Warren Jeffs appeals conviction, threatens God’s wrath if he’s not freed

Religion News Blog — Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned cult leader of the polygamous FLDS sect, has filed a new appeal of his child sex assault conviction, threatening God’s wrath if he is not freed from prison.

Acting as his own attorney, Jeffs filed his appeal in the form of three ‘revelations’ from God.

The revelations suggest that ‘Jesus Christ, even Son Ahman’ is asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to release him. ‘Son Ahman’ is terminology used in the Mormon Church, of which the FLDS is one of many sects.

According to Jeffs the Mormon version of Jesus Christ wants the Court to know that

“My people have endured persecution by government powers since Joseph Smith’s day on earth; and this nation is ripened for my full judgments, living in corruption,” Jeffs writes. “Let my servant and his brethren of my Church in Texas prisons be released, for they are prosecuted for abiding my law of Celestial Eternal Marriage of Plural Marriage Celestial; my most holy pure law of salvation, necessary for them and all others to receive full salvation.”

Jeffs, who is serving a sentence of life plus twenty years, has issued lots of similar revelations, which have been sent to various government officials. Lindsay Whitehurst, who writes The Polygamy Blog at the Salt Lake Tribune, has created a Google Calendar that includes links to the full text of Jeffs’ creative writings.

She says Jeffs’ latest revelations were sent directly to the court, and come about a month after the Third Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal against his conviction because he missed several deadlines for paperwork to be filed.

Whitehurts writes

In the new filing, Jeffs, who is acting as his own attorney, tells us he decided to skip the lower court and go straight to the top. He wants the judges to drop all the charges and let all the FLDS men in prison go free, especially Merril Jessop (who he seems quite concerned about these days.)

The revelation threatens God’s “full whirlwind judgements” if it doesn’t happen.

Read Warren Jeffs’ revelations to Texas high court
Research resources on the FLDS

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Religion News Blog posted this on Thursday April 26, 2012.
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