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Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 09:02PM

Earlier this month, in the living room of a South Jordan home, politically-engaged polygamists met to discuss two things. First, according to people who attended the meeting, the group explored ways to combat HB99, the latest bill seeking to clarify …

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  • POLYGAMY
    (Jud Burkett  |  The Associated Press)   Warren Jeffs looks at one of his attorneys during a 2007 court appearance in St. George. What was it like being married to Warren Jeffs? One wife has some stories.
    While hundreds, maybe thousands, of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints members have left the faith in the last decade, one sub...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 09:56 am   |     |   Share
  • Judge tosses lawsuit from ex-members of polygamous group
    A judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday against polygamous leader Warren Jeffs that claimed the sect’s longtime Utah law firm created a veneer that help...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Hildale - Preston Barlow, an FLDS member and Marshal with the Hildale/Colorado City Town Marshals. The Salt Lake Tribune)  /Trent Nelson; 12.20.2006 Polygamous towns in Utah and Arizona want to restructure, not disband, police department
    Phoenix • Two towns in Arizona and Utah are rejecting a proposed disbandment of their shared police department as a remedy to a jury verdict that conc...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 06:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs speaks to a small crowd in Salt Lake City after a hearing was held at the Matheson Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2009 to decide on the sale of the Berry Knoll property in the United Effort Plan (UEP) land trust. Case dismissed against defendant in FLDS food stamp case
    A judge on Friday dismissed the two felony charges against a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in a ...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs speaks to a small crowd in Salt Lake City after a hearing was held at the Matheson Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2009 to decide on the sale of the Berry Knoll property in the United Effort Plan (UEP) land trust. Six FLDS members plead guilty to a misdemeanor in food-stamp fraud case
    Six members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor on Wednesday in a federal foo...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Another FLDS defendant pleads guilty in food stamp fraud case and is sentenced to time served
    A second member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has pleaded guilty to a felony in a federal food-stamp fr...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Meri Brown, left, from the TV program ’Sister Wives’ carries on a conversation with a friend near the starting line of the 5K run to benefit Holding Out Help, a group that helps people leaving polygamy. The run started at 9 a.m. from Draper City Park, Saturday, September 22, 2012. ‘Sister Wives’ case should not go to U.S. Supreme Court, argues Utah A.G.’s office
    The polygamists who starred in the reality television show “Sister Wives” should not have their case reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, argues the Ut...
    Updated Jan 05 2017 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seth Jeffs, the brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, leaves a hearing at a state water board in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Jeffs is attempting to access more water for the sect’s remote South Dakota compound, but the board wants more information about what the group needs the water for. (AP Photo/James Nord) FLDS leader Seth Jeffs could be taking plea deal
    Another high-ranking polygamous group leader appears ready to take a plea deal in a multimillion dollar food-stamp fraud case. Seth Jeffs has a change...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seth Jeffs, right, the brother of Warren Jeffs, imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, participates in a state water board meeting, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Pierre, S.D. Jeffs and members of the United Order of South Dakota, a trust run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are requesting additional water for their remote South Dakota compound.  (AP Photo/James Nord) Two FLDS food-stamp defendants to stay in jail pending trial
    A judge on Wednesday opted to keep two defendants charged in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints food stamp case...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • John Wayman FLDS food stamp fraud defendant pleads guilty, is released from jail
    One of the 11 defendants charged in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints food stamp case pleaded guilty to a felo...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seth Jeffs, the brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, leaves a hearing at a state water board in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Jeffs is attempting to access more water for the sect’s remote South Dakota compound, but the board wants more information about what the group needs the water for. (AP Photo/James Nord) Polygamist defendants in food stamp fraud promise to obey judge to stay out of jail
    Defense attorneys on Tuesday told a federal court judge that their clients, in order to stay out of jail, will be willing to check with the judge befo...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A large home intended for the family of Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Friday April 26, 2013. The property was purchased by Willie Jessop who spent the day allowing former followers to see the inside of a compound they had previously not been allowed to enter. Man pleads guilty to causing $10K in damage to home once owned by Warren Jeffs
    St. George • A 23-year-old Colorado City, Ariz., man has pleaded guilty in Utah to vandalizing property belonging to a former bodyguard for a polygamo...
    Updated Dec 11 2016 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A boy pulls a barrel in a wagon in Hildale, Friday November 30, 2012. Feds: Disband police, overhaul services in polygamous Utah, Arizona towns
    Phoenix • The federal government on Friday said the police force that serves two polygamous towns found to discriminate against non-believers should b...
    Updated Dec 11 2016 09:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Southern Utah Pecan Ranch, near Hurricane, Wednesday September 24, 2014. Judge orders fine, inspections for polygamous company in child labor case
    A federal court judge has ordered a Utah company with ties to a polygamous church to pay $200,000 to its former child workers and appointed someone to...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 10:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ian Smith  |  Vancouver Sun  Former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints bishop, Winston Blackmore and present bishop, James Oler made a court appearance today, both charged with polygamy. This is James Oler after appearance. Jan. 21, 2009. Submissions in Canadian FLDS child-bride case wrap up, judge to rule Feb. 3
    Cranbrook, B.C. • The fates of three people accused of removing girls from Canada so that they could be married to older men are now in the hands of B...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seth Jeffs, right, the brother of Warren Jeffs, imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, participates in a state water board meeting, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Pierre, S.D. Jeffs and members of the United Order of South Dakota, a trust run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are requesting additional water for their remote South Dakota compound.  (AP Photo/James Nord) FLDS leaders say new evidence — or lack thereof — shows they should be released from jail
    Two of the defendants accused of diverting food stamp benefits to their polygamous church are asking a judge to release them from jail, saying facts i...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Colorado City, Ariz., attorneys Jeff Matura, left, and Melissa England, speak with Scottsdale, Ariz., Police Chief Alan Rodbell, foreground, and Hildale, Utah, attorney Blake Hamilton on Nov. 16, 2016, in Phoenix. The attorneys attended a meeting of the Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training Board. The board opted to start discipline proceedings against the marshals from Hildale and Colorado City. Why Utah didn’t move against polygamous towns’ cops when Arizona and the federal government did
    After four years, Utah’s investigations into four police officers in a polygamous community each ended with a single sentence. “POST investigation de...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Beneath the Skimmerhorn Mountains near Creston, British Columbia, the polygamist town of Bountiful is home to the northern branch of the FLDS led by Warren Jeffs appointed bishop Jim Oler.  Above, the FLDS’ high school sits on a hill overlooking the neighborhood.  photo by Leah Hogsten 2/21/04 Bountiful Prosecutor says sect members could infer girls moved to U.S. for sexual purpose
    Cranbrook, B.C. • A prosecutor says members of religious sect in British Columbia carried out the instructions of a now-imprisoned polygamous leader t...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the FLDS Church walk to Federal Court in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 3 for a two-day hearing to hear testimony from FLDS members and government witnesses to determine whether defendants have a religious right to share their food stamp benefits. Deals reached for some defendants in polygamous food-stamp-fraud case, lawyers say
    Federal prosecutors have offered plea agreements to most of the 11 polygamous sect members accused of defrauding the food stamp program, lawyers said ...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 06:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLYGAMY
    Allred son recounts polygamous group’s formation
    Vance Allred is a history teacher. Near the outset of a conversation with the “Mormon Stories” podcast posted this week, he says there’s always anothe...
    Updated Dec 01 2016 07:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Ian Smith  |  Vancouver Sun  Former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints bishop, Winston Blackmore and present bishop, James Oler made a court appearance today, both charged with polygamy. This is James Oler after appearance. Jan. 21, 2009. Canadian judge says priesthood documents on teen marriages can be used in polygamists’ trial
    Cranbrook, B.C. • Documents admitted into court for three accused from a polygamous community in British Columbia allege the trio took two girls, aged...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 08:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 22, 2008 aerial file photo, buildings are seen on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ compound that has nearly 50,000 square feet of residential space near Pringle, S.D. The sect has applied to the state of South Dakota to double the amount of water it can take from an aquifer prompting concern by neighbors and law enforcement about a possible influx of members who are being displaced from a compound on the Utah- Arizona border. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File) Despite scrutiny on a polygamous sect, mystery grows in South Dakota
    Sheriff Rick Wheeler would like to serve a search warrant on the polygamous compound owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day ...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 11:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Ian Smith  |  Vancouver Sun  Former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints bishop, Winston Blackmore and present bishop, James Oler made a court appearance today, both charged with polygamy. This is James Oler after appearance. Jan. 21, 2009. Trial to begin in Canada for polygamists who sent daughters to marry in the U.S.
    On March 1, 2004, a Canadian man, one of his wives and their 13-year-old daughter walked into offices in Colorado City, Ariz. Brandon J. Blackmore, Em...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 07:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Former child bride living again in Canadian polygamous community, brother says
    A woman who married polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs as a teenager and had been sought by Canadian authorities recently emerged in her hometown, he...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 07:22 pm   |     |   Share