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2009-09-19 02:27:28

America's largest and most -secluded polygamist colony will be showcased in a new four-hour tour, organizers say. The tour will offer accounts from guides who had lived in The Creek, the historic name for the community on the Utah-Arizona border that is home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The tour's promotional literature promises answers to questions from the curious: Why the prairie dresses and long braids? No makeup?...

2008-10-23 21:00:08

Utah should do more to clamp down on polygamy, a New York law professor said in a debate with a member of the Utah attorney general's office. Marci Hamilton of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law praised Texas in the debate Wednesday for raiding a ranch owned by a polygamous sect and taking custody of the children there, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. She said a 1955 Utah Supreme Court ruling that polygamous homes are not fit for children gives the state the legal tool it needs. Hamilton...

2008-10-07 09:00:28

By Ben Winslow Deseret News The Fundamentalist LDS Church has filed a federal lawsuit challenging court-ordered reform efforts to its real-estate arm. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, accuses the attorneys general of Utah and Arizona, the court- appointed special fiduciary of the United Effort Plan Trust, and the judge who reformed that trust of violating the FLDS Church's First Amendment rights. "The UEP Trust was formed so FLDS Church members could...

2008-09-17 09:00:31

By Ben Winslow Deseret News More children are being dropped from the nation's biggest custody case, which involves the Fundamentalist LDS Church. On Tuesday, Texas Child Protective Services filed to "nonsuit" four more children taken into state custody in the raid on the YFZ Ranch. That brings the total number dropped to 291, agency spokesman Patrick Crimmins told the Deseret News. Approximately 439 children were taken from the YFZ Ranch and then subsequently returned to their parents...

2008-09-02 09:00:20

By Ben Winslow Deseret News Prosecutors in Utah are beginning to get a glimpse of some of the massive amounts of evidence seized by law enforcement during the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch in Texas. But any hopes of building criminal cases may evaporate if lawyers for the polygamous sect succeed in getting the search warrants tossed. "We're certainly interested, and we will follow up on that stuff," Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said in a recent interview with...

2008-08-30 12:00:28

By Ben Winslow Deseret News After years of silence, members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church are challenging the man appointed by the courts to oversee the polygamous sect's real estate holdings arm. A lawsuit was filed in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court late Friday seeking to set aside an $8.8 million default judgment awarded to the court-appointed special fiduciary of the United Effort Plan Trust. The money was awarded in 2007 to Bruce Wisan after the UEP's former trustees,...

2008-07-22 15:00:39

By Terri Langford, Houston Chronicle Jul. 22--ELDORADO -- Female members of the polygamist sect are refusing to answer questions before a grand jury in West Texas meeting this morning to consider criminal child abuse charges against the group. About nine women have been subpoenaed and about half have made it into the meeting room on the Schleicher County courthouse square, but all come out quickly after telling the grand jury nothing, said a 25-year-old member of the sect who would only...

2008-07-22 12:00:41

By Terri Langford, Houston Chronicle Jul. 22--ELDORADO -- Grand jurors will meet this morning in a small West Texas town to consider whether to indict members of the nation's largest polygamist group for their role in arranging underage marriages. The state of Texas raided a ranch north of Eldorado, owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, after receiving information that girls under age 18 were being placed in "spiritual marriages" with men. Texas...

2008-07-17 00:00:20

A Utah judge has rejected a request to stop preparations to evict hundreds of residents from two polygamous communities on the Utah-Arizona border. Judge Denise Lindberg said in a Tuesday ruling there were several unresolved issues with facts and procedures in the motion by lawyers for the residents in the border communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., the Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday. People threatened with eviction either formerly or currently belong to the...

2008-07-16 06:00:00

By Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 16--The United Effort Plan Trust was officially organized in 1942 by a fundamentalist Mormon group known at the time as The Work -- now the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was designed to protect property and, through a communal effort, support members with plural families. The trust holds virtually all land and buildings in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., formerly known as Short Creek; it also...


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