Latest Polygamy in the United States Stories

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...

2008-09-24 15:00:25

A Texas sheriff was Wednesday arranging the surrender of three members of a polygamist sect who were indicted on child-abuse and bigamy charges. The three were named in five indictments announced Tuesday in the ongoing investigation into the Utah-based Fundamentalist LDS Church. "The three... were indicted for sexually assaulting children," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a written statement. "Each of those suspects faces one felony count of sexual assault of a child and two...

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 09:00:51

By Ben Winslow Deseret News Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard may go to court to get evidence seized from the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch shared with states conducting investigations into alleged crimes within the polygamous sect. "We haven't gotten the information that we've asked for. We have been pushing Texas, and federal authorities there, to try to release and help us evaluate some of the evidence," Goddard said in an interview with the Deseret News shortly after...

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...

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