August 3rd, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Prosecution rests in Warren Jeffs' sex assault trial

The prosecution has rested its case in the sexual assault trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of bigamy stemming from a 2008 raid on a ranch near Eldorado, Texas, operated by his church. He is expected to be tried on the bigamy charge later.


Filed under: Crime • Polygamy • Religion
July 28th, 2011
01:27 AM ET

Judge allows polygamist sect leader to represent himself

[Updated at 1:26 p.m. ET] Texas Judge Barbara Walther has granted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs' request to represent himself in his sexual assault trial.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] Jeffs told a Texas judge Thursday he has dismissed his defense attorneys and wants to represent himself in his sexual assault trial, saying if he does not, '"true justice cannot be served."

[Posted at 8:57 a.m. ET] Opening statements could come Thursday, authorities said. Lawyers are scheduled to argue about a defense motion to suppress evidence that authorities seized during their arrest of Jeffs in 2006 in Las Vegas. After that, the jury will be sworn in and and opening statements will start, court officials said.

Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of bigamy stemming from a 2008 raid on a ranch operated by his church.

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On the Radar: Heat wave, India-Pakistan talks, Jeffs' trial
The remains of a catfish decay in a dried up lake in San Angelo, Texas, on Monday.
July 26th, 2011
06:08 AM ET

On the Radar: Heat wave, India-Pakistan talks, Jeffs' trial

Three things you need to know today.

Heat wave: The deadly heat wave that has kept much of the eastern and central United States in its grip is expected to hold on longer in some central states this week.

Parts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are under excessive heat warnings until the end of the week, the National Weather Service said.

Those areas - including Wichita, Topeka and Goodland, Kansas; St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Pleasant Hill, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma - should experience heat indices between 105 and 110 degrees on most days, the weather service said.

Parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and Texas are under heat advisories for the remainder of the week as well, according to the service. They can also expect heat indices between 105 and 110 degrees throughout the week.

High heat indices from Monday include Killeen, Texas, at 112, and Darlington, South Carolina, Duncan, Oklahoma, and Greenville, Mississippi, all at 110.

India-Pakistan talks: India and Pakistan are set to open a new round of talks this week in the latest attempt by the Asian rivals to build mutual trust.

No breakthroughs are expected in the bitter disputes that divide the nuclear neighbors, but some progress might come in the area of Kashmiri trade.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, will arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday, a day before she is scheduled to meet with her Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna.

Top bureaucrats from the two sides were in discussions in the Indian capital, New Delhi, ahead of Wednesday's talks.

Polygamous sect leader's trial: Jury selection enters a second day Tuesday in the sexual assault trial of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of bigamy stemming from a 2008 raid on a ranch operated by his church.

Authorities raided the Yearning for Zion ranch near Eldorado, Texas, and removed 400 children who they feared had been sexually abused.

Some of the men at the ranch were charged with sexual abuse and most of the children were later returned to their families.

The ranch is operated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an offshoot sect of the mainstream Mormon Church.

District Judge Barbara Walther told the pool of potential jurors on Monday that the trial could last two to three weeks.

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Gotta Watch: Saddam statue falls; Arthur Ashe's announcement; FLDS raid
April 8th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Saddam statue falls; Arthur Ashe's announcement; FLDS raid

The end of Saddam's regime - The video is a look back at the day the Iraqi people pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein.  It happened on April 9, 2003.  You can see people cheering and waving flags as they carry bits and pieces of the statue around central Baghdad.  Someone even shouts "Goodbye Saddam" as you watch him fall. This symbolized the end of the Iraqi leader's regime.  

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