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2 communities linked to polygamous sect sued for alleged religious discriminationupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 19:56:00

Two communities dominated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its jailed leader Warren Jeffs have been sued by the federal government for alleged religious discrimination against citizens who don't belong to the polygamous sect.

Warren Jeffs' appeal denied; another sect leader is convicted of bigamyupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 22:05:00

A Texas judge denied the appeal of fundamentalist sect leader Warren Jeffs on Thursday, the same day a jury considered testimony to determine how to sentence a key figure in his church after his own bigamy conviction.

Texas officials suspend Warren Jeffs' phone privilegesupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 23:42:00

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs' phone privileges have been suspended, as investigators look into whether he preached from prison, authorities said Tuesday.

Follower says he was expelled from FLDS for violating Warren Jeffs' sex banupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 04:36:00

A long-time follower of a jailed polygamist sect leader says he has been ex-communicated after admitting to having sex with his wife -- a violation of an order that Warren Jeffs apparently issued from behind bars.

Authorities: Wife of Warren Jeffs flees church communityupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 12:50:00

One of the 78 wives of jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs left the Arizona community of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week and is receiving medical treatment at a shelter, authorities said.

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs upgraded to serious conditionupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 10:58:00

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who was hospitalized this week after falling ill while fasting in a Texas prison, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday.

Warren Jeffs found guiltyupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 13:19:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman and 3TV reporter Michael Watkiss discuss polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs' guilty verdict.

Warren Jeffs tapes, photos releasedupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 09:25:00

Evidence against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs include audiotapes and images showing him and his wives.

Court releases Warren Jeffs audio sex tapesupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 09:25:00

Court officials have released the chilling audiotapes that prosecutors say depict convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs training the girls he claimed were his "spiritual wives" to have sex with him.

Warren Jeffs leaves courthouseupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 05:47:00

Warren Jeffs leaves the courthouse after being sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting children.

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sentenced to life in prisonupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 05:47:00

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two girls he claimed were his "spiritual wives." Warren Jeffs Sentenced to Life in Prisonupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 19:30:00

The polygamist leader was quiet as the Texas jury's verdict was read Tuesday

Warren Jeffs guilty of sex assaultupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 16:27:00

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is found guilty on both counts of sexual assault of a child.

Warren Jeffs no longer representing himselfupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 16:27:00

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs asked to leave the courtroom Friday and will not be representing himself during the penalty phase of his sexual assault trial. Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Convicted of Child Sex Abuseupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 11:53:00

He stared silently at the jury for 24 minutes, then said, "I am at peace"

Warren Jeffs guilty of sexual assaultupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 22:07:00

A Texas jury finds polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs guilty on two counts of sexual assault.

Warren Jeffs asks to represent himselfupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 04:48:00

Warren Jeffs requests legal assistance so he can properly format his "writing" as he represents himself.

Attorneys to argue about evidence in Warren Jeffs sexual assault trialupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 02:22:00

Attorneys are scheduled to be in court Wednesday to argue a motion to suppress evidence, a day after jury selection in the sexual assault trial of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Reporter on FLDS: 'None of this is new'updated: Wed Jul 27 2011 02:22:00

CNN's Sanjay Gupta speaks with Michael Watkiss, a reporter for CNN affiliate KTVK, about the sect run by Warren Jeffs.

Jury picked at Warren Jeffs sexual assault trialupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 21:43:00

A jury of 10 women and two men was selected Tuesday night at the sexual assault trial of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Jury selection under way in Warren Jeffs sexual assault trialupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 12:50:00

Jury selection in the sexual assault trial of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs began in Texas on Monday, nearly a week after his motion to remove a judge assigned to the case was denied.

Motion to remove judge in Warren Jeffs' trial is deniedupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 17:18:00

A last minute motion by polgyamist leader Warren Jeffs to remove a Texas judge assigned to hear sexual assault charges against him was denied Tuesday by a different Texas judge.

2010: Warren Jeffs faces Texas trialupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 16:33:00

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is in Texas to face bigamy and sexual assault charges. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

Polygamist leader pleads not guilty in Texasupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 06:15:00

A judge in San Angelo, Texas, on Wednesday entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, who is scheduled to go on trial next month on bigamy and sexual assault charges.

Warren Jeffs extradited to Texas to stand trialupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 12:18:00

After a legal battle that wound up before the Utah Supreme Court, polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was extradited from Utah to Texas to stand trial on sexual assault and bigamy charges, according to authorities in both states.

Debating the Warren Jeffs rulingupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 12:18:00

In July, CNN's Anderson Cooper and his panel discussed the decision to reverse Warren Jeffs' convictions.

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs refuses extradition to Texasupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 19:35:00

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs will stay in a Utah jail for at least two more months after his attorneys objected to his signing an extradition waiver in a Utah court Tuesday.

Warren Jeffs' convictions overturnedupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 07:24:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports a court reversed Warren Jeffs' convictions for rape as an accomplice and ordered a new trial.

Warren Jeffs' compoundupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 12:32:00

CNN's Susan Roesgen reports on the latest developments in the Warren Jeffs case.

Polygamist sect observes first anniversary of raidupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 12:55:00

A polygamist sect is planning an event today to mark the first anniversary of a raid in which more than 400 children were removed from its Texas ranch.

Texas drops custody case over 'prophet's' daughterupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 16:23:00

Texas child protection officials are dropping a custody case involving the 17-year-old daughter of jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Top FLDS member, spokesman subpoenaedupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 17:45:00

A top member of a Texas polygamist sect and the group's spokesman have been subpoenaed and are scheduled for court depositions Friday and Monday, according to court officials.

Alleged polygamists arrested in Canadaupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 01:23:00

Two leaders of a Canadian polygamist sect were arrested Wednesday and charged with polygamy in what could be a landmark case, said Wally Oppal, attorney general of British Columbia.

Texas officials seek DNA from sect infantupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 10:32:00

Texas child welfare officials have asked a judge to order a teenage member of a polygamous sect to let them take DNA from her infant so they can determine the father's identity, according to court documents filed in the case.

More FLDS members indicted on sexual assault chargesupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 19:56:00

Three more members of a polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs are facing sexual assault charges, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday.

3 Texas polygamists indicted by grand juryupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 01:07:00

A Texas grand jury indicted three more members of a polygamist sect that was raided in April, a Schleicher County official told CNN on Thursday.

FLDS leader's alleged bride, 14, sent to foster careupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 23:41:00

A 14-year-old girl believed to have married jailed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs was ordered to foster care by a Texas judge on Tuesday.

Five members of polygamous sect surrenderupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 20:34:00

Five members of a polygamous sect who were indicted alongside leader Warren Jeffs last week turned themselves in Monday to face sexual assault charges, Texas authorities said.

Senator: Polygamous sects are 'form of organized crime'updated: Thu Jul 24 2008 17:00:00

Polygamous sects that have spread throughout the United States and beyond are "a form of organized crime," largely unchecked by law enforcement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

Reid: Sects are criminalupdated: Thu Jul 24 2008 17:00:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, says polygamous sects are like are "a form of organized crime."

Sect leader Jeffs indicted in child sex caseupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 21:18:00

A Texas grand jury indicted polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs on sexual assault charges, and five of his followers also face a variety of charges, state Attorney General Greg Abbott said. A New Prophet for the Polygamists?updated: Fri Jul 18 2008 19:00:00

Warren Jeffs is in jail, possibly ill and on tape "recanting" his leadership. Who are the men angling to succeed him?

Jeffs in hospitalupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 00:15:00

Jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is hospitalized in Las Vegas for unknown reasons.

Lawyer accuses sect leader of intimidating teenupdated: Fri Jun 20 2008 18:44:00

A lawyer for a teen member of a polygamist sect has accused a sect leader of harassing and intimidating them both in a request for a restraining order filed Friday.

FLDS kids happy to be homeupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 07:09:00

Affiliate KXAN talks to members of a polygamist sect who were reunited with their children.

Polygamist case price tag: $7 millionupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 21:01:00

Removing 460 children from a polygamist sect compound and then reuniting them with their families will cost Texas $7 million, according to the state Department of Family and Protective Services.

Polygamist sect clarifies marriage policyupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 21:46:00

A polygamist sect under fire over allegations of underage marriage will now allow women to wed only when they are old enough to give consent under state law, a spokesman said Monday.

Sect families regain custodyupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 21:46:00

Children are being returned to FLDS families, with conditions. Susan Roesgen reports.

Sect ponders Nov. paybackupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 13:28:00

CNN's David Mattingly reveals polygamy sect's plan to vote out Texas adversaries

DNA taken from sect leader in inquiryupdated: Fri May 30 2008 19:40:00

Texas authorities say they collected DNA swabs from jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs in connection with a criminal investigation involving "spiritual marriages" to four girls ages 12 to 15.

Texas high court: Removal of sect kids 'not warranted'updated: Thu May 29 2008 23:00:00

Texas officials had no right to remove about 460 children from a polygamist sect, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Jeffs seen kissing young girlupdated: Wed May 28 2008 19:17:00

New photos show polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs with a young girl. CNN's Sunny Hostin reports.

Texas warns families in polygamy case could flee updated: Wed May 28 2008 14:13:00

Members of a polygamist sect whose children were removed by Texas authorities could flee the state if a lower court ruling stands, according to lawyers for the state.

Social workers turned away from FLDS ranchupdated: Wed May 21 2008 17:08:00

Texas Child Protective Services workers were turned back from a polygamist sect's ranch Wednesday when they tried to investigate reports that some children remained at the compound, a lawyer for the sect said.

Polygamist child custody caseupdated: Wed May 21 2008 17:08:00

CNN's David Mattingly reports on the beginning of child custody hearings for polygamist families in Texas.

Warren Jeffs back in courtupdated: Mon May 19 2008 19:21:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on preparations for the trial ofjailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. Tracing the Polygamists' Family Treeupdated: Sun Apr 20 2008 15:00:00

A judge will allow DNA testing this week to help identify 416 children taken from a fundamentalist Mormon ranch

Sect children will stay in state custody, judge rulesupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 22:38:00

Hundreds of children who were taken from a polygamist ranch by Texas child welfare authorities will remain in state custody, a judge ruled Friday night.

Colorado woman is 'person of interest' in polygamist case updated: Fri Apr 18 2008 21:44:00

A Colorado woman is being pursued as a "person of interest" in connection with phone calls that triggered the raid of a Texas polygamist ranch, authorities said Friday.

Busy day for sect's attorneysupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 21:44:00

Attorneys of the mothers and children in the Texas polygamy compound case talk with Larry King about their day in court.

Pentagon paid $1.7 million to firms of polygamy bossesupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 17:52:00

The U.S. government paid more than $1.7 million in defense contracts over the last decade to companies owned by leaders of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect, with tens of thousands allegedly winding its way back to Jeffs and his church.

'We need our children'updated: Fri Apr 18 2008 17:52:00

A 'Larry King Live' exclusive: Women from a polygamist sect talk about the raid on their Texas compound.

Witness: Teens at ranch said any age OK to marryupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 04:29:00

A child protection supervisor testified Thursday that she encountered several pregnant teen girls at a polygamist ranch who called each other "sister wives" and who believed it was acceptable to be "spiritually united" with a man at any age.

Sect mothers head to court for custody battleupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 11:48:00

A custody hearing scheduled to begin Thursday morning will decide the fate of more than 400 children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch in central Texas amid allegations of abuse.

Polygamist speaks out on raidupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 04:39:00

Former FLDS bishop Winston Blackmore speaks out on the polygamist raid in Texas. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

Sect's boys moved to temporary foster homesupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 19:30:00

About two dozen adolescent boys taken from a polygamist ranch were moved Monday afternoon to temporary foster placement outside the San Angelo, Texas, area, authorities said Tuesday.

Escaping polygamyupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 11:19:00

Panelists discuss challenges women and children raised in a polygamist society face when they enter the secular world.

Man on compound: 'no comment'updated: Sat Apr 12 2008 11:19:00

A man guarding a gate at the polygamist compound in west Texas speaks briefly with reporters. Lawyers Denounce Polygamist Raidupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 20:00:00

Lawyers for a polygamist sect that is the subject of a massive child-abuse investigation argued in court Wednesday that although its members' multiple marriages and cloistered ways may be unusual, they have a right to their faith and privacy

Agents at polygamist ranch checking 'safety of children'updated: Fri Apr 04 2008 13:46:00

Texas authorities are investigating "the safety of children" at a ranch occupied by about 400 followers of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, officials said Friday.

Polygamist 'Prophet' sentencedupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 10:43:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on sentencing day for convicted polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs. Cultist Wants to Drop Rape Chargeupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 08:50:00

A man whose ceremonial marriage to a 14-year-old was the focus of a polygamous sect leader's trial asked a judge to dismiss a rape charge against him

Single-minded lawman pursues polygamistsupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 10:13:00

Pinning down a prophet is lonely work. Just ask Mohave County, Arizona, investigator Gary Engels.

Spurned husband testifies for polygamist 'prophet'updated: Thu Sep 20 2007 09:34:00

The spurned husband whose arranged marriage is at the center of the rape-accomplice charges against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs took the witness stand to defend his prophet on Wednesday.

Followers testify for their 'Prophet' updated: Tue Sep 18 2007 15:23:00

Followers of polygamist "prophet" Warren Jeffs began testifying in his defense Tuesday after prosecutors rested their case in the sect leader's rape-accomplice trial.

Child bride testifies against 'prophet'updated: Sun Sep 16 2007 10:33:00

A former follower is testified against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. KTVK's Mike Watkiss reports.

Escaping a closed worldupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 09:19:00

CNN's Randi Kaye talks with a woman who successfully left a polygamist society.

Girl, 14, fled abuse, 'mind control' of polygamyupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 09:19:00

Sara Hammon saw some of her sisters pulled out of school to be married to men they didn't know. She dreaded a similar fate. And so, she ran away from home before she was old enough to drive legally.

Jeffs trial previewupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 13:05:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the trial of fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Jurors chosen for polygamist 'Prophet's' trialupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 13:05:00

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was flown by helicopter to the Utah courthouse where his trial on rape-accomplice charges begins Thursday with lawyers laying out their cases for the jury.

Polygamist prophet is now a criminal defendantupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 08:50:00

After 115 days on the FBI's most-wanted list and a year in solitary confinement in a jail called Purgatory, the leader of the nation's largest polygamist sect is going on trial in St. George, Utah. Polygamist's Rape Case Set to Beginupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 09:00:00

Impaneling a jury to hear the highly publicized rape case against a polygamous sect leader could prove difficult, some observers and legal experts say

Polygamist 'prophet' goes on trialupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 00:49:00

After 115 days on the FBI's most wanted list and a year in solitary confinement in a jail called Purgatory, the leader of the nation's largest polygamist sect is going on trial in St. George, Utah.

Woman describes childhood in polygamous householdupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 21:32:00

When polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom last August, Kathy Jo Nicholson, a former member of Jeffs' sect, felt fearful even though she was only watching him on television.

Inside Warren Jeffs' worldupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 21:32:00

Inside Warren Jeffs' world

Jeffs wrote decree telling followers to keep mouths shutupdated: Sat Sep 02 2006 11:02:00

When he was captured, fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was carrying a list of safe houses and a written decree banning members of his flock from disclosing his whereabouts, according to a Utah prosecutor.

Polygamist gets 45 days for sex with teen brideupdated: Fri Aug 04 2006 11:04:00

An Arizona judge has sentenced a polygamist to 45 days in county jail for having sex with a teenager he took as his third wife.

What is terrorism?updated: Thu May 25 2006 11:11:00

I am out west in Utah, Nevada and Arizona looking for the other fundamentalist polygamist on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The one whose name isn't Osama bin Laden. It's Warren Jeffs.

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