The problem is not simply that Utah refuses to enforce the law. The problem is
that Utah does not have any laws on the books against forcing a child to marry
an adult. I think this caught Shurtleff by surprise. If you read the Utah
Supreme Court decision in the case, they start by giving the background -
accepting as fact based on evidence that Warren Jeffs did force a 14-year-old
girl to marry a 19-year-old man.The faulty jury instructions had to
do with the fact that the Jury was told this was against the law - when, in
fact, it is not. Jeffs could have been convicted as accomplice to rape - if the
Jury was told to decide whether they believed the victim was raped because she
expressed a lack of consent to sex through words or actions. Jeffs could not be
convicted on the basis of forcing the victim to marry an adult man. Utah claims they focus on prosecuting abuses in polygamist communities, not
polygamy itself. That's tough to do when the most obvious abuse: forced or
coerced marriage is not illegal in Utah.
I believe the church is probably acting in its best interest here. The guy is
put away, good, now let him disappear. He gives the religion a bad name.
eatwater: Utah couldn't get a conviction because the girls cousin hadn't been
tried for the rape. So Jeffs couldn't be convicted of rape as an accomplise.giantfan: Brian David Mitchell was tried herein Utah.
For years now I have failed to understand why the State of Utah does not go
after this type of mess. This has been a problem for years and there are laws on
the books to address this. Why does Utah not grab the bull by the horns and
clean out their state of this. If more states banded together to go after this
it would end for those people caught in the middle. Does anyone have a good
explanation as to why Utah does nothing on this?
Ms molli, go ahead and spell that out for us.
I agree with Hemlock. This would of been a complete waste of time and taxpayer
money. He is going to be seeing Texas Gray Bar hospitality for a long time. Pagan stay on topic? Never happen! Though I must admit that it would
much more boring on these boards if not for Pagan...
Thanks for saving the taxpayers costly and cosmetic legal proceedings for Jeffs
who will already spend the rest of his life in prison. Those who want a show
trial should contribute to a voluntary fund to pay for it and let the rest of us
spend our taxes on something that will benefit all. And ask Pagan
to stay on topic.
All the political wrangling aside,I'm glad this maggot is in prison. Utah
taxpayers need to thank Texas
'Utah seems to have a big problem in prosecuting high profile cases, a la Warren
Jeffs, Brian David Mitchell. We have a judicial system that is rendered
virtually impotent when under the microscope.' - giantfan | 2:51 p.m. Nov. 9,
2011 Supported. *Survey shows some LGBT residents dont
feel safe By Rosemary Winters SL Tribune 07/12/10 A gay man arrested for
kidnapping after being severely beaten by his neighbors.' *Charges
filed against neighbors of gay man acquitted of kidnapping - By Linda Thomson
DSNews 03/03/10 *'Parole granted for 3 men in DJ Bell beating;
victim has left Utah, moved on with his life' - By Pat Reavy, Deseret News -
10/11/11 'Bell suffered a brain injury and has permanent partial
hearing loss because of the attack. Fair had a television smashed on his head,
crushing his right eye socket.'
My guess is that the most powerful lobbyist in this State requested this ...
oldirishman,Utah seems to have a big problem in prosecuting high
profile cases, a la Warren Jeffs, Brian David Mitchell. We have a judicial
system that is rendered virtually impotent when under the microscope.
I read Escape, by Carolyn Jessop, and Church of lies, by Flora Jessop, and
another book by an older lady victim. This mess is despicable, and a stain on
America. Shurtleff should have proceeded, just in case Warren Jeffs gets the
Texas conviction overturned. Never give a sucker a break! Utah seems to lack the
will to prosecute polygamists! WHY?
It never seems to be in the State of Utah's interest to prosecute these
expensive ones when the State can just sit back and let another agency (either
the U.S. Gov't or another State) take care of its dirty work. Personally I
think when something like this occurs the State of Utah should have to share in
the expenses the other jurisdiction incurs in taking care of Utah's criminals.
Another failure for Shurtlef in prosecuting criminals. It's time for Shurtlef
to go and get a real attorney to represent the people of Utah. Not some RINO
who cares more about his image, agendas, and political career, than doing the
work of Utahns. He has not yet convicted Warren Jeffs, or any other FLDS
leader, he made a mess out of the FLDS trust funds, never convicted a big name
criminal, never won a law suit against the federal government, but always seems
to be available to radio and television to voice his political opinions. Time
to go Shurtlef. Time to retire. You've taken enough of our tax dollars in the
name of a salary doing a submediocre job.
Glad the courts in Texas aren't opposed to trying a man and sending him to jail
for crimes committed like this under the guise of "religion". All ya'll are welcome!