Jeffs’ defense attorneys allege Elissa Wall ordered forgery, Lindsay Whitehurst, The Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 11, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog


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