A Texas jury that found a former polygamist leader guilty of bigamy is expected to begin deciding his punishment.
The defense team for polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs again tried to have the judge hearing his case removed for bias, soliciting testimony Monday from court officials in an attempt to show she took an unusual interest in the case and received extra security because of it.
The oft-delayed, first criminal case against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was set to begin July 25, after a Texas court on Tuesday rejected defense motions for more time and to remove the judge presiding over it.
Prosecutors plan to ask a court to uphold the sexual assault conviction of a polygamous sect member in the first appeal stemming from the 2008 raid of a West Texas ranch.
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is going up against Texas prosecutors who haven’t lost a criminal case against his followers since the 2008 raid of the YFZ ranch.