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Defense Seeks to Block Access to Jeffs Evidence

Defense Seeks to Block Access to Jeffs Evidence



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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Attorneys for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs want to block prosecutors from getting access to some of their evidence as they prepare for their case.

The defense has filed motions, objecting to some of the things prosecutors believe they're entitled to under court rules of discovery. More specifically, the defense objects to prosecutors asking for investigators' notes and information relating to alibi or insanity or any other items of evidence.

Jeffs' attorney says the state wants information and materials that their client does NOT intend to introduce at trial, which violates the Defendant's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

The 51-year-old Jeffs is facing an April trial on charges of first-degree rape as an accomplice. He's accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her older cousin in 2001.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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

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