July 27th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Polygamist leader's conviction overturned

The Utah Supreme Court has reversed Warren Steed Jeffs' two convictions on charges of rape as an accomplice and ordered a new trial.

After a highly publicized trial in Utah in 2006, Jeffs was convicted on two counts of being an accomplice to rape. He was accused of using his religious influence over his followers to coerce a 14-year-old girl into marrying her 19-year-old cousin. He was sentenced to two consecutive prison terms of five years to life.

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  1. Tex Geoas

    And the court's REASON for the overturn?

    July 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      The file of the decision is available on CNN. After reading it , no sane person could deny either Jeff's guilt or the fact that he is one sick batrd.

      July 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lowly Gentile

    The reason is that Jeffs is a folk hero in Utah. What kind of message does this send to Utah women and children, especially young girls??

    July 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lowly Gentile

      This shouldn't be a surprise when 70 percent of the state is Mormon. All the priesthood holders secretly wish they were Warren Jeffs. After all, they never changed the Book of Mormon to remove the requirement of 3 wives to enter the highest celestial heaven...er, I mean planet.

      July 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      He's a mormon...nuff said.

      July 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • benji

      Folks, I beg you to be less wrong. The notion that Jeffs is a folk hero in Utah is the furthest thing from the truth. It's sheer lunacy. I lived in Utah for a few years, and believe me, Jeffs is a source of anxiety, embarrassment, and shame, because Utahns know that ignoramuses like you think they support this pedophile pusher. He will receive swifter and more thorough justice at the hand of Mormon state officials than he would anywhere else.

      Please, get right before you spout nonsense.

      September 8, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • benji

      Oh, and I've read the Book of Mormon. Not a word in all 530 pages about "3 wives." Where are you getting this stuff? Hysterical.

      September 8, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Teacher

    Come on! Let children be children! 12 year olds should not be forced into inhumane acts such as marrying men 20 years her senior just because someone tells them so. We all have equal rights.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dski

    There should be no 'loop holes' to abuse children.

    July 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A Imam

    I am LDS, "mormon" and a woman and I have never been "required" by any one to do any inhumane acts and anything against my will or out of the ordinary. My experiences growing up have been exactly the same as any non LDS friend of mine. Warren Jeffs does not reflect the LDS religion and has no affiliation to it. To judge the LDS church based on one extremists actions is like judging Islam based on their extremists, all Muslims are not terrorists and all LDS are not polygamists. Also there is NOTHING in the Book of Mormon about a 3 wife requirement. I wish people would understand other religions or other people before they make generalizations and judge others. I do not support Warren Jeffs and LDS leaders have publicly stated that they do not support him and the church as a whole does not support him, and he is not a so called "folk hero" in Utah. The fact that LDS people founded Utah and still live there has nothing to do with the Supreme Court rulings. What Warren Jeffs did was wrong and all non LDS and LDS people can agree with that, the Supreme Court ruling is obviously incorrect.

    July 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ralf

    I am amazed at the ignorance of the previous posters who think Warren Jeffs is Mormon. He leads a group that spun off the LDS church many years ago. That's like saying that Lutherans are Catholics. And for those goofballs who think he is idolized in Utah you people are really out of it! They're tougher on him there than any where else! An as for "lowly gentile", show me in the Book of Mormon where it says there is a requirement of 3 wives! There is no such passage...what a bunch of tripe! They say ignorance is bliss...you Mormon-philes must be really happy!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • malarky

      All religion is a hideous lie imposed on people to make them feel guilt, take their money and control them. Yes- ignorance is bliss to those who don't understand that. You just carry on feeling comfort from your little fairy tale. Sheep

      November 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Writer

    If nothing else, this just shows that Jeffs is going to get true justice, not mob justice or angry justice, but real justice. He’ll go through retrial, get what he deserves in Utah, and then get extradited to Texas, where he’ll be tried for his crimes there, too. In the end, he’ll never be out of jail, again.

    July 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Writer

    Ralf: yep, there's a lot of misinformation about Mormons out there. Jeffs group left the LDS church almost a century ago, if not more. And the LDS Church ended polygamy in the 1890s. So people who say that it's a Mormon thing are just demonstrating their profound ignorance.

    July 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |