December 17, 1990 |
How do you get rid of a small-town mayor? Piece of cake. You get rid of the small town. Tuesday is Election Day here in Big Water, population maybe 400. It is the day some citizens will try to vote this desert burg out of existence to dislodge its mayor, Alex Joseph, a polygamist-libertarian of outspoken and colorful stripe, who, with some of his nine wives and sundry relatives in official posts, runs Big Water. Runs it efficiently and by the book, the mayor says.
July 14, 2005 |
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.
August 5, 1998 |
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.
October 23, 2004 |
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.
August 15, 1999 |
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.
August 26, 2002 |
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.
June 18, 2002 |
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.
June 25, 2002 |
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.
August 8, 2007 |
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.
July 6, 2007 |
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.