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Evening Buzz: Fallen Prophet Indicted

Members of the polygamous FLDS revere jailed leader Warren Jeffs as their prophet.
Members of the polygamous FLDS revere jailed leader Warren Jeffs as their prophet.

Maureen Miller
360° Writer
 

Good Evening! There are new legal troubles for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. Tonight, a Texas grand jury has indicted the fallen prophet on sexual assault charges. Five of his followers also face charges. The alleged victims are girls under the age of 17. The FLDS runs the Yearning for Zion ranch near Eldorado, Texas. Sounds familiar, doesn't? That's the ranch Texas authorities raided in April, taking away more than 400 children who were later reunited with their families. They were returned after the Texas Supreme Court ruled the state had no right to remove the children and didn't have another evidence their were in imminent danger of abuse. This story just broke. We'll have the latest on the new charges tonight on 360°.

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Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Alec

    I thought you were talking about Obama.
    I only wish that the media would discuss Obama's messiah image and project him as a fallen prophet.
    Obama is frightening.
    Nostrodomas predicted a muslim leader to take over this country.
    He would teach false messages and destroy the world.
    Floods and fires, earthquakes and hunger would be surrounding his coronation.
    It's the end of the world.

    July 23, 2008 at 7:51 am |
  2. James Dylan

    To be honest I care less about polygamy. If the girls were raped or forced into marriage then the men should be arrested. But if they made the choice of their own accord and always had the option of leaving, then people should mind there business. Were they brain washed? Find me a believer in any God that isn't. What is under 17 mean? 16? At that age I was capable of making responsible decisions, and actually did at an even younger age; a necessity of being raised by heroin addicts and alcoholics. Of course at 20 I might not make the same, but I can also say the same about decisions made between 20 and 25, 25 and 30.

    July 23, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  3. Joann Alexander

    If Hiliary Clinton would asked each of her 18,000,000 to donate at least $1.50 each her campaign debt would be gone.
    Could someone tell her that please?

    July 22, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  4. Tamara Blackwell - Durham, NC

    I am LDS (note the lack of an F) and have been wondering why everyone pronounces 'Zion' with an emphasis on the 'on'. It should be pronounced 'zi yun'. I thought this would be remedied within the 1st days of the story. Thanks for a great show.

    July 22, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  5. david

    my grand ma was married at age 13 ,should we put her husband in jail too? whitch hunt!

    July 22, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  6. kay, Huntsville, AL

    Yeah. I don't know if they are "Yearning for Zion," but they are certainly yearning for something, probably young children. Unfortunately awful but true. The whole world seems like it has gone crazy. Please be careful Gary Tuchman. I am from a highly tornado prone area in Alabama and usually when they predict what storms are going to do- They do something else! Be careful!

    July 22, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Sounds like a busy hour ahead. I was wondering how the investigations were going on the children's cases in Texas at that ranch. I hope in the coverage of Warren Jeffs indictment there will be an update on this as well.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 22, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  8. Rose from Southern Calif

    Polygamous like Warren Jeff should be punished and not treated differently because of his so-call believes. The Texas Supreme court needed to look at each case of sexual assault before they give up the four hundred children to their parents. To many bad stories about ex-followers of Warren Jeff have told many horror stories about their way of life in the FLDS ranch in Texas, when it comes to children...and another thing if Warren Jeff was a prophet how come he didn't see this coming?

    July 22, 2008 at 9:35 pm |