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July 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The attorneys general of Arizona and Utah announced a $10,000 reward in Phoenix for information leading to the arrest of the reclusive leader of a polygamous church based in communities along the states' common border. Warren Jeffs, 49, who has not been publicly sighted in months, was charged in Arizona in early June with counts that include conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.
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NEWS
August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
An alleged polygamist who deputies say married his brother's 16-year-old daughter was charged in Salt Lake City with incest and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The girl, now 17, is believed by authorities to have been secretly married in October to her uncle, David O. Kingston, 32, in an arrangement made by her father. Under Utah law, sexual relations with a niece or nephew is considered incest.
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October 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A juvenile court judge in Salt Lake City ordered eight children of a polygamous family into foster care. The children were taken from John Daniel Kingston and Heidi Mattingly after state child welfare officials alleged abuse, neglect and efforts by the couple to block access to the children by state case workers.
NEWS
August 15, 1999 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ruslan S. Aushev, president of the Russian republic of Ingushetia, says he doesn't need a second bride, because his wife has already given him a male heir. But that shouldn't keep other men from taking additional wives, he says, and so he signed a decree last month legalizing the practice of polygyny--that would be multiple wives, of course, not husbands--in his southern Islamic republic.
NATIONAL
August 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
UTAH * Polygamist Tom Green has spent a lot of time extolling the virtues of taking multiple wives. On Tuesday, he will be sentenced for raping a minor--a girl he married when she was just 13. He was convicted in June of raping Linda Kunz Green after he married her in 1986, when he was 37 and she was 13. The marriage produced a son, Melvin. Green, 54, has been in prison since last year for a term of up to five years after being convicted of bigamy.
NATIONAL
June 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors in Salt Lake City can try avowed polygamist Tom Green on child rape charges for having sex with one of his wives when she was 13, a judge ruled. Attorneys for Green had argued that the two had sex in Mexico and that Utah authorities have no standing to prosecute the crime. But District Judge Donald Eyre said there is evidence that Green and the girl's mother hatched a "criminal conspiracy" in Utah, so prosecutors in this state can pursue the charges. A trial is scheduled for June 24.
NATIONAL
June 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
An outspoken Utah polygamist who went on national television to advocate his way of life was found guilty of raping a child he married when she was 13. Utah state Judge Donald Eyre convicted Tom Green after a trial that lasted less than two hours and in which no witnesses testified. Green, who has five wives and has fathered 33 children, looked impassive when the judge handed down his verdict. Sentencing was set for Aug. 16.
NATIONAL
August 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A polygamist was released from prison after serving six years on a child-rape conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl who is now his only legal wife. Two of Tom Green's sons -- he has 32 children with five women -- picked him up from the Utah State Prison in Draper, said Jack Ford, Department of Corrections spokesman. "I look forward to return to life in society and to begin carrying again the many responsibilities I have incurred," Green said in a statement.
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July 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court said it would not get involved in a dispute about where to hold a criminal trial for the leader of a polygamous sect. Attorneys for Warren Jeffs had asked the court to review a decision by Judge James Shumate, who is keeping the Sept. 10 trial in St. George. They want to shift the case to Salt Lake City, claiming Jeffs can't get a fair trial because of excess publicity.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge rejected a request to move the trial of a polygamous-sect leader from St. George to Salt Lake City but said he would change his mind if he couldn't seat a fair-minded jury. Judge James Shumate said jury selection in the trial of Warren Jeffs would be conducted in private. Jeffs, 51, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is charged with rape as an accomplice in the spiritual marriage of a 14-year-old girl to a 19-year-old cousin in 2001.
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