Jewish Journal

CNN: Behind bars, Warren Jeffs retakes control of FLDS

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 24, 2011 | 11:14 am

If mafia bosses and criminal masterminds can operate their enterprise from behind bars, why not Warren Jeffs? The former leader of a polygamist Mormon sect who has had a lot of legal problems and is awaiting another trial in a Texas jail, Jeffs has retaken control of the FLDS, according to CNN:

Jeffs gave up control of the splinter sect that advocates plural marriages, including marriages that involve girls under 18, after he was convicted in 2007 of rape as accomplice. That conviction was overturned last year. Jeffs is currently awaiting trial in Texas on sexual assault and bigamy charges.

Sources within the church tell CNN that the man who replaced Jeffs as business head of the church, Wendell Nielsen, has resigned and that Jeffs has signed documents retaking control of FLDS.

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