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Utah Supreme Court takes center stage

Published March 27, 2012 7:19 am

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The two major story lines in the United Effort Plan trust case came together today when the A.G.'s office appealed a $5.5 million debt-payment order to the state's highest court.

The Supreme Court judges already have before them a decision that could bring a screeching halt to the federal side of the case, where the FLDS hope an appeals court will uphold a decision giving back control of their $114 million property trust for the first time in almost seven years.

So it's all in the Supreme Court's hands now. How might they rule? It's hard to say.

They dismissed the case when it came before them two years ago, siding with the state.

But they did it because the FLDS waited too long to sue, not because they decided the sect was wrong. When they could have waded more deeply into the case on the state's side last year, they demurred.

And this is the same court that overturned Warren Jeffs' conviction on accomplice-to-rape charges.

Though that wasn't entirely unexpected, since that charge is usually for people more directly involved in the act, like someone who held a victim down. Read more here.

So stay tuned.