Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints paedophile Warren Jeffs asks for a new trial citing 'religious freedom'

Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has filed a handwritten motion seeking a new trial in Texas after he was convicted there and sentenced to life in prison on child sex assault charges.

Jeffs, who heads the Utah-based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, claims his religious freedoms were violated by the courts – an argument he also tried to make while defending himself during his trial.

'The Constitutional protection for religious faith and freedom of practice not being of full protection in previous trial ... is legal grounds sufficient to rule in favor of defendant allowed a new trial...,' the 55-year-old church leader wrote in his motion.

Drafted on lined notebook paper in Jeffs' uneven penmanship, the one-page motion was dated August 23, about two weeks after a jury found him guilty of sexual assaulting two FLDS girls aged 12 and 15, whom he married in religious ceremonies.

Schleicher County Court Clerk Peggy Williams said a Jeffs representative filed the motion on Friday at the courthouse in Eldorado, Texas. Read More