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Witness Files Civil Case Against Jeffs

   |  Posted Oct 11th, 2006 @ 7:31am



 

(KSL News) A crucial witness in the Warren Jeffs criminal case has filed a civil lawsuit against him.

The Deseret Morning News reports lawyers for the woman, identified as M.J., confirmed she is "Jane Doe Number 4" in the Washington County case against Jeffs.

M.J. claims she was forced into a polygamous marriage with an older man.

On Tuesday, during a hearing regarding the property trust, it was revealed that Jeffs had issued a new edict to his followers: "Do not sign your name to any document for property that has already been consecrated to God." Jeffs was not at the hearing.

This latest proclamation could complicate plans to reform the 110-million dollar United Effort Plan Trust. A judge is just days away from approving a historic change to the trust by signing a proposed reform plan that would create individual property owners.

Non-FLDS members would likely be the first to receive property, and FLDS members who don't sign the papers would live under a homeowners association.

(Information from The Deseret Morning News)

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