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Warren Jeffs files handwritten motion for new trial...

Submitted by SiteAdmin on Thu, 09/08/2011 - 11:37
Polygamous sect leader continues to represent himself...In a handwritten motion, polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is asking for a new trial on sexual assault of a child charges in Texas. In a handwritten motion, polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is asking for a new trial on sexual assault of a child charges in Texas. The motion for retrial relies on the violation of religious freedom argument Jeffs made as he represented himself last month. Jeffs, 55, was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, whom he took as plural wives. The one-page motion is written in the same rambling, archaic style that characterized Jeffs’ speech at trial after he fired his team of high-profile attorneys. It was filed late Friday afternoon and appears to be written on lined, loose-leaf paper. “The Constitutional protection for religious faith and freedom of practice not being of full protection in previous trial ... is legal grounds sufficient to rule in favor of defendant allowed a new trial ...” it reads. Jeffs also asks for a new hearing on the suppression of evidence gathered in a massive 2008 raid on his followers’ remote ranch in Eldorado, Texas. That evidence formed the basis of the case against him. Throughout the trial, Jeffs voiced continual, rambling objections, asking for more time to prepare and saying the proceedings violated his freedom of religion, all of which were overruled. In his defense, he called a single witness — a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints follower, whom Jeffs asked to read Mormon scripture for hours before state District Judge Barbara Walther declared the defense rested. About three weeks after starting his prison sentence, Jeffs was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering unspecified medical problems while eating and drinking very little during a fast, according to Texas prison officials. By the day the motion was filed, however, he had stabilized and was out of intensive care at a prison hospital. He remained in the hospital Tuesday with no projected release date, according to a prison spokeswoman. Before the hospitalization, officials had decided to put him in protective custody to prevent possible violence from other inmates. He was housed in a solitary cell and only allowed out for two hours a day for a shower and recreation, though he could have visitors. It isn’t clear what his situation will be upon his release from the hospital. Jeffs had 30 days after his sentencing to file a motion for a new trial; the court now has 75 days to rule on a motion for new trial, according to the Texas rules of appellate procedure. Filing the motion for a new trial also gives Jeffs more time to file a notice of appeal — 90 days from the day of sentencing rather than 30 days. By Lindsay Whitehurst (lwhitehurst@sltrib.com), The Salt Lake Tribune, Sep 06 2011 Whitehurst’s Polygamy Blog at the Salt Lake Tribune includes pictures of Jeff’s handwritten motion, along with its full text. Special thanks to ReligionNewsBlog.com and ApologeticsIndex.org for research info... IMHO FACTNet This editorial/opinion/news alert has been provided or distributed by FACTNet, Inc. (Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network.) Please visit our web site at http://www.factnet.org if you would like to comment on this editorial/opinion/news alert or to share your personal experiences. Re-distribution and re-posting of this document using proper net etiquette when doing so, is appreciated! If you have something you would like Factnet to consider posting in our editorial/opinion/news story email it to manage@factnet.org . Be sure to put Factnet Story Submission in the subject line so it gets to the proper editors. Factnet’s mission is to be the largest online news and referral service as well as research archive for defending freedom of thought and mind from all forms of unethical influence tactics, mind control and mental coercion/torture used in destructive cults and fundamentalist groups. Since 1993 millions have been helped. FACTNet is a tax deductible, IRS Approved 501(c)(3) non profit organization. For breaking news, personal stories, recovery information, support groups, and expert referrals relating to our mission please visit our web site at http://www.factnet.org If you would like to view over 350,000 postings on various cults, comment on this editorial/opinion/news or to share your personal experiences, go to one of our many various message boards at http://www.factnet.org/vbforum F.A.C.T.Net, Inc. PO Box 1315 , Ignacio, CO. 81137 USA, E-mail: manage@factnet.org
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