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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...

2008-09-22 09:00:30

By Ben Winslow Deseret News Recent bigamy indictments handed down by a Texas grand jury could be the seeds for a case that could eventually find itself before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the ban on polygamy, a lawyer for the Fundamentalist LDS Church said. "I think the beginnings of that case are being filed in Texas right now," Rod Parker said during a panel discussion last week at the annual Utah State History Conference. Parker appeared alongside Utah Attorney General Mark...

2008-08-12 15:00:35

Texas authoroties could charge as many as 50 members of a breakaway Mormon group with bigamy, a Utah newspaper reported Tuesday. The Deseret Morning News said Texas Rangers are investigating 20 alleged cases of sexual assault involving the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter-Day Saints. Five church members have been indicted in Texas, including Warren Jeffs, the group's leader. Earlier this year, Rangers raided the Yearning For Zion Ranch in El Dorado, Texas, after child welfare...

2008-07-25 06:00:28

By Steve Tetreault By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - Sen. Harry Reid on Wednesday introduced a bill in Congress to crack down on polygamous groups, charging that crime is organized and "rampant" within the communities. Reid's first stop today to promote the bill will be at a hearing that he largely organized with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure calls for formation of a federal task force to combat "the unique set of crimes committed by...

2008-07-24 09:00:26

By Ben Winslow Deseret News In the face of the controversial topic of polygamy, an advocacy group is trying to build bridges between two worlds that inherently distrust each other. In the process, the pro-polygamy group Principle Voices has evolved into a political and educational force that is reaching out to people both inside and outside polygamous communities. "When we first started speaking publicly, it was because nobody was speaking from our perspective," said Mary Batchelor, the...

2008-07-23 21:00:26

By Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 23--A Senate hearing set to take place Thursday perpetuates a long history of persecution of a religious minority, according to a spokesman for a polygamous sect. In a three-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Salt Lake City attorney Rod Parker said it is "unfortunate" that the panel will meet to discuss polygamy without allowing the subjects of the hearing to respond. "History is replete with examples of misinformation becoming...

2008-07-23 09:00:39

By Ben Winslow Deseret News The U.S. attorney for Utah predicts prosecutions against members of polygamous sects as part of a multistate cooperative investigation into crimes associated with polygamy. "I absolutely think that there will be charges," Brett Tolman said Tuesday. "They may range in nature and scope, but there will be charges." It comes as a coalition of law enforcement from several states -- Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Texas -- are beginning to share information about crimes...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

Another Texas official involved with the controversial raid on an polygamist ranch announced his retirement Friday. Col. Thomas Davis Jr., head of the state Department of Public Safety, released a brief statement, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported. His last day is to be Aug. 31, the same day that Carey Cockerell, director of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, retires. Cockerell and Davis headed the two agencies involved in the raid in April on the Yearning for Zion...

2005-12-09 00:14:53

By Allan Dowd VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian prosecutors vowed on Thursday to co-operate in pursuing allegations of sexual exploitation by a polygamist group that has settlements in both countries. Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff met with officials in British Columbia, who are under pressure to join the United States in a crackdown on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Men in the FLDS need three wives to enter...

2005-12-08 18:20:41

By Allan Dowd VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian prosecutors vowed on Thursday to co-operate in pursuing allegations of sexual exploitation by a polygamist group that has settlements in both countries. Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff met with officials in British Columbia, who are under pressure to join the United States in a crackdown on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Men in the FLDS need three wives to enter...


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