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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...

2008-10-04 12:00:12

By Ben Winslow Deseret News Arizona prosecutors are responding to a challenge of evidence seized from the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch in the upcoming trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. "The defendant seeks suppression of evidence that is either not relevant to the current charges or that the state does not intend to use in the prosecution of the charges," Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith wrote in court papers filed earlier this week. Jeffs, 52, is charged in Arizona...

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...

2008-09-17 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...

2008-09-05 09:00:18

By Ben Winslow Deseret News SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Child Protective Services wants a do-over. After months of not providing required evidence of abuse and neglect to lawyers representing parents of the hundreds of children taken in the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch, CPS acknowledged the case is so overwhelmingly big that full evidence discovery is nearly impossible. "The biggest thing the department is asking for is, basically, a mulligan," CPS attorney Charles...

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...

2008-09-02 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...

2008-08-26 09:00:49

By Ben Winslow Deseret News A judge in Kingman, Ariz., has declined to throw out an indictment against Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn released his ruling late Monday, denying a motion by Jeffs' attorneys to remand the case back to the grand jury. In a 14-page ruling, Conn noted the massive amounts of publicity coverage surrounding the case, but said there was nothing to show it deprived Jeffs of a fair and impartial grand...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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