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Polygamist Leader Drops Las Vegas Fight over Traffic Stop Items

Polygamist Leader Drops Las Vegas Fight over Traffic Stop Items

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has dropped a Nevada federal court fight to stop prosecutors from getting items seized from the vehicle he was in when he was arrested last year. A U.S. District Court hearing in Las Vegas was canceled today (Monday) after a lawyer for the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints submitted documents calling the matter "moot."

The declaration was filed June 27th -- nearly 10 months to the day after Jeffs' arrest on Interstate 15 outside Las Vegas. That's when the FBI seized documents, computers, cash, debit cards and several electronic devices from the Cadillac Escalade driven by Jeffs' brother, Isaac.

51-year-old Warren Jeffs is being held in a Utah county jail awaiting trial September 10, in St. George on state charges of rape as an accomplice.

He's accused of arranging a 2001 spiritual marriage between a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year-old cousin.

A U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman in Salt Lake City says it just made sense to consolidate the Las Vegas case with a pending federal case accusing Jeffs of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in Utah.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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