United Effort Plan communal land trust

United Effort Plan communal land trust

As the year comes to an end and the followers of Warren Jeffs await the apocalypse he has predicted, they’re living under a challenging edict: they’re forbidden to have sex until Jeffs is sprung from a Texas prison.

“He has predicted that the walls in the prison where he’s at will fall and crumble,” said Joni Holm, who has many relatives in the polygamous FLDS faith.

most severe punishment, excommunication, if they conceive a child.

It’s one of the strangest edicts in a season full of them. Jeffs has issued a stream of revelations, prophecies and orders to his congregation in the border community of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.

The recent edicts from Jeffs’ prison cell seem to be having two contradictory effects. Many are leaving the FLDS faith in disgust. Those who stay are reported to be increasingly devoted to a man who is serving a lifetime sentence for raping underage girls.

According to numerous critics and outside observers, the imprisoned FLDS leader has sometimes acted through his brother Lyle and other times has spoken directly to his congregation over the phone from prison. He recently banned many of the things his followers enjoy: bicycles, ATVs, trampolines, even children’s toys. But the sex edict reaches into the bedrooms of all his devoted followers.

Did Jeffs give Christmas Sermon from Prison?

A court-appointed accountant can threaten eviction to try to get payment from residents of the border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. Most of the property in the two cities is owned by the United Effort Plan communal land trust, which was once run by Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.Those who don’t pay would be evicted and replaced with other qualified trust beneficiaries who are willing to comply with the rules, including paying monthly occupancy fees.

“Our goal is not to evict a single person,” Shields said Thursday. “Our goal is to have the people who are already there to pay. There are more beneficiaries than there are houses … the guy who is willing to pay the taxes ought to be able to get one.”

Shields said letters detailing the plan and its consequences should go out before the end of the year. The effort to collect has to begin now, so that money can be collected well before the 2013 deadline, he said.

Salt Lake City attorney Rod Parker, who represents the FLDS, agrees that taxes should be paid, but objects to the plan.
A judge has rebuffed the Utah attorney general and affirmed a ruling ordering the state to pay more than $5 million to the court-appointed administrator of a polygamous sect’s property trust to cover outstanding debt.

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Christine Trampler, Adrienne Martin's Mother

Christine Trampler, Adrienne Martin's Mother


Oral Argument

Oral Argument


A Cape Girardeau County judge rejected their attempt this year, but ruled that they could still argue for a portion of the money.
“Our clients have been barred from asserting their rights,” Andrew Leroy, a lawyer representing Trampler, argued before a panel of three judges of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

“We know that they would like to join the fray. We know that there are some benefits to them to join the fray,” Graham said. “They can drag this thing out. They can create some pressure. They can get a lot of notoriety, and they could probably squeeze, if they want, some more money out of us.”
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Eyepatch is new symbol in Egypt as CSF become combatant

Eyepatch is new symbol in Egypt as CSF become combatant


It reflects widespread anger felt towards Central Security Forces (CSF) snipers who, it is claimed, have targeted protesters’ heads. CSF continues to deny using rubber bullets or shotgun pellets, and there is little expectation that Mahmoud Sobhi El Shinawi, the CSF officer nicknamed the “Eye Hunter”, will be brought to book.

Golden Globe Nominees

Golden Globe Nominees

Nominations for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Best Leading Actress
Michelle Williams, ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Golden Globes
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

MICHELLE WILLIAMS MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

KENNETH BRANAGH MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Michelle Williams and Larry Williams

Michelle Williams and Larry Williams


Harvey Weinstein announces that Michelle Williams is set to be praised as an honorary Irishwoman. Williams’ agent Hylda Queally is a true Irishwoman. So maybe this honor is well-deserved after all?

December 13 a preliminary vote in France’s National Assembly set events in motion : a bill will now be brought to criminalize prostitution itself, though it seems likely to follow the Swedish model in criminalizing the buying rather than the selling. That’s in sharp contrast to the United States, where states almost universally punish prostitutes themselves as well as their clients. An estimated 20,000 people work as prostitutes in France, which is not illegal, although solicitation is. The issue of prostitution in France has been thrown into the spotlight recently with widespread media coverage of the case of eight people in Lille charged with operating a ring that provided sex workers to clients including, allegedly, former IMF chief, Dominque Strauss-Kahn.
The non-binding resolution was approved by a show of hands in France’s lower house.

DSK: video resolves nothing

9 December, 2011

 Ms. Diallo in Sofitel

Ms. Diallo in Sofitel



In the end, the 13 minutes of footage did little to illuminate conclusively what happened in an encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn and Ms. Diallo in his suite that day. She said that, after entering to clean up, he tried to rape her and forced her to perform oral sex. He said the encounter was consensual.
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