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Appeal Likely in Jeffs Case, Verdict Could be Suspended

Appeal Likely in Jeffs Case, Verdict Could be Suspended



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**(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)**Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio

The Jeffs defense team is planning an appeal, and some watching the case say there's a good shot the verdict could be suspended by the Utah Supreme Court.

Because Warren Jeffs was convicted of a felony, his appeal will go directly to the Utah Supreme Court, but it has to be filed within 30 days of sentencing.

Defense attorney Greg Skordas says, "I assume they've got that done now, and they'll try to get that filed immediately."

Skordas says he expects the Supreme Court to take a hard look at which laws were used to convict Jeffs. He says, "They're going to say, 'Wait, was our rape law ever intended to convict somebody of a crime based on this conduct?'"

Skordas says the likelihood of the Supreme Court suspending the verdict is actually higher than other cases.

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