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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?...

2008-10-09 09:00:26

By Ben Winslow Deseret News In a ruling that could have widespread impact on the ongoing legal war involving the Fundamentalist LDS Church, the judge overseeing the polygamous sect's real-estate arm has ousted the law firm that used to represent it. Rod Parker and the Salt Lake law firm Snow Christensen & Martineau were disqualified Wednesday from representing the FLDS Church and some of its members in a challenge to the reforms of the United Effort Plan Trust. "This is an...

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...

2008-09-05 09:00:18

By Ben Winslow Deseret News SAN ANGELO, Texas -- It got ugly. The hearing over who should represent a 17-year-old member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church took some strange twists on Thursday, with attorneys outed as working for the polygamous sect, allegations of interference and lawyers putting each other on the witness stand. Ultimately, a judge here refused to remove Natalie Malonis as the court-appointed attorney for Teresa Jeffs. "I don't see any authority for a parallel...

2008-09-03 09:00:21

By Ben Winslow Deseret News SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A hearing about who should represent two children caught up in the custody battle involving the Fundamentalist LDS Church returns to court today. "We're asking the court to provide another ad litem lawyer for Teresa Jeffs in substitution for the ad litem she has," Alan Futrell, an attorney who has been hired by Jeffs' mother, said Tuesday. Futrell has also been hired to represent the mother of Warren Jessop, a boy also represented by...

2008-08-22 09:00:33

By Ben Winslow Deseret News ELDORADO, Texas -- One by one, the women of the Fundamentalist LDS Church were called before the grand jury to testify in secret about allegations of crimes within the Utah-based polygamous sect. By the end of the day, three felony indictments were handed down. "There's three different indictments, three different names," Schleicher County court clerk Peggy Williams confirmed late Thursday. She would not say who was indicted or what the charges were. The...

2008-08-22 09:00:33

A Texas grand jury indicted three more people belonging to a polygamist sect's ranch that authorities raided in April, sheriff's deputies said. The indictments were handed down Thursday after the panel sitting in Eldorado, Texas, heard testimony from several female members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Deseret Morning News of Salt Lake City reported Friday. "There's three different indictments, three different names," Schleicher County court clerk...

2008-08-18 18:00:23

By Copyright 2008 Deseret News By Ben Winslow Deseret News SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A judge here has set an Oct. 1 hearing on a challenge to the law-enforcement search of the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch. Among those who could be witnesses at the contentious hearing: the woman who allegedly made hoax calls that sparked the raid on the polygamous sect's property in west Texas. Rozita Swinton's name appears on a list of potential witnesses subpoenaed for either testimony or documents,...

2008-08-06 03:00:55

By Terri Langford, Houston Chronicle Aug. 6--SAN ANGELO -- Texas Child Protective Services moved Tuesday to return eight polygamist sect children to foster care, the first such action since the Texas Supreme Court ordered these children and more than 400 others returned to their parents in May. The six girls and two boys, ages 5 to 17, are in four Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints households that either refuse to condemn underage marriages in writing or are...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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