This Article is About
warren jeffs
one hundred years
book of mormon
religious persecution
guilty verdict
short break
Jeffs Is Guilty, Sentencing Phase To Last Less Than A Week
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Jeffs is Guilty, Sentencing Phase to Last Less Than A Week

Warren Jeffs, the self proclaimed Messiah and direct messenger of God has been found guilty by a jury of his peers and now faces the sentencing in his trial on two counts of sexual assault of a child. The often bizarre trial ended rather quietly; the prosecution rested and Jeffs called but one witness in his own defense. That witness, a church elder did not speak about Warren Jeffs, however, nor did Jeffs ask him any questions. Instead, JD Roundy read from the Book of Mormon for about ten minutes before he left the witness stand. Jeffs then took that opportunity to rest his case.

Judge Barbra Walther had repeatedly encouraged Jeffs to consult with his attorneys to build his defense but he refused to do so. Instead, he tried, three times to have Walther removed from the trial, unsuccessfully. Jeffs also resorted to theatrics and other bizarre behavior at times during the hearings, but in the end, the case went ahead as it had been planned.

The jury was given instruction to weigh the evidence that had been presented and not to give credence to some of the things that Jeffs had spoke about in court. They were also told that the case was not about religious freedoms or religious persecution. The jury was out of the room during a break when Jeffs had made threats against all who would seek to punish him- earning him a warning from the Judge that further threats would not be tolerated.

After being given their instructions, the jury deliberated for under four hours and came back with a guilty verdict. The sentencing phase began after the court took a short break and according to the prosecutors is expected to take less than a week to complete. Jeffs could face a sentence of over one hundred years in prison. Eleven other members of the church were also arrested for similar charges with seven of them already convicted. those seven received prison sentences that ranged from six years to seventy five years.

Jeffs, who is 55 years old, has one legal wife as well as 78 spiritual wives. Twenty four of those additional wives are underage, including the fifteen year old and twelve year old that he was charged with assaulting. The fifteen year old is the mother of one of his children according to a DNA expert who testified in the trial. Jeffs, who kept journals and audio tapes of all of his actions could be heard on one of those tapes having sex with the younger of the girls after instructing her to feel the “spirit of God”.

In addition to the two charges he was convicted of, Jeffs will face trial for charges of polygamy later this year. The church believes that each man must have at least three wives to be allowed into heaven, a belief that was ended a century ago by mainstream Mormons.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Prosecution Presents Final Evidence And Then Rests In the Case Against Warren Jeffs
Prosecutors have played several audio tapes in their case against Warren Jeffs who is currently facing two counts of sexual assault on a child and will stand trial for additional charges later this year. The last one, considered the most damning of the polygamist sect leader and self proclaimed “messenger…
By: Fiona Lyons in  News and Society   Aug 04, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Warren Jeffs, On Trial for Sexual Assault, Gets Warning From Judge for Threats
Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has drawn a warning from the judge that is presiding over his case. He has already caused controversy by asking for the right to fire his attorneys. Judge Barbra Walther allowed him to do so,…
By: James Keller in  News and Society   Aug 04, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Some Foods to Eat to Lose Belly Fat
We are what we eat and we get all kinds of advice on what to eat to control our weight and what foods to eat to lose belly fat. Are there foods we should stay away from too? Well, we shouldn’t just be thinking about our weight, we should be…
By: John T Jones, Ph.D. in  Health and Fitness  >  Build Muscle   Jul 02, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Fathers Day
A father plays a key role in the life of his family and society. He is the head, leader, and priest of his household and has the God-given responsibility to faithfully love his wife and train and discipline his children in the fear of the Lord. He has to be…
By: Winston Hackshaw in  Home and Family  >  Holidays   May 25, 2011  
  Likes: 1

How Long Are You Going To Live And Do You Care About Any Life Expectancy Gap?
I want to live for a very long time! I like to think I am a man of my word and I promised my grandson that I would be at his 50th birthday party, which will be when I am one hundred years old.Living a long and healthy life has…
By: JohnV in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Oct 21, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Effectual Pain Relief With Electro Therapy
There can be several recommendations for people suffering from pain. Some physicians may suggest painkillers while others may recommend physiotherapy. One of the most effective ways to counter pain is electro therapy. This therapy uses tiny electric stimuli to treat acute and chronic pain. Treating pain with electricity is not…
By: Alex Robinson in  Health and Fitness  >  Acupuncture   Mar 20, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Driving In France: Make Your Way Around the Battlefields Of France
For some people, the idea of driving in France is daunting but it doesn’t have to be. If you are well prepared and start with journeys that are relatively close to the channel crossing then you will soon be a confident French driver. Here are some ideas for historical battlefield…
By: Sanef Tolling in  Travel and Leisure  >  Car Rentals   May 23, 2012  
  Likes: 0

The Book Of Mormon Coming To Denver, CO
Trey Parker and Matt Stone may be best known for Comedy Central's long-running, controversial cartoon series South Park, but now they have added a new string to their bow with their musical "The Book of Mormon". This new project has been an award winning hit on Broadway, and now has…
By: Ron Gilmore in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Performing Arts   Feb 08, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Uv Light Projection Gets Makeover With High - Quality LED Lighting
A new generation of UV LED lights is not only changing the quality of UV light projection, it’s making it easier for designers and production houses to implement UV light into their projects. Elation Professional offers two new generation UV LED lighting products – the Antari UV Spot 670™ and…
By: Nisha Malhotra in  News and Society  >  Eco Innovations   Jun 07, 2016  
  Likes: 0

The New York Times - Breaking News
“Jaws,” they say, invented the blockbuster. But damn if Muhammad Ali didn’t get there first. From 1971 to 1974, he starred in two of the greatest events in the history of American sports, fights with Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden and George Foreman in Kinshasa that had names that…
By: Rocky Rogers9 in  News and Society   Jun 05, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Community And Non Profit Logo Design - Endowment
An image portraying unity, strength and togetherness combined to convey a sense of security, growth, friendship and the nurturing of core human values. A designer’s biggest obstacle while creating a Community and Non Profit Logo Design would be exclusivity. The number of designs and images utilized for nonprofit organizations are…
By: Susan Mary in  News and Society   Jun 04, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts And Satish Reddy Walked the Cannes Red Carpet
The Cannes Film Festival 2016 began with a bang where beautiful and talented people are convening to celebrate the string of movie debuts with glamorous red carpet walks and even more glamorous parties. Hundreds of celebs have walked those famed Cannes red carpet steps, here's a look at the celebs…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  Religion   May 30, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Construct Targeted Lists
One of the first and significant things you ought to do when you are beginning a business is to manufacture a rundown of imminent clients. Your contact rundown or lead rundown is the way to the life span of your business, and your email list building strategies will be a…
By: uaemaillist in  News and Society  >  Anthropology Sociology   May 29, 2016  
  Likes: 1

LED Lighting Market In India to Grow at 30% Till 2021
Rising government initiatives, increasing awareness among customers regarding lower power consumption of LED lighting products, and innovative product offerings to drive LED lighting sales through 2021. Being the second most populous country and fifth major electricity consumer, India has been witnessing widening electricity demand-supply gap. Consequently, usage of energy efficient…
By: Nisha Malhotra in  News and Society  >  International   May 28, 2016  
  Likes: 0

“film In Georgia” Presented at Cannes Festival Exhibition
Georgia who is rugged with its beautiful mountain scenery and the spectacular Black Sea coastline along with historic capital, the city has a vast array of cinematically attractive locations to entice International filmmakers and It seems that movie producers from Bollywood and Hollywood started taking note, for the Caucasus country…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  Energy   May 23, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1222    Report this Article