August 6, 1998 |
Prosecutors in Utah on Wednesday praised the bravery of a teenage girl who came forward to testify of having been forced to marry her uncle, becoming his 15th wife. The case in Salt Lake City is being viewed as a rare opportunity to prosecute an alleged polygamist in a state where the practice of multiple marriages is all but legally ignored. David Ortell Kingston has been charged with two counts of incest and one count of sexual conduct with a minor, both third-degree felonies.
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.
July 15, 2008 |
A few miles from the Vatican, Najat Hadi kept house with her husband, his other wife and their assorted children, an unhappy home with a hateful woman 10 years her junior and a cruel spouse who left her with a jagged scar peeking from her collar. Finally, she says, her Egyptian-born husband, who worked in Rome making pizzas, beat her so badly that she left him. But he kept her children.
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.
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 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.
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 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.