Tag: Bruce Wisan

Overseer of FLDS trust alleges a conspiracy

Bruce Wisan The fight over the proposed sale of property from a communal trust set up by a polygamous sect intensified Thursday as the trust overseer alleged there is a “conspiracy” to thwart his efforts.

In a new court document, Bruce R. Wisan refutes claims he is waging war against or seeking to destroy the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Instead, he accused sect members of ”a conspiracy of noncooperation, hostility and sabotage” against the United Effort Plan Trust that now includes filing “frivolous” lawsuits.

FLDS seek to stop sale of site prophesied to one day include temple

FLDS A swath of farmland on the Utah-Arizona border has become the subject of the latest legal war involving the polygamous sect. FLDS members Willie Jessop, Dan Johnson and Merlin Jessop are seeking to halt plans by the court-appointed special fiduciary of the United Effort Plan Trust to sell Berry Knoll.

If a proposed sale of Berry Knoll Farm is allowed to proceed, it will divest the FLDS Church of one of its most sacred sites and place it in the hands of a rival religious group, three sect members allege.

Law firm booted from FLDS Church’s trust case

FLDS In a ruling that could have widespread impact on the ongoing legal war involving the Fundamentalist LDS Church, the judge overseeing the polygamous sect’s real-estate arm has ousted the law firm that used to represent it.

“This is an irreconcilable conflict, and it mandates the disqualification of Mr. Parker and the law firm,” 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg said. “It extends to the consultation of present and future litigants.”

FLDS suit: Seizing trust violates religious freedom

FLDS Members of a polygamous sect contend a court-ordered reorganization of their property trust violated their constitutional rights and are suing to reverse the changes or regain control of the trust.

In a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Monday, members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints argue that changes to the United Effort Plan Trust since a court takeover in 2005 have secularized it, violating their religious freedoms.

FLDS question state management of trust

Willie Jessop More than three years after the Utah courts took control of a polygamous church’s property trust, a representative of the embattled sect is speaking up — asking a state judge whether church members can ultimately own the homes and property now managed by a court-appointed accountant.

FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop appeared in court wanting to clear up confusion surrounding the ownership of assets in the United Effort Plan Trust.

Sect Members Are Offered Their Own Homes

For more than 60 years, all the land and all the homes in the dusty, side-by-side towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., belonged not to the residents, but to a trust set up by their church, a renegade Mormon splinter group that practices polygamy. Now the trust arrangement is being dismantled under court order, and past and present members of the church are being offered the opportunity to secure title to a house and become real homeowners.