Tag: United Effort Plan

FLDS appeals trust rulings to Utah Supreme Court

FLDS An appeal filed with the Utah Supreme Court says a district judge went too far when she stripped a polygamous sect’s charitable trust of its religious purpose and denied church members “an effective voice” in court proceedings.

In rulings in the United Effort Plan Trust case, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg has sanctioned “continued violations” of constitutional rights of thousands who belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the appeal claims.

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.

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 sect members fight to stop sale of Utah farm

FLDS farm Attorneys representing 16 FLDS members have filed an action a farm was seized by a court-appointed fiduciary overseeing the United Effort Plan Trust without recognizing their lifetime right to work and live there.

If Bruce R. Wisan, who has overseen the UEP Trust since 2005, proceeds with a plan to sell the farm, they want proceeds turned over to them as compensation for those contributions. They also claim Wisan improperly evicted them from their homes at the farm after they refused to work for him.