Utah charges dismissed against Warren Jeffs

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  • jerrie Seattle, WA
    Nov. 12, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    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.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    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.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    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.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Nov. 9, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    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?

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    Nov. 9, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Ms molli, go ahead and spell that out for us.

  • Munk Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    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...

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    Nov. 9, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    All the political wrangling aside,I'm glad this maggot is in prison. Utah taxpayers need to thank Texas

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    '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


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  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    My guess is that the most powerful lobbyist in this State requested this ...

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 2:51 p.m.


    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.

  • oldirishman Van Wert, OH
    Nov. 9, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    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?

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    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.

  • eatwater SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Pete in Texas Copperas Cove, TX
    Nov. 9, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    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!