May 18, 2001 |
An avowed polygamist, charged with four counts of bigamy for living with five women in a western Utah desert compound, broke down on the witness stand Thursday as he talked about his failed business dealings. Tom Green, 52, has also been charged with one count of failure to pay child support in a case that has put the spotlight on Utah, where the taking of multiple wives was once a bedrock of Mormon practice but is now forbidden.
March 28, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- A West Texas jury has found a former associate of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs guilty of bigamy. Wendell Loy Nielsen, 71, stood trial for marrying three women in addition to his legal wife, two of whom he married on the same day in 2006. At trial this month, his attorney had argued that the sect's “celestial marriages” did not violate state bigamy laws. The jury in San Midland, about 330 miles west of Dallas, deliberated for about an hour and a half before finding Nielsen guilty Wednesday of three counts of bigamy, court clerks told The Times. Nielsen is the former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon offshoot sect.
May 13, 2006 |
To his followers, Warren Jeffs is a teacher and spiritual leader who channels divine revelations -- the man they call their prophet. To the FBI, Jeffs is an accused rapist and fugitive on its 10 Most Wanted list with a $100,000 bounty on his head -- a man it calls armed and dangerous.
January 24, 2010 |
During a single week in August, Faye Miller's comfortable world vanished. That's when Miller, 51, a homemaker in Rochester Hills, Mich., took her therapist's advice and started to examine her marriage. Through Google and phone records, she learned: Her husband of 10 years, Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, already had a wife in California when he married Miller. In 2003 he married another woman in Quebec. And Mitchell, 48, who attended Lutheran church with Miller, had converted to Islam in 2002, taken the Arabic name Mustafa and traveled twice to Saudi Arabia on religious pilgrimages, according to court records.
November 4, 2008
Re "Five on Eight," Opinion, Nov. 1 The Times' Op-Ed page featuring opposing views on Proposition 8 was thought-provoking and interesting. As a Mormon, however, I thought two of the articles could be clarified. First, Lola Van Wagenen asserts that Mormons should be sympathetic to same-gender marriage because Mormons once practiced polygamy. Van Wagenen knows that Mormons do not equate polygamy with same-gender marriage because Mormon doctrine makes it clear that the endorsement of polygamy was to encourage righteous offspring -- something that cannot occur in same-gender relationships.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2002 |
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--The Canadian government was scrambling this week to explain why three wives of a Mormon polygamist in British Columbia had been allowed to immigrate to Canada from the United States. Saying polygamy is illegal in Canada, opposition members in the House of Commons this week peppered the federal immigration minister with questions about how senior officials came to allow the three wives to cross the Idaho-British Columbia border to live in a polygamist commune.
May 19, 2001 |
A jury Friday night began deliberating the fate of an avowed polygamist charged with bigamy for living with five wives at a remote compound in the Utah desert. Prosecutor David Leavitt showed jurors several marriage licenses Tom Green, 52, took out when he married the young women. The weeklong trial has put the spotlight on Utah, where multiple marriages once thrived among Mormon pioneers who settled the state.
December 20, 1990 |
The Utah town of Big Water was still in business Wednesday, the day after some of its citizens failed to get rid of their polygamist libertarian mayor when a measure to get rid of the town was voted down. The vote against disincorporation stood at 101 to 71, including a dozen challenged votes, "but with only 12 votes, it wouldn't have made any difference," said Dave Hansen, Utah's deputy lieutenant governor.
May 16, 2006
Re "The Enclave," two-part series, May 12 and 13 It is absolutely beyond belief that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been able to flout the law with seeming impunity from serious prosecution. The Latter-day Saints church based in Salt Lake City bears a substantial burden as it relates to ridding this area of the misdeeds of these FLDS elders who, after all, practice the mainstream Mormon religion as it was practiced by the larger church until the 1890s.