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Land trust attorneys want Warren Jeffs to testify

Land trust attorneys want Warren Jeffs to testify



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(AP file photo) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A court-appointed accountant managing a land trust with ties to a Utah-based polygamous church wants a judge to order a deposition of the faith's jailed leader, Warren Jeffs.

Attorneys for Bruce Wisan contend Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has ignored a 2005 order demanding information about the trust.

In a Friday court filing, Wisan's attorneys argue that because the church corporation is attempting to intervene in the trust dispute, Jeffs should be found in contempt and deposed.

The United Effort Plan Trust holds the property in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz., where most FLDS members live.

The trust was seized by the Utah courts in 2005 after allegations of mismanagement by Jeffs and other leaders.

Jeffs is in an Arizona jail pending two criminal trials.

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

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