Saturday 20 November 2010

Utah high court weighs polygamist's extradition to Texas

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court will consider a petition to block polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs' extradition to Texas to face charges of bigamy and sexual assault.
Jeffs is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints. He wants to stay in Utah to resolve a pending criminal case before being sent to Texas.
A state judge denied the petition on Monday. The state Court of Appeals issued a stay of the extradition the same day and then transferred the case to the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday.
It's not clear whether justices will hear oral arguments in the case.
Texas authorities have charged Jeffs with bigamy, aggravated sexual assault and assault for alleged incidents involving underage girls at a church ranch near Eldorado.

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