Patricia Jane | August 5, 2011 at 01:44 pm
Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), has been on trial for barely a week, but the jury has already convicted him of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, both of whom Jeffs claims were his “spiritual wives.” Jeffs could face life in prison.
Earlier this week, the prosecution rested its case after playing a tape of Jeffs having sex with a 12-year-old church follower. Forensic evidence also presented nearly-certain proof that Jeffs was the father of a child born to a 15-year-old follower. Jeffs, after firing his lawyers, defended himself, saying that the issue was not sexual assault; rather, his religious freedoms were being “trampled” upon. (more…)