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Friday, November 04, 2005

Under the Banner

Quickly:

Utah judge with 3 wives fights for job

Fans of WARREN JEFFS will love this story:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- A judge will ask the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to let him stay on the bench after a commission that oversees judges ordered him dismissed because he has three wives.

Those pursuing the case against Judge Walter Steed say his plural marriage creates a conflict: After taking an oath to uphold the law, he shouldn't be breaking it.
But there's just one thing: Steed is FLDS.

In his mind, he's not breaking the law.

"God's law," that is.
Steed has served for 25 years in the southern border town of HILDALE, handing down rulings in drunken driving and domestic violence cases.
This piece from the AP fails to follow up on this key bit of info.

Steed lives and works in Hildale/Colorado City - the largest polygamist colony in the United States, run by Warren Jeffs.

10,000 Mormon fundamentalists...living under the watchful eye of "Uncle Warren."

Odds that Steed is NOT a member of this community?

"Not good."

Jon Krakauer covers Hildale - and "Uncle Warren" - in "Under the Banner of Heaven." (A great read, people.)

Here's a simple Wikipedia page on Jeffs. You can "Google" him, too.

BTW, his middle name...is Steed.

Like...Judge Steed.

"Creekers" (as in Short Creek) have a short list of family names to pull from.
The complaint against Steed was filed with the commission in November 2003 by Tapestry Against Polygamy, an advocacy group founded by ex-polygamous women who organized to help others leave the handful of secretive religious colonies that adhere to the practice.

Plural marriage was an original tenet of the mainline Mormon church, but the faith abandoned the practice as a condition of statehood in 1890. About 30,000 polygamists, who split from the main church into various fundamentalist sects more than 100 years ago, are believed to be living in Utah.
Like I said: Most of 'em are living in Hildale.

Some...are on their way to Eldorado, Texas.

(No joke)

More later.

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