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FLDS members have begun submitting letters of intent saying they will live in and maintain homes owned by their former land trust, called the United Effort Plan, or UEP. The letters say the occupants also will pay the property taxes on their respective homes. “We aren’t even agreeing with them,” A member said of the UEP. “We’ve just worked out a situation or something where they will stop the evictions.” Most of the Hildale properties have since been sold — often to former FLDS members or their family.
Phil Jessop said the FLDS members he sees there appear to not belong to the United Order — the sect’s upper echelon. “I do think that if they can keep their homes in Colorado City, they’re probably not in the FLDS or in the Order,” Jessop said. “They may be trying to hold on, but from what we understand, [Order members have] been instructed to move out of Colorado City.”

 

 

 

[November 17

Their life in the hardscrabble region, where unpaved roads predominate, has always been half a century behind the rest of the US.

With the outside world descending on fundamentalist Mormons in Utah and Arizona, families struggle for basic needs: ‘Everything just shut down’

[August 1 2011 Warren Jeffs: Last four prosecution witnesses ]

 

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Warren Jeffs 2011 in Utah

In the trial of the State of Texas versus Warren Jeffs, the leader of the breakaway Fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church known as the FLDS, [Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints FCLDS]
On Friday, mostly due to the unanticipated divine revelations of the defense, prosecutors were unable to get through the 10 witnesses they had hoped would testify. The testimony of the remaining four will start the day’s proceedings on Monday at 10 a.m. ET. cnn law blog

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 Fredrick Merril Jessop, 75. former FLDA Bishop

Fredrick Merril Jessop, 75. former FLDA Bishop

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office moved November 28 to seize the West Texas ranch that has been occupied by a breakaway Mormon sect and its polygamist leader, Warren Jeffs, who is imprisoned for the sexual assaults of two underage girls he considered his wives.
With the filing of a warrant in Schleicher County, Abbott is seeking to confiscate the Yearning for Zion Ranch, the 1,600-acre property near Eldorado where state officials took – and later returned – 400 children of sect members out of fear for their safety. The filing marks the beginning of the attorney general’s final chapter in effort to pursue “widespread criminal misconduct” at a place where multiple children were sexually assaulted by members of the sect.
[April 20]
A Texas appeals court has upheld the sexual-assault conviction of a polygamous sect member who spiritually married a 15-year-old girl in 2004 at a ranch in Schleicher County.
Raymond Merril Jessop, 40, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for one count of sexual assault. His was one of several cases filed against members of the Warren Jeffs-led Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints following a raid at the sect’s Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas.
Saturday March 20, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas — In the harshest sentence yet for members of a Texas polygamist group, a Tom Green County jury has sentenced Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, to 75 years in prison and imposed a $10,000 fine on one count of sexual assault of a child.The jury deliberated on the sentence from 10:30 a.m. today until 2:35 p.m. Jessop was convicted Wednesday on allegations that he illegally married and fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl while living at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County in 2006. He is a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a resident of the sect’s YFZ Ranch outside of Eldorado.
[November 8, 2011]SAN ANGELO, Texas | Tue Nov 8, 2011 8:34pm EST
SAN ANGELO, Texas (Reuters) – A rural West Texas jury handed ex-bishop Fredrick Merril Jessop the maximum prison sentence of 10 years on Tuesday, a day after finding him guilty of marrying polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to a 12-year-old girl.

On Monday, the jury found Jessop, 75, guilty of performing an illegal marriage ceremony, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
After deliberating for an hour on Tuesday, the jury decided on the maximum prison time and the maximum fine.Fredrick Merril Jessop is guilty of performing a ceremony prohibited by law, marrying a 12-year-old girl to sect leader Warren Jeffs, a jury took one hour and 20 minutes today to find. Jessop, 75 and a former bishop of the , is charged with performing a ceremony prohibited by law, marrying a 12-year-old girl to sect leader Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is serving a life plus 20 year sentence for sexually assaulting that girl and a 15-year-old girl.

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.