Friday, December 04, 2009

Disqualifiying Walther?

This is what I would call the first big and REAL move on the part of the FLDS that will have immediate effect, if successful:
The San Angelo Standard-Times - "The defense claimed the judge’s role in selecting a grand jury commissioner to choose the grand jury that issued the indictments interferes with her role in judging the case at trial.

The defense, represented by lead attorney Jerry Goldstein, also argued that the grand jury composition underrepresented Hispanics, with only one on the 12-person jury in a town that is 37.5 percent Hispanic.

The 12 men are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the polygamist sect that operates the secretive Schleicher County ranch. Most of the indictments allege child sex abuse associated with the sect’s practice of men taking multiple 'spiritual wives,' some of whom are alleged to be younger than the Texas age of consent.

The first of the men to go to trial, Raymond Merril Jessop, was found guilty in November of child sex abuse, a second-degree felony, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The second, Allan Eugene Keate, is scheduled to go to trial Monday, when jury selection was scheduled to begin.

Jury selection was postponed to Tuesday to allow the disqualification motion to be heard. The hearing convenes at 11 a.m. in Eldorado."
We shall just have to see, what we will see. This will set the basis for further appeals if the motion is denied.

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