St. George, Utah (AP) Polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs has lost a bid for a new trial on his rape-by-accomplice convictions.
But one of his attorneys says there will be an appeal. Jeffs was found guilty of playing a role in arranging the marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin.
Jeffs' lawyers had argued his conviction should be thrown out because a juror failed to disclose she had been raped. The juror was replaced during deliberations and in rejecting the new trial, the judge says the defense had not raised objections when agreeing to seat an alternate.
Jeffs is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The sect's Texas ranch was raided April 3rd. Hundreds of children were removed.
He's locked up in Arizona.
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