Warren Jeffs Retrial
Warren Jeffs (L) watches the jury leave the courtroom to restart their deliberation in his trial September 24, 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice for allegedly coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. (Getty Images)more pics »Warren Jeffs' charges of rape as an accomplice were overturned today in the Utah Supreme Court, according to CNN. A new trial has been ordered because jurors were apparently given erroneous instructions during the case against the "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS).
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Jeffs was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 5 years to life after being convicted of using his religious influence over his followers in order to get a 14-year-old to marry her 19-year-old cousin back in 2007. The case will now be sent back to lower courts for a new trial.
"We regret the effect our opinion today may have on the victim of the underlying crime, to whom we do not wish to cause additional pain," the court said. "However, we must ensure that the laws are applied evenly and appropriately, in this case as in every case."
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