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Nielsen guilty of bigamy

A few interesting highlights from Matthew Waller's great live blogging of the first day of the punishment phase of the trial of Warren Jeffs' former No. 2, Wendell Nielsen:

— Nielsen sent Jeffs detailed letters with reports on each member of his family.

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Examples: "Kathryn [one of Nielsen's wives]: (62) Improving; always accounting, quiet and pleasant."

And some notes on his children: "Requires more severe correction before responding," "working with her to be quicker with her in her obedience," "cannot be trusted," "sweet and peaceful."

— The defense looks to be focusing on Nielsen's expulsion excommunication from the church last year. The state has provided Warren Jeffs jail communications in the form of 67 CDs and 3 boxes of letters.

(Nielsen was found guilty today of three felony counts of bigamy for marrying three middle-aged women. He faces up to 10 years in prison.)

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