Wednesday, November 12, 2008

8 more FLDS indictments against 4 people.

It of course is not clear if any of the charges are against DIFFERENT men, than men already under indictment. Some of the dust surrounding the story suggests it won't be all men, and that of course suggests anything from indicting Rozita Swinton to indicting women at the YFZ ranch.

"A Texas grand jury investigating crimes within the Fundamentalist LDS Church issued eight more indictments this afternoon.

'There's eight indictments and four different people,' Schleicher County Clerk Peggy Williams told the Deseret News shortly after the grand jury ended for the day.

Williams declined to say what charges were filed or against whom, but did say that some of the charges were handed down against people who have already been indicted. The names will likely not be released until arrangements are made for the indicted individuals to surrender to the Schleicher County sheriff.

'The attorney general's office will arrange for their surrender through their attorneys,' Sheriff David Doran said Wednesday. 'We'll handle it from there.'

A message sent to the Texas Attorney General's Office was not immediately returned Wednesday."

UPDATE: It's all men. No women. Some are indicted for essentially aiding and abetting.

"A Texas grand jury investigating crimes within the Fundamentalist LDS Church issued more felony indictments this afternoon against four men.

One FLDS man was indicted for conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor, which is a third-degree felony, according to a statement from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. A second man was indicted on three counts of bigamy, a third-degree felony.

A third man was indicted on four charges: first-degree felony bigamy, second-degree felony bigamy, third-degree felony bigamy, and tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony, according to the attorney general.

The fourth person indicted Wednesday was FLDS leader Warren Jeffs. He was indicted for aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony. 'Today's sexual assault charge is in addition to Jeffs' July 2008 indictment for sexually assaulting a child,' Abbott said."

Also in the story, Rozita appears in Colorado on an "unrelated charge."

"Texas authorities have labeled Swinton a 'person of interest' in connection with the phone call that led to the April raid on the YFZ Ranch in Texas. But investigators are keeping quiet about the status of their ongoing investigation and whether any criminal charges are imminent. A recent records request by the Deseret News about Swinton's alleged involvement in the YFZ raid has been unfulfilled in part because many of the records are considered protected as part of the ongoing investigation.

'The responsive records in this instance comprise e-mail communications between DPS investigators and the assistant attorneys general assigned to assist those investigators in identifying and developing cases that can be criminally prosecuted,' lawyers for the Texas Department of Public Safety wrote in a letter to the Texas Attorney General seeking a ruling on whether they are public or not."

As long as they keep "investigating" Rozita, they don't have to talk about the case. It's not like she's hard to find. How difficult could this be?

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kbp said...

Could either parent of an underaged bride in an unlawful marriage be an accessory to the crime?

We've certainly seen a similar conviction!

ztgstmv said...

Ms. Wall's parents shouldn't be exempt. There's documentary evidence that her mother prepared her for marriage. Just look at the pictures in her book! But of course they're not going after Wall's parents. She's their starrrrrrr.

Ok, so bigamy bigamy schmigamy charges..."purporting" to marry...yeah wait til' that law is challenged on the basis of free speech violations.