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Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 08:10PM

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 in the case have changed. A federal court judge has scheduled a Dec. 20 hearing …

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  • (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
  • 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. 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 Dec 07 2016 07:28 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


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  • 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
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    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) Polygamous sect leader says he’ll account for food he donates to church
    Seth Jeffs, brother of the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, came closest last week to winning a re...
    Updated Nov 20 2016 09:26 am   |     |   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. Arizona begins process of booting polygamous community’s police force
    Phoenix • Arizona’s police regulators on Wednesday heard allegations of lying, false arrests and ambivalence in connection with six marshals from a po...
    Updated Nov 16 2016 10:22 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. Denying polygamists’ religious argument, judge propels food stamp fraud case toward trial
    A federal judge on Tuesday rejected religious freedom arguments and upheld the indictments of 11 polygamous sect members accused of conspiring to defr...
    Updated Nov 16 2016 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brady Williams, stands with two of his wives, Robyn Williams, left, and Nonie Williams, right, and his daughter Hannah Williams, as they attend a March protest rally in Salt Lake City against H.B. 281 that if passed make polygamy a felony in Utah again. Members of Utah’s plural marriage community are not happy and rallied against the bill in the Capitol rotunda during the 2016 legislative session. Utahns oppose decriminalizing polygamy, with millennials most against it, poll shows
    When 23-year-old Hannah Williams meets someone new who discovers she is from a polygamous family, that person starts asking questions. How many broth...
    Updated Nov 05 2016 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Girls at work along a fence on Lot 19 in the Hildale Industrial Park, Wednesday September 14, 2016. The Hildale City Council finalized a sale of the lot to a company called Tenura LLC in June. The price was $23,275, according to public records. Utah town is selling land to businesses aligned with a polygamous church
    Hildale • On July 14, 2014, the City Council here decided to sell some land. It passed a resolution approving the sale of six parcels within a city-o...
    Updated Nov 03 2016 10:17 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. Loss of salvation doesn’t burden religion, government says in polygamous sect food stamp case
    Federal prosecutors are again urging a judge to uphold indictments against 11 members of a polygamous sect, this time arguing that sect members are tr...
    Updated Dec 01 2016 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   An employee with Phaze Concrete closes the gate at the construction site of a new residence hall at Utah State University Thursday September 1, 2016. Concrete company with polygamous ties settles child labor complaints
    A construction company accused of using child workers and sending money to a polygamous church has settled a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit, accordi...
    Updated Nov 03 2016 08:39 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. U.S. Supreme Court asks Utah for a response in ‘Sister Wives’ case
    In a sign that it is interested in the case, the U.S. Supreme Court has asked the Utah Attorney General’s Office to respond to an appeal from the poly...
    Updated Nov 01 2016 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Girls at what was then an FLDS private school in Hildale, March 15, 2006. Polygamous town’s city manager tries to fend off disbandment of police force
    Phoenix • The federal government should allow twin towns dominated by a fundamentalist Mormon sect on the Arizona-Utah border to police themselves, de...
    Updated Oct 29 2016 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Marshal on patrol Monday, February 18, 2013 in Hildale, Utah. In testimony, polygamous towns’ police chief fights to keep his job
    Phoenix • The federal government’s effort to dismantle a police department dominated by a fundamentalist Mormon sect on the Arizona-Utah border is ove...
    Updated Nov 02 2016 11:46 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Colorado City and Hildale Fourth of July Parade makes its way down Central Street in Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ, as part of an Independence Day celebration Saturday July 2, 2016. Officers in polygamous Utah-Arizona towns try to stop evictions, witness says
    Phoenix • A key witness in the federal government’s effort to disband the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border told ...
    Updated Oct 24 2016 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    (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. Conference to train Utah attorneys on polygamy and the law
    Utah attorneys can learn how to litigate civil and criminal cases that involve polygamy at a training seminar next month. The seminar is 9 a.m. to 4 ...
    Updated Oct 24 2016 06:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   With a wall-off compound in the background, a Colorado City Marshal vehicle leads the way as the Colorado City and Hildale Fourth of July Parade makes its way down Central Street in Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ, Saturday July 2, 2016. After guilty verdicts, polygamous towns are the subject of a hearing that asks, ‘What next?’
    Changes appear to be coming for the municipal governments of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., home of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Chris...
    Updated Oct 23 2016 09:46 am   |     |   Share
  • John Wayman Judge denies motion to separate trials in polygamists’ food-stamp-fraud case
    A federal judge denied a motion Monday from polygamous leaders who sought to be tried separately in a food-stamp-fraud case. John Clifton Wayman and S...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 07:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    (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. A polygamous household is not a federal household, and other notes from Tuesday’s court hearing
    On Tuesday, 10 of the 11 defendants indicted in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fraud case were in court to argue they ...
    Updated Oct 06 2016 01:28 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. Polygamous sect member testifies of his religious beliefs during food stamp fraud hearing
    In a hearing that delved into Mormon history and the modern practices of a polygamous sect, defense attorneys on Tuesday made the case that restrictio...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 07:26 pm   |     |   Share