The man who represents himself has a fool for a client. Well did we really think that Fundamentalist LDS Sect Leader Warren Jeffs was anything LESS than a fool? Today Warren Jeffs was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a 12 year old girl and sexual assault of a 14 year old girl. I don’t think anyone will ever forget that day in 2008 when all network stations stopped programming to show the raid on the Texas church compound where women in Frontier clothing and children were forcibly removed from the compound based on an anonymous call that there was unlawful sex with minors occurring in the compound.
If you missed the trial (cameras were not allowed in the courtroom), Warren Jeffs chose to represent himself against the litany of charges brought against him. The prosecution spent days laying out their case which included DNA evidence that Jeffs fathered a child
with a 15 year old girl and audio recordings of him having sex with a 12 year old. Clearly, Warren Jeffs learned nothing from R. Kelly about making sex tapes. Jeffs defended his case by claiming religious persecution (sir this is not the Salem Witch trial) and leaning on the constitution and its protections of religious freedoms. He called one witness, JD Roundy, one of his church members, who read from Mormon scripture. Jeffs introduced as evidence the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price, attempting to link the offshoot FLDS religion to the early history of the LDS faith. Under
questioning by Jeffs, Roundy read passages of scripture evidently to demonstrate that prophets are always persecuted in their own time. He failed to read that part about getting his jollies with little girls and how that was pleasing to God. Go figure.
The jury deliberated for a whopping 3 ½ hours. It doesn’t take all day to recognize sunshine. The jury came back convicting him on both charges and the punishment phase began almost immediately. Slated to take about 3 days, the prosecution will reportedly present even more salacious evidence about the wives and children Jeffs manipulated on that Texas compound. He can get life in prison for this conviction. From this blog to God’s ears. Any man or woman who uses religion or people’s faith in religion to sexually manipulate others, should be publicly stoned and castrated. Extreme? Maybe. But anyone
who dares to sexually assault a minor should never have the ability to use their sexual prowess ever again. I won’t get on my soapbox about another “Man of God” who has recently settled out of court for similar charges. But I will say, he should watch the Jeffs trial very carefully and fall to his knees thanking the same God he used to
prey on young men, that he was spared the punishment that Jeffs will
undoubtedly receive. Amen.
Great post! Thanks for filling me in from the legal prospective. I agree, it is sad, sick & twisted. But, like Ephesians 5:13 informs us, your sins in the dark, will be brought to the light!!
I didn’t pay attention to this, so all I really know was what I read in tweets from Dr. Drew and the like. What I definitely didn’t know was that he represented himself! That’s hilarious to me, but not surprising. He’s been so manipulative in life…and arrogant. Surely he couldn’t think anyone else would do nearly the job he could.