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Utah Supreme Court moves arguments in Jeffs appeal

Utah Supreme Court moves arguments in Jeffs appeal



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court has decided not to hear arguments at Brigham Young University in an appeal of the 2007 criminal conviction of polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs.

The court will instead hold the hearing in Salt Lake City at the Matheson Courthouse. A date hasn't been set.

The court had announced plans to hear arguments in the case on Nov. 4 on BYU's Provo campus.

Utah state courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer says moving the hearing to Salt Lake City will allow more interested parties to attend.

Head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jeffs was convicted of two counts of first-degree felony rape as an accomplice, stemming from his role in the 2001 marriage of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin.

Defense attorneys have alleged several trial errors in the case.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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