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Witness may have recreated medical records in Warren Jeffs' trial



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ST. GEORGE -- Did a witness fabricate evidence during FLDS leader Warren Jeffs' trial? That's what the Washington County Attorney's Office says it is investigating.

A deputy attorney confirmed to KSL they received information concerning the medical records provided by Jane Blackmore, a midwife to Elissa Wall during a miscarriage, and witness in the trial.

The Utah Attorney General's Office notified the state Supreme Court Thursday the potential new evidence could affect an appeal.

The new evidence indicates medical records used during the trial may not have been original, but were recreated by a midwife who testified in Jeffs' trial.

"At this stage, we don't believe that there was any false information given during the trial, and we don't believe that this should affect the conviction," said Assistant Attorney General Laura Dupaix. "But as ministers of justice, we wanted to make sure that Warren Jeffs had a full and fair opportunity to investigate this and to develop a factual record, if necessary, so he could argue this while the appeal is still pending."

Jeffs was convicted of being an accomplice to the rape of Wall, for forcing her to marry her 19-year-old cousin when she was 14.

Jeffs' attorneys have appealed that conviction. That appeal will likely be on hold pending an investigation of the new allegation.

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