Friday, August 12, 2011

Taking Credit ..............

The CBC today reported that the Barry Penner, Attorney General of B.C., is crediting his ministry with providing evidence to the Texas authorities which aided the prosecution of Warren Jeffs.

This morning the CBC website contained the following piece:

B.C. has been unable to win polygamy convictions connected to the religious commune of Bountiful, but the province's attorney general is taking credit for helping to prosecute American polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Attorney General Barry Penner said his ministry shared information with prosecutors leading up to the life sentence imposed by a Texas court after Jeffs, the self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, was convicted of sexually assaulting two teen girls.

"We shared [information] with authorities in Texas and I am told that it proved to be useful in the recent prosecution and conviction of Mr. Jeffs," Penner said.

Penner didn't say exactly what details were offered to U.S. prosecutors, but hinted that the information came to light fairly recently.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

RCMP Preparing to leave for Texas

A day after the sentencing of Warren Jeffs, RCMP members from B.C. are preparing to journey to Texas, in a search for evidence concerning the trafficking of young girls between Bountiful and the Yearning of Zion Ranch.

Will there be gnashing of teeth and quaking of knees at Bountiful, as the Canadian authorities make their first move since the beginning, last November, of the reference case in B.C.'s Supreme Court?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

British Reaction to the Jeffs Sentencing

The Warren Jeffs saga is the talk of Europe, and after his sentencing, today's Daily Mail featured a photo of his fifty wives.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Contrast in Attitudes - Texas and B.C.

On August 5th, the Vancouver Sun's Daphne Bramham wrote a forceful article on the difference in attitude between Canada's concern about polygamy as freedom of religion, and Texas's proactive approach to accusing, arresting and convicting male polygamists for rape and pedophilia.

With the conviction of Warren Jeffs, and the revelation that he also sodomized his 5-year-old nephew, the Texas cases now reach their conclusion, with eight out of eight polygamists either in, or going to, prison.

Bramham wrote:

Laid bare in a Texas courtroom this week was the ugly, disturbing truth about the institutionalized pedophilia practised by polygamous leader Warren Jeffs and supported, tacitly if not overtly, by his 10,000 followers in the United States and Bountiful, B.C.

Unlike British Columbia, which has long failed to protect children as it dithered over whether religious freedom justifies polygamy, Texas aggressively pursued complaints about child rape and forced marriage within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Jeffs — the FLDS prophet — was convicted Thursday of child sexual assault and aggravated child sexual assault of a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old. He was the eighth FLDS member to be convicted in Texas since a 2008 raid on the church's compound.

Key to the conviction of the 55-year-old, fundamentalist Mormon leader was DNA evidence of his fathering a child with a 15-year-old and bizarre audio tapes. One tape was made as he ritualistically raped [a]12-year-old with others watching.