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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jeff's Handwritten Note

In a handwritten motion, polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is asking for a new trial on sexual assault of a child charges in Texas.
The motion for retrial relies on the violation of religious freedom argument Jeffs made as he represented himself last month. Jeffs, 55, was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, whom he took as plural wives.
The one-page motion is written in the same rambling, archaic style that characterized Jeffs’ speech at trial after he fired his team of high-profile attorneys. It was filed late Friday afternoon and appears to be written on lined, loose-leaf paper.
“The Constitutional protection for religious faith and freedom of practice not being of full protection in previous trial ... is legal grounds sufficient to rule in favor of defendant allowed a new trial ...” it reads.
Jeffs also asks for a new hearing on the suppression of evidence gathered in a massive 2008 raid on his followers’ remote ranch in Eldorado, Texas. That evidence formed the basis of the case against him.
Throughout the trial, Jeffs voiced continual, rambling objections, asking for more time to prepare and saying the proceedings violated his freedom of religion, all of which were overruled. In his defense, he called a single witness — a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints follower, whom Jeffs asked to read Mormon scripture for hours before state District Judge Barbara Walther declared the defense rested.
About three weeks after starting his prison sentence, Jeffs was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering unspecified medical problems while eating and drinking very little during a fast, according to Texas prison officials.
By the day the motion was filed, however, he had stabilized and was out of intensive care at a prison hospital. He remained in the hospital Tuesday with no projected release date, according to a prison spokeswoman. 
Before the hospitalization, officials had decided to put him in protective custody to prevent possible violence from other inmates. He was housed in a solitary cell and only allowed out for two hours a day for a shower and recreation, though he could have visitors. It isn’t clear what his situation will be upon his release from the hospital.
Jeffs had 30 days after his sentencing to file a motion for a new trial; the court now has 75 days to rule on a motion for new trial, according to the Texas rules of appellate procedure. Filing the motion for a new trial also gives Jeffs more time to file a notice of appeal — 90 days from the day of sentencing rather than 30 days

Even (?unreadable) a new trial in cause #1061

I Warren Steed Jeffs file this motion pro-se. This motion filed before court in time period alloted in timely nature. Declaring to court:

The Constitutional protection for religious faith and freedom of practice not being of full protection in previous trial, which Constitutional religious protection of religious rights, Freedoms and religious practice should be upheld and supreme In Courts of law; even for the sake of preserving those rights for all religious faiths. This not being upheld, so openly, in previous trial, is legal grounds sufficient to rule in favor of defendant allowed a new trial; also the Court not allowing a full hearing on motions of suppression centered around illegal search; defendant having requested full re-hearing with witnesses and evidence brought forth; this yet needing to be performed and fully examined.


  1. Warren must be bi-polar. Goes from fasting to writing his own motion, with millions for lawyers show such instability to me.
    How was he found competent for trial?

  2. WHY would he write his own, I don't get it.

  3. Does this not bother anyone? a leader of what, 50,000 or more, leading them straight to hell, is writing his own papers like a two year old?