Convicted pedophile Warren Jeffs refuses to answer an abuse lawsuit filed against him by former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), so the courts are proceeding without him.
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What’s the Problem?
November 2, 2016 – A notice of default was filed against Warren Jeffs today in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to FOX 13. Default status does not mean that Jeffs is off the hook for his alleged crimes, only that he’s failed to respond to the charges or appear in court.
The complaint was filed against Jeffs and the law firm that used to represent him by 32 former FLDS members who are alleging numerous crimes, including child bride marriages.
Jeffs’ former law firm and the FLDS’ former attorney have petitioned to have the lawsuit dismissed, arguing that it has no merit and that the plaintiffs have attempted unsuccessfully to link them to a long list of misconduct. The firm maintains that an attorney’s legal work on behalf of a client is not an endorsement of their views or activities.
Jeffs is currently serving a life sentence plus 20 years in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered his wives. Jeffs was captured during a routine traffic stop in 2006, three months after being placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list.
In the past, Jeffs has refused to respond to litigation or answer questions in depositions in related cases. He was served with the lawsuit in question in July, but has not answered it or hired a lawyer, according to the court.
A federal judge will next consider whether to dismiss the complaint. Plaintiffs’ lawyers recently asked a judge to keep the suit alive and allow it to be heard by a jury.
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