Warren Jeffs Rape Conviction

I\’m really not sure here, really not sure:

Warren Jeffs, the polygamous sect leader, faces the prospect of life imprisonment after he was found guilty of rape charges stemming from his role in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her older cousin.

That he\’s a manipulative scumbag I am sure of, that he\’s no more a prophet than I am similarly. However:

Prosecutors accused Jeffs of forcing Elissa Wall, then 14, to marry and have sex with her first cousin, Allen Steed, 19. Lawyers for the sect leader had argued that Jeffs would not have known that rape would be committed after the marriage…..Under Utah law, a 14-year-old can consent to sex. But sex is not considered consensual if a person under 18 is enticed by someone at least three years older.

A personal opinion is that the prosecutors were looking for something, anything, to get him on. As has been noted elsewhere, Steed hasn\’t been charged with anything, so we\’ve got someone possibly getting life in prison for "enticement to rape" while the actual rapist (because if there was enticement which someone was guilty of means there was someone doing the actual raping, surely?) isn\’t charged.

4 comments on “Warren Jeffs Rape Conviction

  1. Be afraid, be very afraid…the prosecutors of Utah and Arizona, with the aid of a jury of our peers, have just succeeded in opening wide every church sanctuary and every bedroom door in our nation to enforcement of any rules corrupt or zealous legislators enact.

  2. Jeffs was stable enough to run an enterprise based on tax fraud and welfare fraud. I don’t think that polygamy is inherently immoral, but forcing a child to ‘marry’ her cousin is. Jeffs was convicted because he’s an all-around scumbag, and this was the easiest charge to prove.

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