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Jeffs appealing to Texas high court

Published April 25, 2012 5:18 pm

Polygamy • Sect leader submits petition in form of three "revelations."
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In the form of three so-called revelations from God, polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has appealed his sexual assault of a child conviction to the highest criminal court in Texas.

Jeffs, who is acting as his own attorney, filed a petition for discretionary review Tuesday before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

"I, Jesus Christ, even Son Ahman, speak to the Supreme Court of Texas ... as pertaining to legal prosecution against my servant Warren Jeffs," it begins.

Three revelations, dated in November and December, promise "whirlwind judgements" if Jeffs and 10 other Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints men, specifically former elder Merril Jessop, aren't freed.

Jeffs, 56, was convicted in August of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, whom he took as plural wives. He has acted as his own attorney since the early days of his trial. His appeal in front of the Texas 3rd District Court of Appeals was dismissed last month after he failed to file anything on his own behalf.

Tuesday's petition seems to say that Jeffs purposely allowed the case lapse at the to instead go directly to the high court.

lwhitehurst@sltrib.com

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