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Elissa Wall
In December 2005, a very brave young lady named Elissa Wall filed a lawsuit against Warren Jeffs because he had forced her into an underage marriage when she was only 14 years old.  In 2001, Warren told Elissa that she had to marry her 19-year-old FIRST COUSIN, although she begged Warren not to make her do it.  Since marriage to a first cousin at age 14 is illegal in Utah, theirs was not a legally recognized marriage.  However, to Elissa it felt like a legal marriage.   In this lawsuit, Warren was accused of using his influence as a church leader to coerce this little girl to enter this illegal religious union and have sex with her first cousin, over her objections.   Warren had told her that she risked her salvation if she refused to have sexual relations with her husband.  It was this civil lawsuit that later became the basis for Warren's criminal charge of being an accomplice to rape.

Below are some articles on Elissa's courage to stand up for her rights to not be forced into an underage marriage with her first cousin.
 
 
New lawsuit filed against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs
The Associated Press
News 6 - Corpus Christi, Texas
Originally published December 13, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY -- A woman who claims she was forced as a young teenager to marry a much older man to fulfill her duties as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is now suing church leader Warren Jeffs, accusing him of arranging the union.   The civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Cedar City's 5th District Court, Court Executive Rick Davis said.   The case will be heard by Judge Michael Westfall but has not been scheduled for a hearing.   The lawsuit names Jeffs and the FLDS church corporation as defendants, asks for a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages for the woman, who in court papers is identified only as "M.J."   "The nonconsensual spiritual marriage, the required sexual relations and M.J.'s resulting pregnancies have been physically and emotionally devastating to M.J," court documents state.   The lawsuit contends that Jeffs performed the marriage ceremony without her consent and then commanded her and her new husband to "multiply and replenish the Earth."   It also contends Jeffs conspired to commit battery and sexual abuse on a child because M.J. was too young to be legally married in Utah.     Read more
 
 
Victim in Jeffs case is also suing him
Settlement talks under way in other lawsuits against FLDS leader
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The woman at the center of the criminal prosecution against Warren Jeffs is the same woman who has filed a multi-million dollar personal injury lawsuit against him.  Lawyers for "M.J." confirmed Tuesday that she is "Jane Doe No. 4" in Washington County's case against Jeffs.  It was revealed in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court, when her lawyers announced she has placed her civil lawsuit on hold until the criminal prosecution of Jeffs is over.  "The M.J. case and any settlement is complicated by the criminal prosecution," lawyer Roger Hoole said Tuesday.  Greg Hoole, who is also representing "M.J.," said they did not want to undermine the criminal prosecution of Jeffs with a civil lawsuit.  "It's not about the lawsuit for her," he told the Deseret Morning News on Tuesday.  "It's about helping people and making sure that Warren's behind bars."  Prosecutors in St. George refused to comment on it.  "I won't confirm or deny," said deputy Washington County Attorney Brian Filter.     Read more
 
 
'M.J.' seeks a default ruling against Jeffs
Does nonresponse by FLDS chief point to guilt?
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published Friday, January 12, 2007

A personal-injury lawsuit accusing Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs of forcing a teenage girl into a marriage with her cousin may be over before it even gets started.  Lawyers for the woman, known as "M.J." in court documents, are asking a judge to grant them a default judgment.  "We had hoped that Mr. Jeffs would find the courage and decency to respond to M.J.'s allegations.  He has chosen not to respond," attorney Roger Hoole told the Deseret Morning News on Wednesday.  "That speaks for itself."  The court papers filed last week in Cedar City's 5th District Court ask for a hearing to determine how much Jeffs and the FLDS Church should pay.  "M.J." is also "Jane Doe IV," the star witness in the criminal case against Jeffs.  She claims that at age 14 she was forced into a marriage with her 19-year-old cousin.  The woman's captivating testimony about her quick wedding and her many pleas to Jeffs to release her from the marriage led to the FLDS leader being ordered to stand trial in April on two counts of rape as an accomplice, a first-degree felony.     Read more
 
 
FLDS trust objects to a default
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published Sunday, February 4, 2007

While Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs is remaining silent on a personal-injury lawsuit filed against him, lawyers for the polygamist church's financial arm are registering their objections.  In court papers filed in Cedar City's 5th District Court, lawyers for the United Effort Plan Trust registered an objection to a request for a default judgment against Jeffs, the FLDS Church and the UEP.  A woman known in the lawsuit as "M.J." claims that at age 14, she was forced by Jeffs to marry her 19-year-old cousin.  "M.J." is also known in criminal court papers as "Jane Doe IV," and is expected to testify against Jeffs when he faces a charge of rape as an accomplice, a first-degree felony. Jeffs, 51, is scheduled for an April trial in St. George.  Lawyers for "M.J." have asked for a default judgment in the civil case, saying Jeffs and the FLDS Church have not responded to their lawsuit.  In court papers obtained by the Deseret Morning News, lawyers for the $110 million UEP Trust said they fear that "M.J." wants to hold them "jointly and severally liable for the conduct of the defaulting defendants."     Read more
 
 
Potential-witness list released for Jeffs' trial
Wednesday is start date if jury is formed by then
By Nancy Perkins and Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published September 8, 2007

ST. GEORGE Attorneys for jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs released a long list of potential witnesses on Friday that includes family members and friends of the woman known in court filings as "Jane Doe IV."  Jeffs is charged with two first-degree felony counts of rape as an accomplice for his 2001 role in joining Doe, then 14, and her 19-year-old cousin together in a spiritual marriage.  The bride testified during a preliminary hearing that she didn't want to marry her cousin and objected to having a "husband and wife" relationship with him.  Fifth District Judge James L. Shumate instructed about 230 people who arrived at the Dixie Center in St. George about the jury selection process before asking them to be sworn in and fill out a questionnaire.  The original jury pool of 300 had already been whittled down after more than 30 people were earlier excused by the judge for various reasons and another 30 or so didn't show up to answer the 75 questions posed to the group.  The judge dismissed another seven people on Friday following an initial introduction and screening of the film, "Selected to Serve."  Among the potential jurors were elderly men and women, one of whom was sobbing while filling out the form before she was released by the judge.  Each person was assigned a time to report to court next week when individual interviews will be conducted by the attorneys and judge.  If a panel of eight jurors and two alternates can be seated, the trial is expected to begin on Wednesday and last until Sept. 21.     Read more
 
 
Polygamy leader told rape victim to repent
By Alexandria Sage
Reuters
Originally published Friday, September 14, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah (Reuters) - A young woman told a Utah court on Friday she wanted to die after being forced into sex at age 14 in a marriage arranged by one of the biggest U.S. polygamous sects.  But the self-styled prophet of the breakaway Mormon clan told her she was disobedient and needed to repent and submit to her new husband, the woman testified.  The woman, now 21, testified she had never been kissed or had a boyfriend before the 2001 wedding to her 19-year-old cousin and locked herself in the bathroom after the ceremony.  The wedding was presided over by Warren Jeffs, 51, the leader and self-described "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, a breakaway Mormon sect that practices polygamy.  Jeffs is on trial on two counts of being an accomplice to rape, a charge he denies.  Jeffs is not charged with polygamy but the trial has focused attention on the practice and his secretive sect, whose approximately 7,500 members live in an isolated enclave on the Utah-Arizona border.  The woman, who cannot be identified, said she begged her husband not to touch her as he undressed her one night soon after their wedding.  "I can't do this, please don't,'" she said she told her husband.  "I was sobbing. My whole entire body was shaking I was so scared. He didn't stop. He just laid me onto the bed and had sex."     Read more
 
 
Teen Bride Cross-Examined in Second Week of Polygamist Warren Jeffs Trial
By Jennifer Dobner
The Associated Press
FOX News
Originally published Monday, September 17, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah A young woman who said she was forced to enter an arranged marriage at age 14 testified Monday that she never complained to her mother or sisters that she was being raped.  "I never told anyone," the woman, now 21, said during cross-examination at the trial of polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs.  Jeffs, president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice. Prosecutors say he used his influence to push the girl into a ceremonial marriage with a 19-year-old cousin in 2001 and force her to have sex.  Last week the woman testified that she sobbed through the wedding and had to be coaxed by Jeffs and her mother when asked to say "I do."  She hid in a bathroom after the ceremony at a Nevada motel.  Defense attorney Tara Isaacson challenged her earlier testimony and her statements to police in 2006.  The woman said Jeffs never specifically spoke to her about having sex because the FLDS faithful didn't use that word.  She acknowledged her mother had a "great deal of influence" on her to go ahead with the marriage ceremony.  The woman has been the only witness through nearly three days of trial.  She recalled last week how she avoided sex for weeks but could no longer deny her husband when he said it was "time for you to be a wife and do your duty."     Read more
 
 
Husband says girl initiated sex, Jeffs trial hears
By Daphne Bramham
Vancouver Sun
Originally published Thursday, September 20, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah - It all comes down to credibility in the trial of Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the largest polygamous group in North America.  He is charged with two counts of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl by her 19-year-old cousin.  Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, officiated at their arranged marriage and later gave them marriage counselling.  Her cousin, Allen Steed, who has never been charged with rape, testified Wednesday.  Steed wept on the stand as he talked about how he loved his wife, who CanWest News Service is identifying as Jane Doe to protect her privacy.  He denied ever having raped her and that the first time that they had intercourse - which Doe said was the first time she was raped - Doe initiated sex.  "I came home. I was putting in long hours at my job and I was really, really tired," the sturdily-built, soft-spoken Steed said.  "I went to sleep in my work clothes and as the night progressed, she woke me up and asked me if I cared about her and I said I loved her. She rolled up close to me and asked me to scratch her back and one thing led to another."  He said he found himself "guided to her" and they had sex.  Under cross-examination, Steed corrected when the first sexual contact happened.  Initially he said it was nearly two months after the wedding.  But shown a photo of a trip they made to Canada three weeks after the wedding, Steed said the sexual contact was before that time.  He testified that he had been counselled by Doe's stepfather to "take it slowly" with the 14-year-old.  One of the few conversations he and his "wife" - they were not legally married - had about sex was in relation to having children.  Steed said Doe told him she wanted to wait to have children.     Read more
 
 
Warren Jeffs' accuser no longer anonymous
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published September 21, 2007

ST. GEORGE Her name is Elissa Wall.  The woman at the center of the case against Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs made her name known today, when her attorneys released a photograph of her at age 14 the age she was when she claims she was forced into a marriage with her 19-year-old cousin.  "It's important to keep in mind that she's a 14-year-old girl when this occurred," said her attorney, Greg Hoole.  "This picture helps people keep that in mind."  Wall, now 21, was relieved to see the trial go to the jury late this afternoon, Hoole said.  "She's doing well," he said.  The jury is now deliberating whether Jeffs is guilty or innocent of rape as an accomplice, a first-degree felony.  Jeffs is accused of performing a marriage between Wall and her 19-year-old cousin, Allen Steed, at a Caliente, Nev., motel room in 2001.  As the prosecution's star witness, Wall presented a heartbreaking case against Jeffs.  She testified she did not want to be married to her cousin, and begged Jeffs to be spared from the union.  No one, she claims, came to her defense.  She said her mother and others betrayed her by insisting she go through with the marriage.     Read more
 
 
Jeffs follower charged with rape of child bride
From Amanda Townsend and Gary Tuchman
CNN
Originally published Wednesday, September 26, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah (CNN) -- A young man whose arranged marriage to a young cousin led to the conviction of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was charged Wednesday with her rape.  Prosecutors filed the rape charge against Allen Steed, 26, a day after a jury found Jeffs guilty of two rape-accomplice counts in connection with Steed's ill-fated 2001 marriage to Elissa Wall.  Jurors found that Jeffs used his authority as leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, to push the girl into a marriage she did not want.  Steed was 19 and his bride, who also was his first cousin, was 14 when Jeffs "sealed" them in spiritual marriage at a motel in Caliente, Nevada, where many FLDS weddings were performed.  Three other couples also were married that day in separate ceremonies, according to testimony.  Steed is accused of having sex with the girl against her will several weeks into the marriage.   Steed testified for the defense at Jeffs' trial. He said his new wife was affectionate to him in private, but cold in public.  He denied that he or Jeffs had forced sex on her.  Wall agreed to be identified publicly as the trial ended in hopes of encouraging other women who feel trapped by polygamy to come forward.  She testified that she told Steed she was not ready and that her first sexual encounter made her feel dirty, used and trapped.  Her pleas to church leaders to end the marriage were ignored, and Jeffs told her to submit "mind, body and soul" to her new husband, Wall told the jury.     Read more
 
 
Civil Claim From Jeffs Would Help Girls Escape Polygamy
Elissa Wall and Her Husband, Lamont Barlow, Talk Exclusively to GMA About Life in Sect
Good Morning America
ABC News
Originally broadcast October 1, 2007

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs faces life in prison thanks to the chilling testimony from Elissa Wall, who said she was forced to marry her 19-year-old cousin when she was 14.  Wall is now 21 and remarried to Lamont Barlow, who also left Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, the renegade Mormon group that practices polygamy.  While testifying against Jeffs was extremely brave, Wall had already taken the most courageous step of her life by leaving the sect.  For her and Barlow, leaving the group meant leaving behind family members and everything they had known before.   Wall said today in an exclusive interview on "Good Morning America" that she is still in a sort of emotional exile from her family.  "We love so many people from there, and it's really hard for them to understand what we're doing," she said.     Read more
 
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Steed is booked into jail, will be in court today
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published October 4, 2007

Allen Steed, who testified on behalf of Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs about Steed's failed marriage to a 14-year-old girl, has been booked into the Purgatory Jail on an arrest warrant.  Steed, 26, was booked late Wednesday night by Hildale Town Marshal Helaman Barlow.  According to a probable cause statement filed with the jail booking information, Steed contacted Barlow and turned himself in at Hildale town offices.  "I get the sense it was a planned thing because he had the money all ready when he turned himself in," Washington County Sheriff's Lt. Jake Adams told the Deseret Morning News this morning.  "He was booked in and paid bail and was released within 30 minutes."  Steed paid $5,000 bond to be released.  "He was booked in exactly the same fashion as anybody else would be," Adams said.  "There was no special conditions to his release. He promised to appear in court."  Steed has been charged with rape in connection with his marriage to Elissa Wall, the star witness in the case against Jeffs.  She testified that at age 14, she was forced to marry Steed in a ceremony presided over by Jeffs.  Steed was 19 at the time, and is her first cousin.     Read more
 
 
Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Gets Maximum Sentence
Edward Lawrence, Reporter
KLAS TV Channel 8 - Las Vegas
Originally broadcast November 20, 2007

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs got the maximum sentence under Utah law Tuesday.  The 51-yesr-old Jeffs was convicted of two counts of rape as an accomplice in September.  The charges stem from his role in arranging the marriage between a then 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin in 2001.  Warren Jeffs will spend at least 10 years in prison.  Utah law works a little differently.  The judge imposed two five-year to life sentences running consecutively, which is the most the judge could sentence him to serve.  At some point after 10 years the Utah Board of Pardons will set a parole hearing.  But that does not mean Jeffs will get out.  The judge in this case was very clear.  Utah District Court Judge James Shumate said, "I know from fact that whatever I do today will not make it better. You live under a life sentence. Your courage in carrying on is laudable. You don't have to do it alone."  Judge Shumate asked the victim, Elissa Wall, if she wanted any restitution.  Elissa said no.  Her restitution would be the maximum sentence under Utah law.  That is what the judge did.  In addition, Judge Shumate imposed a maximum fine under the law of $37,050.  The judge came to the decision weighing heavily the victim's statements in court.  Elissa Wall said, "I do not seek restitution, nor would I accept it from him. My restitution is knowing that I spoke the truth and you and the justice system have done your job."     Read more
 
 
With 'prophet' in prison, child bride can heal
The Associated Press
CNN
Originally published November 21, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- To Elissa Wall, seeing polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs sentenced to prison was worth more than the restitution to which she's entitled.  It was Wall who testified in September that Jeffs' influence as a church leader trapped her at age 14 in an unwanted marriage in which she was forced into sex against her will.  Dabbing at a tear, Wall told state Judge James L. Shumate on Tuesday that seeing Jeffs brought to justice would help her with the healing process more than $5,000 in restitution payments.  "My restitution is knowing that I spoke the truth and that you and the justice system have done your job," she told Shumate.  Shumate then sentenced Jeffs to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison for his role in the 2001 spiritual marriage between Wall and her 19-year-old cousin.  Now 21, Wall testified against the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in September.  A jury convicted Jeffs, 51, of two first-degree felony counts of rape as an accomplice.  Although she declined the restitution, which Utah law provides for, she has received more than $16,000 from a state fund and has sued the trust that oversees the FLDS church assets for more than $1 million in cash and property.     Read more
 
 
9 Jeffs followers get subpoenas
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published Wednesday, November 21, 2007

ST. GEORGE Elissa Wall strode out of the Washington County Attorney's Office, smiling to herself.  As she was escorted by her attorneys into a waiting vehicle, the former child bride declined to comment to a Deseret Morning News reporter on Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs' sentencing.  Meanwhile, her multimillion dollar civil lawsuit against Jeffs and the FLDS Church is taking a new twist.  Just before he was sentenced on Tuesday, Washington County sheriff's deputies served subpoenas on some of Jeffs' most loyal followers who showed up to lend their support to the FLDS leader.  "We did it as a matter of efficiency," said Roger Hoole, one of Wall's attorneys.  The subpoenas are seeking depositions in Wall's personal injury lawsuit, which stems from her marriage at age 14 to her 19-year-old cousin.  Wall was the prosecution's star witness in the rape as an accomplice case against Jeffs.  It was her compelling testimony that led to his conviction.  She sued the FLDS leader over the marriage, and defense attorneys pointed out during the criminal trial that Wall hired lawyers before she ever met with police to report a rape.  Her lawyers have denied accusations that she is strictly out for money.  Nine people were served with the subpoenas.  They include former Hildale police officer Rodney Holm, who was convicted of bigamy and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.  Hoole declined to say why their depositions would be sought.     Read more
 
 
Child-bride suit set for '09
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by a former child bride against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs may finally go to trial in 2009.  A judge in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court signed a proposed scheduling order on Friday in Elissa Wall's personal injury lawsuit against Jeffs, the Fundamentalist LDS Church and its real estate holdings arm, the United Effort Plan Trust.  The order lays out a timetable for the lawsuit, setting a potential trial date for March 2009.  "The estimated length of trial is four days," said the order.  Attorneys for the court-controlled UEP Trust have filed a motion for summary judgment, seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed against them.  They are asking the judge to rule on their motion before the court process commences.  The order includes a cap of 20 depositions, each taking no more than seven hours, but an unlimited number of document requests.     Read more
 
 
Ex-child bride writing tell-all
'Stolen Innocence' is expected in April; will cover Jeffs saga
By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News
Originally published Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The former child bride who helped convict polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has written a book about her life.  Elissa Wall's book, tentatively titled "Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Triumphing over Warren Jeffs," is scheduled to be published in April by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.  Pre-order sales for the 288-page book have already showed up on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble's Web site.  "It's going to be a great book," Wall's attorney, Roger Hoole, told the Deseret Morning News Monday.  "She's never told her story. She's only told little pieces of it."  Hoole declined to disclose the terms of Wall's publishing contract and said the book was still in progress. Representatives for the publishing company did not return a call seeking comment.  "She hopes it will help a lot of people," Hoole said.  "It's her chance to fully tell her story."     Read more
 
 
Shurtleff deposition set in child-bride suit
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Originally published Monday, May 12, 2008

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff will give a deposition in a former child bride's multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Fundamentalist LDS Church and its leader, Warren Jeffs.  Shurtleff confirmed to the Deseret News on Monday that he will be deposed later this month in connection with Elissa Wall's personal injury lawsuit.  "They wanted to ask me about a meeting I had in August 2002, when a bunch of representatives of the FLDS tried to talk me out of going forward on investigations of child-bride cases," Shurtleff said Monday.  "I don't know how the meeting I had comes into play, but that's what I was told they wanted to ask me about."  Wall's attorney, Roger Hoole, declined to say why exactly he needed the attorney general's testimony.  "It's going to be a very short deposition," he told the Deseret News.  "I need to establish one point."  Wall was the star witness in the criminal case that led to Jeffs' conviction in Utah on charges of rape as an accomplice.  Jeffs performed a marriage between the then-14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.  Jeffs is serving a pair of 5-to-life prison sentences.  In Arizona, Jeffs is facing more charges of sexual misconduct and incest, accused of performing similar child-bride marriages.  Wall is a witness in one of those cases.  The time period that Shurtleff said he will be deposed about was when the state was prosecuting Rodney Holm, an FLDS member and Hildale police officer who was later convicted of unlawful sex with a 16-year-old girl who was his third wife.  Shurtleff said he will have to rely on his memory of the 2002 meeting with FLDS representatives.  The investigator who sat in on the meeting died, and notes of the meeting cannot be found.     Read more
 
 
Ex-child bride's book released
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Originally published Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The former child bride whose testimony led to the conviction of Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs is telling her story in a new book.  Elissa Wall's much anticipated autobiography, "Stolen Innocence," hit bookstore shelves on Tuesday, at a time when interest in the FLDS is at a national high because of the raid in Texas.  The book was published by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins.  Wall devotes most of the 431-page book to her upbringing in the FLDS Church and her marriage that led to the criminal charges being filed against Jeffs, spending the last third devoted to the high-profile trial and her views of it from the witness stand.  It was Wall's testimony that led to Jeffs' conviction on charges of rape as an accomplice for performing the marriage between the then-14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.  "I wanted to run as Uncle Warren droned on with the vows," she wrote of the wedding ceremony at a Caliente, Nev., motel in 2001.  After repeatedly being asked if she took Allen Steed to be her husband, and even having her mother stand beside her, Wall finally responded: "OK. I do."  "My soul was broken," she wrote.  "I was now going to be Allen's wife for eternity and there was nothing I could do about it."  She wrote about attempting suicide the night she first had sex with her new husband, the night she also alleges she was raped.  Wall writes in the book that her attempts to be "released" (divorced) from her husband were rebuffed by Jeffs.  "Warren knew without a doubt what I was talking about, even though I had no idea how to talk about such personal, secret things with the most powerful man in our community," she wrote.  "I didn't even know words such as sex or rape, but I communicated to Warren the only way I could, and I knew that he understood."  She was told to go back to her husband, where she said she attempted to make their marriage work, but was secretly miserable.     Read more
 
 
Attorney objects to teen bride's book, tour
The Associated Press
The Spectrum
Originally published Wednesday, May 14, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A book and promotional tour by the teen bride who helped convict Warren Jeffs could spoil the jury pool in a criminal case against her former husband, his attorney said.  Elissa Wall's book, "Stolen Innocence," was released Tuesday by publisher William Morrow.  It chronicles her life, including her time with cousin Allen Steed, whom she describes as having a violent temper and a "calculating and controlling" personality.  Steed is charged with raping Wall during their relationship, which was arranged in 2001 by leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sect that practices polygamy and arranged marriage.  Wall, who was 14 at the time, said she was forced into sex with Steed, who was 19.  "Ms. Wall needs to specifically understand that her conduct may compromise Mr. Steed's ability to obtain a fair trial and that she may have to make some choices regarding her quest for publicity and her desire to have Mr. Steed prosecuted," defense attorney Jim Bradshaw said last week in a letter to Washington County prosecutors.  Wall, now 21, was the key witness last year in the trial that sent Jeffs to prison for rape as an accomplice.  She claimed he refused to release her from the relationship.  Steed, 27, testified for Jeffs and was charged with rape a day after the FLDS leader was convicted in 5th District Court in St. George, 300 miles south of Salt Lake City.  Bradshaw's letter says professional rules of conduct prohibit out-of-court statements by attorneys and others associated with a prosecutor's office if the comments might prejudice a case.     Read more
 
 
'Stolen Innocence' Excerpt
Elissa Wall's Testimony Helped Convict Sect Leader Warren Jeffs
ABC Good Morning America
Originally broadcast May 16, 2008

May 16, 2008 Elissa Wall's harrowing testimony in a packed courtroom September 2007 helped convict polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. Her vivid account detailed the harsh realities of living inside the closed community of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints.  Now Wall's new book, "Stolen Innocence," goes beyond her courtroom heroism and gives her incredible story of a turbulent past, tumultuous youth and how she became a child bride who endured years of abuse.  Wall discusses sleeping in her truck rather than sharing a bed with her tormentor and how she retained hope - even in her bleakest times - that she would escape someday.

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Chapter Ten

The Celestial Law


Take this revelation, or any other revelation that the Lord has given, and deny it in your feelings and I promise that you will be damned.

- Brigham Young


I had been in the FLDS Church from the moment I was born. It was all I knew and the only way I could imagine living. From my teachings, I knew that the prophet's job was to dictate what was best for us and that the words he spoke came straight from God. I believed that my impending marriage was the will of God and therefore nothing could be done to stop it. But still, I had to try.

I also knew that I was different from other girls in my community. I wanted an education, and maybe even to become a nurse or teacher someday. During my year in public school, I'd come to realize things were possible that I'd never dreamed before. Sure, I knew that I wanted to be a mother of good priesthood children, but not at fourteen. I wanted children and a future, and I dared to think that both were possible.     Read more
 
 
Elissa Wall Speaks Out About Her 'Stolen Innocence'
Forced Into Marriage at 14, She Testified Against Polygamous Prophet Warren Jeffs
By JOSEPH DIAZ
ABC 20/20
Originally broadcast May 16, 2008

May 16, 2008 The recent raid on Warren Jeffs' Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas, which resulted in the removal of more than 400 children from their homes, has thrust allegations of widespread child abuse at the polygamous sect into the national spotlight.  But one of the darkest secrets of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints unfolds at a seedy roadside motel in the remote Nevada desert, where underage girls - some as young as 14 - are allegedly forced through hasty and secret wedding ceremonies.  Elissa Wall says she was one such 14-year-old who was taken to the motel and plunged into wedlock with no choice but to accept and obey the command of Jeffs.  Sam Brower, a private detective who has spent five years investigating Jeffs and his sect for a number of former members, says the weddings are done "covertly, real cloak-and-dagger like."  Wall, now 21, told ABC News' John Quinones that, "I was trapped. I felt like I had nowhere to turn. I did not want to go through with this marriage. I felt, honestly, what it was like to die."     Read more
 
 
Ex-FLDS child bride to speak at book signing
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Originally published Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Elissa Wall said it is painful to watch the events unfold in Texas involving her kin within the Fundamentalist LDS Church.  "All of those people down there I know and love very deeply. I know they feel like they're doing what they're supposed to do to get to heaven," she said.  "I also know what can happen to these children from first-hand experience."  The former child bride who was the star witness in the criminal case against FLDS leader Warren Jeffs is speaking out about the raid as she promotes her book, "Stolen Innocence."  Wall will appear at Sam Weller's Bookstore on Salt Lake City's Main Street tonight, where she will read from her bestseller and have a book signing.  The event begins at 7 p.m.  In an interview with the Deseret News, Wall spoke at length about the raid on the YFZ Ranch in Texas, Jeffs' high-profile trial and their feelings about the FLDS Church.  "I know in my heart I did what I had to do to protect other people and give other women a chance that I did not have," she said.  Wall was married at age 14 to her 19-year-old cousin Allen Steed in a 2001 marriage performed by Jeffs.  In her courtroom testimony and in her book, she said she tried to resist efforts to be married and she begged Jeffs to let her out of the marriage.  She wrote that she attempted suicide the night she first had sex with her husband, the night she alleges she was raped.  The marriage ultimately ended when Wall met Lamont Barlow.  Pregnant with his child, the two left the FLDS Church.     Read more
 
 
Former FLDS bride's book will be made into a movie
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Originally published Friday, May 30, 2008

Former child bride Elissa Wall's best-seller about her life in the Fundamentalist LDS Church reportedly will be made into a movie.  The Hollywood industry-newspaper Variety reports that "Stolen Innocence" is being developed for the big screen.  Wall's book details her upbringing in the polygamous sect and her marriage at age 14 to her 19-year-old cousin.  It was her marriage that led to rape as an accomplice charges being filed against FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.  She was the prosecution's star witness, and her testimony is credited with convicting Jeffs, who is serving a pair of 5-years-to-life sentences.  "Stolen Innocence" is listed at No. 6 on the New York Times Bestseller List, and No. 51 on Amazon.com's list.  The film is being made by Sharp Independent (the in-house film arm of the book's publisher, HarperCollins) and independent film company Killer Films, Variety reported.  No word on who will play Elissa Wall or Warren Jeffs.

E-mail: bwinslow@desnews.com
 
 
'Stolen Innocence': Story of a teenage bride
The book: 'Stolen Innocence' By Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer (William Morrow) The buyer: Sharp Independent and Killer Films
By Josh Getlin
Los Angeles Times
Originally published June 5, 2008

The deal

Sharp Independent at HarperCollins and Killer Films option Elissa Wall's "Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs," the story of a girl forced into marriage at 14 as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her later escape from the polygamist cult.

The players

Jeffrey Sharp ("Evening" and "Proof") and Christine Vachon ("Boys Don't Cry" and "I'm Not There") are producing. Wall is represented by attorney Roger Hoole.

The back story

When Wall escaped the FLDS -- and delivered dramatic courtroom testimony against cult leader Warren Jeffs -- she got a crash course in how to present herself to the news media. But she wasn't quite as prepared when Hollywood came calling.

Soon after William Morrow agreed to publish "Stolen Innocence," HarperCollins' book-to-movie unit raised the idea of turning her story into a film. Sharp, who runs the unit, was keen on partnering with Vachon, with whom he'd worked before.

When they sat down with Wall, however, the author expressed concerns. "I was hesitant about a film, and still am," she said. "I wanted the integrity of my story to be respected. I wanted to know that things wouldn't get overly dramatized if the story moved to the screen."     Read more
 
 
Wall's book is lacking any heroes
By Lee Benson
Deseret News
Originally published Friday, June 6, 2008

n Elissa Wall's new tell-all book, "Stolen Innocence," we learn, among other things, that polygamists spell dysfunction just like the rest of us, only with a capital D.  Elissa is the FLDS child-bride whose testimony sent FLDS leader Warren Jeffs to two consecutive five-years-to-life prison terms on accomplice-to-rape charges.  In her book, written with New York freelance writer Lisa Pulitzer, she not only provides details of the why and how Jeffs got convicted, but gives us an insider's tour through the mostly walled-off world of plural marriage.  And if you think things can sometimes get upside down in a normal monogamous family, try multiplying that by a power of x multiple wives.  For Elissa's family, it all started when Doug Wall, a native of central Utah and a football player at BYU, got married, joined the FLDS, and then got married again ... and again.  In the summer of 1986, he had Elissa, one of 24 offspring he would produce, with his second wife, Sharon, and for a time everybody lived in Salt Lake City, where they were the biggest family on the block until the wives didn't get along and Doug had to travel a lot to keep everyone fed and some of the kids started acting out and all of that conspired to have Doug's priesthood taken away by the church leaders because he "couldn't control his family."  After that it went from bad to worse to real bad until Elissa's mother and her respective children were ordered to the FLDS compound in southern Utah, where they were grafted into a whole new family headed by Fred Jessop, aka Uncle Fred.  It was Uncle Fred, Elissa's newly appointed father, who "placed" her to be married to her 19-year-old first cousin, Allen Steed, three months before Elissa turned 15.  Remember Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in "War of the Roses?"  A model marriage, by comparison.     Read more
 
 
Wall's book did have a hero
Opinion
Deseret News
Originally published Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I was totally upset by Lee Benson's column of June 6. He authoritatively proclaimed that "Wall's book is lacking in heroes." I had just finished reading "Stolen Innocence" by Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer. My conclusion was that there was one definite hero in the book, Elissa Wall herself. After all, it was her testimony that finally put Warren Jeffs behind bars.

Jeffs had caused untold suffering among his followers. He had put people out of their homes and misused money. The list goes on. Others have written books about their unhappy lives. It was, however, Elissa Wall's voice that was finally heard in court.

Marna H. Adams
St. George
 
 
Term Limits followed by Stolen Innocence
News 88.9 KNPR
Nevada Public Radio
Originally published July 8, 2008

07/08/08: The NV Supreme Court will hear arguments over the constitutionality of term limits for elected officials. We'll take a look at how the court's ruling could impact the upcoming primary election.

Then: We'll talk with Elissa Wall about her new memoir "Stolen Innocence." Wall grew up in the FLDS in UT and was married when she was only 14. Her accusations of rape resulting from that underage marriage put the group's leader, Warren Jeffs, in prison for 10 years.
 
 
Escape to freedom
Ian Munro, Utah
The Age - Melbourne, Australia
Originally published July 12, 2008

She gave evidence that sent the leader of a US polygamous sect to jail.  Now, this brave young woman is helping others caught in the same trap.  NO LONGER the star prosecution witness against cult leader Warren Jeffs, nor a fully disappeared participant in the FBI's witness protection program, Elissa Wall remains guarded about her whereabouts.  Who knows what some particularly devout supporter of Jeffs might do?  Say she lives "somewhere in Utah".  That is near enough.  We meet at a hospital where Wall's husband her true husband, the man she loves and chose to marry is being treated for a lymphatic disorder.  She is blonde and bright and welcoming.  But her eyes are prone to welling up when she reflects on life in the fundamentalist Mormon sect that made her an unwilling teen bride to her first cousin, Allen Steed.  Jeffs, 52, was sentenced last November to at least 10 years in prison for facilitating Wall's rape when he ordered Steed to consummate their forced marriage.  Jeffs, the sect's prophet, claimed he was acting on a revelation from God when he directed Wall to marry Steed.  Wall thinks it was mere vindictiveness, a malicious assertion of his power over members of the enthusiastically polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints.  She had, after all, defied this self-proclaimed messenger of God, telling him more than once that she was not ready to marry.  "Especially after the way I stood up to him, he thought: 'How can I punish her forever?' I think he saw that I did not want to marry (Steed), so that's exactly what he wanted me to do," she says.     Read more
 
 
'I honestly think he believed he was God'
By Elizabeth Day
The Observer - London, England
Originally published Sunday, September 7 2008

Elissa Wall can clearly remember her wedding day. She remembers the simple white dress made by her mother and sister, the sparkly tiara she wore in her hair and the ride she took in a horse-drawn carriage. But most of all, she remembers being 14 years old and trying her hardest not to cry.

'I felt so hurt, so betrayed by these people I trusted,' she says now, eight years later. 'I was looking down at this pure white dress that should have been symbolic of a very happy moment in my life, a symbol of beautiful things and it was quite the opposite. To me, that dress was like a set of shackles being fitted.'

She no longer has the dress. It was bagged up by police officers and used as evidence in the trial of the polygamist sect leader, Warren Jeffs, a man now serving between 10 years and life in Utah State Prison. It was Jeffs, the self-appointed head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, who forced the 14-year-old Elissa to marry her 19-year-old first cousin, Allen Steed, in 2001. And it was Jeffs who insisted, despite her tearful pleas, that she must submit to her husband 'mind, body and soul' in order to achieve godly salvation.

For three years, Elissa, who had been raised within the FLDS to believe that marriage was the pinnacle of a woman's achievement, was routinely raped and sexually assaulted by her husband. By the age of 17, she had suffered four miscarriages and a stillborn child. At her lowest point, she attempted suicide with a handful of Ibuprofen pills.

'I had been so sheltered, so closed-off,' she says when we meet in a cafe in Utah. 'I'd been taught to think of men as "poisonous snakes", so being exposed to marital relations was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I probably had the innocence of a nine-year-old and that was brutally shattered. It broke a piece inside me that I don't think will ever be completely healed.'
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FLDS trust wants to be dropped from child bride lawsuit
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Originally published Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

A judge will decide if the Fundamentalist LDS Church's real-estate holdings arm should be on the hook in a former child bride's multimillion-dollar lawsuit.  During a hearing Friday in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court, lawyers representing the court-controlled United Effort Plan Trust asked to be dropped from Elissa Wall's lawsuit against the trust, the FLDS Church and its leader, Warren Jeffs.  They argued that the conduct of Jeffs in performing a 2001 marriage between Wall and her 19-year-old cousin is not the conduct of the UEP Trust, which was recently reformed by the courts.  "The fact that it happened doesn't make it doctrine," attorney Jeffrey L. Shields argued.  "It doesn't mean the beneficiary class should be liable for the conduct of its trustees."  Shields argued that those who would ultimately lose are women and children who live in trust-controlled homes in the FLDS communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.  He also claimed Wall's suit could lead to a flood of litigation.  "We're trying to protect minors. That's what this case is about," Wall's attorney, Roger Hoole, told the judge.  "Elissa Wall wants no one to go through what she went through."  Hoole argued that the trust and the church are one and the same, and that as a leader in the FLDS Church, Jeffs was the alter-ego of the UEP.  The trust was created to preserve and promote the doctrines of the FLDS Church, which he claimed included underage marriages.     Read more
 
 
Escaping Polygamy
Forced to marry at 14: Lisa Ling's Special Report on Polygamy Continues
From The Oprah Winfrey Show
Originally published December 2, 2008

On March 29, 2008, "Sarah," a girl who said she was 16-years-old, called a local shelter and claimed she was being abused by her husband, a 50-year-old man who is also the father of her eight-month-old child.  Days after the call, heavily armed authorities raided a polygamist community in rural Eldorado, Texas.  After six days on the isolated property, state child protective services removed more than 460 children from their homes.  More than 100 women presumed to be their mothers went with them.  Of the more than 50 girls believed to be between the ages of 14 and 17, authorities say 31 were pregnant or had given birth.  More than 6,000 people are thought to be members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS.  This religious sect believes the practice of polygamy will bring them true and lasting salvation.  In Texas, the children removed from the compound remain in state custody as the investigation continues.  Shortly after the raid, Oprah Show correspondent Lisa Ling traveled to Central Texas.  After two days of waiting and hours of tense cell phone discussions, Lisa and the producers are allowed access to the compound and brought to a house where three women wait to speak with her.  Two attorneys stand nearby, monitoring Lisa's questions and the women's answers.     Read more
 
 
Jeffs' lawyers appeal his Utah convictions
By Linda Thomson
Deseret News
Originally published Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

Lawyers for Warren Steed Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist LDS Church, have appealed to the Utah Supreme Court to reverse Jeffs' 2007 convictions on two counts of being an accomplice to rape and rule that he should get a new trial.  The high court, as an alternative move, could order 5th District Judge James Shumate to review a motion for a retrial in Jeffs' case.  Attorneys Walter Bugden, Tara Isaacson and Richard Wright cited what they termed as errors in the case, including such things as flawed jury instructions, the seating of a replacement juror after deliberations had begun and "an unconstitutionally vague" definition of enticement in Utah's rape law.  Jeffs was convicted by a St. George jury of presiding over a 2001 marriage ceremony in which a then 14-year-old girl, Elissa Wall, was wed to her 19-year-old cousin, Allen Steed.  Among other things, the legal brief filed Nov. 25 contends that Jeffs simply performed a wedding ceremony and did not intend for the girl to be raped, nor did he intend to help Steed commit rape.     Read more
 
 
FLDS trust still on the hook in child bride lawsuit
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Originally published Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008

The court-controlled real estate holdings arm of the Fundamentalist LDS Church remains on the hook in a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by a former child bride.  A judge in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court ruled Monday that the United Effort Plan Trust will remain a part of Elissa Wall's lawsuit against the FLDS Church and its leader, Warren Jeffs.  However, Judge Sandra Peuler dismissed a claim that the trust was involved in a "conspiracy" to sexually abuse her.  "They were all of one mind," Wall's attorney, Roger Hoole, said Saturday.  "The church and the trust were of one mind, they're essentially the same."  According to a scheduling order obtained by the Deseret News, Wall's lawsuit will go to trial beginning March 1, 2009.  "The trust was used to help control people and perpetuate child abuse.  The evidence is clear and we think a jury will agree," Hoole said.  Hoole doubted the lawsuit would be settled.  The trust had rejected an earlier settlement offer that would have called for property for Wall and $1 million in a fund to help abuse victims leaving the FLDS communities.     Read more
 
 
Joyce Carol Oates coming to Fort Lauderdale
Off the Page
Sun-Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Originally published January 23, 2009

Joyce Carol Oates, Rita Mae Brown, Stephen Coonts and Esmeralda Santiago are just a few of the glitteratti who will be at Feast 2009, Broward County's biggest literay event.  Really, this is the most impressive line-up this 27-year-old fete has ever had.  By far.  Oates is beyond doubt one of America's top novelists over the past 40 years, perennially mentioned as a Nobel candidate.  Brown is the Fort Lauderdale-bred author of the classic feminist-lesbian novel, Rubyfruit Jungle, as well as a charming series of mysteries.  Coonts is a best-selling thriller writer, while Santiago is a leading English-language Latina novelist.  The nonfiction list is just as impressive, including Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello; Fred Kaplan, author of Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer; W. Hodding Carter, whose Off the Deep End chronicles his attempt, at 45, to qualify as an Olympic swimmer; and Elissa Wall, author Stealing Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs, about which no additional description seems necessary.     Read more
 
 
Court CPA for FLDS trust sues former child bride's family
The Associated Press
The Arizona Republic
Originally published February 14, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY - A court-appointed CPA has sued the family of Elissa Wall, saying they - not a polygamous church's trust - are responsible for her forced marriage at age 14.  Wall, the key witness in the 2007 criminal trial of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs, filed a multimillion dollar personal injury lawsuit against the United Effort Plan Trust under the initial M.J. in 2005.  She claims the trust conspired by sanctioning her unwanted marriage and providing the home where she was forced into nonconsensual sex with her husband.  She is seeking unspecified damages, including $1 million to establish a fund for those who want to leave the FLDS church.  Trust overseer Bruce Wisan disagrees.  Attorneys for Wisan filed a third-party complaint in the lawsuit, saying Walls' parents, sister and her former husband are the responsible parties.  Named in the lawsuit are Lloyd Wall and Sharon Wall, Elissa's parents; Rebecca Musser, her sister; and former husband Allen Steed, who was 19 when his marriage to Wall was arranged by church leaders in 2001.  Also included are former trustees Truman I. Barlow, Leroy S. Jeffs, James Zitting, William E. Jessop and the estate of the late Fred M. Jessop, who was married to Sharon Wall at the time of her daughter's wedding.  In court papers, attorneys said any damages that resulted from the marriage were "primarily and ultimately" caused by the failure of her family and the former trustees to act.     Read more
 
 
Feast for the minds
From Society Scene
A marketing publication of the Sun-Sentinel Company
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Originally published March 4, 2009

The 21st edition of Literary Feast, Broward County's premier literary event, brings 24 acclaimed authors to South Florida on March 20 and 21.  Benefiting the Broward Public Library Foundation, the annual celebration treats book lovers of all ages to author readings, book signings, a student writing contest and the event's signature "A Night of Literary Feasts."  This year's program features an exceptional slate of award-winning authors, including bestseller Vicki Myron (Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World), Joyce Carol Oates (My Sister, My Love), Rita Mae Brown (The Purrfect Murder), Stephen Coonts (The Assassin) and 2008 National Book Award winner for nonfiction Annette Gordon-Reed (The Hemingses of Monticello).  "Literary Feast 2009 offers something for everyone the history of the Bacardi family, the funny and tragic life of comedian Chris Farley, 101 facts about Bullying, competing in sports in middle age, the 'Sex in the City of the 1930s,' and much more," said Suzanne Migdall, Literary Feast co-chairwomen with Diane Brewer, both of Fort Lauderdale.  For the eighth year, Nova Southeastern University is title sponsor of the event.  Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, Attorneys at Law, is the presenting sponsor of Literary Feast 2009.  Scott W. Rothstein, Chairman/CEO of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, Attorneys at Law, has made an unprecedented pledge to the Broward Public Library Foundation for the upcoming event.  He has committed to match the net proceeds of Literary Feast, which in 2008 totaled $235,000.  Rothstein and his wife Kimberly are also hosting Literary Feast's annual "Meeting of the Minds" reception on March 20, for all of the authors and the Night of Literary Feasts' dinner hosts.     Read more
 
 
Forced Into Polygamy in Public
What Would You Do If You Thought You Saw a Child Bride?
By ELISSA STOHLER and YARDENA SCHWARTZ
Primetime
ABC News
Originally broadcast March 17, 2009

Colorado City, Ariz., home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, seems like a town stuck in the 19th century.  Women wear old-fashioned clothing and sport elaborately braided hairstyles, and the practice of polygamy -- having more than one spouse at one time -- is not uncommon.  The FLDS, which has been renounced by the Mormon Church for it's practice of polygamy, has been accused of arranging marriages between underage girls and much older men who already have multiple wives.  Young women have spoken out about allegedly being forced into marriage when they were as young as 14, and wishing they'd had help escaping their fates.  So how would people react if they thought they were seeing a young girl being forced into a polygamous marriage against her will?  "What Would You Do?" headed west to see how people would respond when faced with the chance to save a young girl from a forced polygamous marriage.  A few hours' drive from Colorado City, we set up hidden cameras at a family restaurant in Las Vegas called Hash House a Go-Go, just minutes from the strip, and hired actors to portray a polygamist family.  There was Frank, a man in his 60s, his wife, Sherry, the "head wife" of the family, and "sister wives" Laura and Kathy.  There was another young woman as well, "Susan."  The actress playing Susan was actually 20 years old.  But in our scenario, she was pretending to be a 15-year-old girl about to become Frank's very reluctant fourth wife.     Read more
 
 
Former child bride talks to abuse officials
ABC 13 Houston
Originally broadcast Thursday, April 2, 2009

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints compound in west Texas.  Hundreds of children were taken into custody after authorities received an anonymous tip about abuse.  That tip proved to be a hoax and Children's Protective Service officials have taken a lot of heat over their handling of the case.  Today, two former FLDS child brides are at the DePelchin Children's Center in Houston for a training session hosted by Harris County's Child Abuse Task Force.  We spoke this morning with one of them, Elissa Wall.  She left the group, but says she still has relatives in the Eldorado compound.  The children were removed from the compound after allegations of abuse and that some might be child brides.  It was a huge undertaking for the state's child welfare system.  Some of them were brought as far as Harris County to stay during the investigation.  Wall testified against former FLDS leader, Warren Jeffs, and she's here to talk to the Harris County Child Abuse Task Force about the issue.  "My reason for speaking here today is to educate, to bring clarity to people of this environment," she said.  "To let them know the place I came from, to let them know about the FLDS so that they have better tools to deal with the people of Eldorado, Texas."  As for her life outside of the FLDS, Wall is married of her own free will and has three children.  The group will also hear from Flora Jessup.
 
 
Former child bride offers to settle trust lawsuit
The Associated Press
Deseret News
Originally published Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The key witness in the 2007 criminal trial of polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs is offering to settle the multimillion-dollar lawsuit she filed against a communal church trust.  The proposal filed in 3rd District Court by attorneys for Elissa Wall seeks $308,375 in cash, 21 acres of undeveloped land and two developed lots from the United Effort Plan Trust.  The trust is an arm of the Fundamentalist LDS Church and holds the land and homes in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.  A former FLDS member, Wall filed her lawsuit in 2005, seeking compensation for her 2001 marriage, which was arranged by church leaders when she was just 14.  In the lawsuit, Wall sought unspecified damages, including $1 million to establish a fund for those who want to leave the FLDS Church.  Wall's sexual relationship with her 19-year-old husband was the basis for the charges filed against Jeffs.  A jury convicted Jeffs of two counts of first-degree felony rape as an accomplice in 2007.  Allegations of mismanagement of the UEP by Jeffs and other church leaders were grounds for the Utah courts to seize the $114 million property trust in 2005.  A court-appointed accountant countersued Wall in March saying the trust was not responsible for her forced marriage.  All trust litigation is on hold as UEP attorneys, the FLDS and the attorneys general of Utah and Arizona negotiate a settlement for control of the trust.
 
 
No plea deal for husband involved in Warren Jeffs conviction
ABC 4 News
Originally published July 22, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A defense attorney says he'll ask a judge to dismiss rape charges filed against a man whose 2001 spiritual marriage led to the criminal conviction of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs.  Washington County prosecutors charged FLDS follower Allen Steed with rape in September 2007 - one day after a jury convicted Jeffs on two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in Steed's marriage to Elissa Wall.  Steed was 19 and Wall was 14 when they married.  At Jeffs' trial, Wall said she objected to the marriage and was forced into sex.  Steed said he believed the sexual relationship initiated by Wall was consensual.  In 5th District Court Tuesday, attorney Jim Bradshaw and prosecutors said plea agreement negotiations had failed.     See photo
 
 
2009 St. George Book Festival Featured Author Bios
The Spectrum
Originally published October 19, 2009

Elissa Wall

Elissa Wall's book, "Stolen Innocence," is a look at a journey. She will be speaking Saturday at 1 p.m.

Wall describes various events in her life:

Her childhood in a large family with three mothers. The painful and emotional situations revolving around her arranged, forced marriage to her older first cousin at the tender age of 14. Coming forward and telling authorities of her terrible marriage. Facing Warren Jeffs as a witness against him. Wall hopes all will find her story interesting and inspiring.

Ron Esplin

Ron Esplin was born in Cedar City, but lived most of his life in the Salt Lake Valley. He serves as managing editor of the "Joseph Smith Papers Project," and with Dean C. Jessee and Richard Lyman Bushman as one of the general editors of the published "Joseph Smith Papers" volumes.

Esplin received history degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Virginia, and Brigham Young University. From 1972 until 1980, he was part of the History Division of the LDS Church's Historical Department, with assignments both as a researcher and writer and as an archivist. He moved to BYU in 1980 when the History Division was transferred there to become the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History. From 1986 through 2002, he served as managing director of that research institute and as a professor of church history and doctrine. From 1988 to 1991, he served as one of the editors for "Macmillan's Encyclopedia of Mormonism." Most of his publications have involved Brigham Young and early Utah or pre-Utah Mormon history, including "Men With A Mission: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles, 18371841." Many of them also concern Joseph Smith and early Latter-day Saint leadership.
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Utah AG joins false testimony probe in Jeffs case
By JENNIFER DOBNER
Associated Press
Forbes
Originally published April 15, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah attorney general's office is responding to an investigation of allegations that false testimony may have been provided during the 2007 criminal trial of polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs.  On Thursday, the office said it learned two days ago that papers used by Canadian midwife Jane Blackmore to document her medical care of Elissa Wall following a miscarriage in 2002 may have been re-created records - not originals as represented during the trial.  Wall's 2001 spiritual marriage - at age 14 - to her 19-year-old cousin was the basis for Jeffs' criminal conviction on two counts of rape as an accomplice.  Wall claimed she had been forced into the marriage and that her sexual relationship with her husband was forced.  The Associated Press does not generally identify those who claim to have been sexually assaulted.  But following the trial, Wall spoke publicly about her experiences and recounted them in a book, "Stolen Innocence."  Jeffs, 53, the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is serving two prison terms of five years to life.  The conviction is on appeal to the Utah Supreme Court.  In papers filed Thursday, the Utah attorney general's office said it would not object to a stay of the appeal if Jeffs' defense attorneys want a judge to hear the allegations.  Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap quietly launched an investigation of the allegations in February after he was told by a third party that Wall may have "lied" about her medical records.     Read more
 
 
Jeffs' accuser hopes for another chance in court
Reported by: Brent Hunsaker
ABC 4 News
Originally broadcast July 27, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Nearly four years after his capture outside of Las Vegas and four years of bouncing between jails and prison, Warren Jeffs now stands convicted of ... nothing.  The charges in Arizona: all dropped.  The charges in Texas: pending extradition.  And the convictions in Utah: overturned.  Elissa Wall, the chief accuser in the Utah case against Warren Jeffs is in shock.  In talking to reporters after the Utah Supreme Court decision, her words were strong, but the voice was shaky and she seems unsure about what comes next.  "I still am in shock understanding that there's a huge possibility that we could do this all over again. And more than anything that Warren Jeffs is going to possibly walk away. That's painful."  In the fall of 2007, her voice was filled with emotion as she related before the court the trauma Jeffs caused by forcing her into a marriage at age 14.    "This was the darkest time of my entire life," she testified. "This is very hard for me to relate." It was especially hard to face Warren Jeffs who she once believed was God's own prophet.  She remembered, "Right at the beginning of the trial, he looked at me with his death stare. I was sitting there because I had chosen to stand up against Warren and stand up against the injustice in my life and hold him accountable."     Read more
 
 
Victim in Jeffs case: 'This is not the end'
By the CNN Wire Staff
CNN
Originally published July 28, 2010

(CNN) -- A woman who claims polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs forced her as a 14-year-old to marry her 19-year-old cousin said she is not giving up, despite the Utah Supreme Court's overturning Jeffs' convictions and ordering a new trial.  "This is not the end, and I by no means am backing down," Elissa Wall said after the ruling at a news conference, portions of which were posted on the website of CNN affiliate KSL-TV.  Jeffs, the "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or FLDS, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life after he was convicted on two counts of rape as an accomplice in September 2007.  He was accused of using his influence to force Wall to marry her cousin Allen Steed in 2001.  The Utah Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the jury instructions in Jeffs' 2007 trial were flawed.  The first count of rape as an accomplice against Jeffs was alleged to have occurred shortly after Wall and Steed were married, when the two first had sex, the Utah Supreme Court opinion said.  The second was alleged to have occurred after Jeffs refused to "release" Wall from her marriage and told her to "give herself to [Steed] ... mind, body and soul."  Prosecutors relied on three separate portions of the law defining the circumstances under which sex is non-consensual, the opinion said.  Under those portions, the victim must express a lack of consent through words or conduct, the victim must be younger than 18, and "the actor" must be in a position of special trust in relation to the victim.  "Jeffs argues that the instruction erroneously focused the jury on Jeffs' actions and position of special trust, rather than on Steed's, for the purpose of determining whether Wall consented," the opinion said.  The justices agreed, saying in the unanimous ruling that the jurors should have been asked to consider whether Steed was in a position of special trust and whether Steed lured or induced Wall into having sex.     Read more
 
 
Warren Jeffs' accuser ready for round two
By: MaryEllen Resendez
ABC 15 KNXV-TV - Phoenix
Originally broadcast August 4, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The woman who testified against Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, said she'll recall the darkest moments of her life, if it means keeping him behind bars.  "I just can't walk away," said Elissa Wall, who was the key witness in Jeffs' 2007 rape trial.  Wall testified she was only 14-years old when Jeffs forced her to marry her adult cousin.  A marriage prosecutors say resulted in rape.  Prosecutors are still deciding whether to retry Jeffs as an accomplice on rape charges.  If they do, Wall said she will be ready to testify.  "It's definitely something I struggle with. No matter what the internal battle may be going on, I will square my shoulders, stand up and face Warren and look him in the eye," said Wall.  "It will be freeing like it was the first time around."  On July 27, 2010, the Utah Supreme Court threw out Jeff's two convictions, citing "serious" errors in instructions given to jurors that deprived Jeffs of a fair trial.  The justices unanimously ruled 5th District Judge James Shumate should not have rejected a defense request to instruct jurors that in order to convict, they must find that in performing a marriage Jeffs knew unwanted sex would take place and intended for a rape to occur.  The decision was a blow to Wall.  "It's a lot more than just closure for me. I want to know a difference was made. I want to know that potentially even one young girl was saved," said Wall.  If prosecutors decide not to retry Jeffs, Wall said it will be disappointing, but she won't blame them.  "The only person who really betrayed me is Warren and that's who will be held accountable."     See photo
 
 
 
Possible plea deal in FLDS rape case
Ben Winslow
Utah News
Fox13Now.com
KSTU-TV
Originally broadcast February 17, 2011

ST. GEORGE Fox 13 News has learned of a possible plea deal could be in the works for a man charged in the aftermath of the criminal prosecution of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.  A resolution hearing has been scheduled for Friday morning in the case against Allen Steed.  Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap refused to discuss any deal when contacted by Fox 13.  A scheduling conference was held in the case on Thursday, when the resolution hearing was then scheduled.  A message left for Steed's attorney was not immediately returned on Thursday.  An attorney representing the alleged victim in the case, Elissa Wall, also declined to discuss any plea deal or its terms, but told Fox 13 that "she is fine with it."  Steed was charged in the aftermath of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs' initial conviction on charges of rape as an accomplice.  Jeffs was accused of performing the marriage ceremony between the then-19-year-old Steed and his 14-year-old bride, Elissa Wall.  After the jury convicted Jeffs, Steed was charged with a first-degree felony rape.  Jeffs' criminal conviction was overturned by the Utah Supreme Court over issues of jury instructions and the criminal charges leveled against him.  That raised questions about whether or not prosecutors could continue pursuing their case against Steed.  Jeffs is currently facing bigamy and child sex assault charges in Texas.
 
 
Plea agreement could resolve FLDS man's rape case
Associated Press
KSWT-TV - Yuma, Arizona
Originally published February 18, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A plea deal could be in the works for the southern Utah man whose "spiritual marriage" to an underage girl was the basis for Utah's criminal prosecution of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.  Defense attorney Jim Bradshaw says he's been in discussions with Washington County prosecutors about a plea agreement for Allen Glade Steed.  Steed is scheduled for a resolution hearing Friday before 5th District Court Judge G. Rand Beacham in St. George.  Steed was charged with rape in 2007, one day after a jury convicted Jeffs of 2 counts of rape as an accomplice.  Both cases stemmed from Steed's 2001 marriage to his 14-year-old cousin.  The Utah Supreme Court overturned Jeffs' convictions last year.  Steed is a member of Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
 
 
Guilty plea ends Wall's 'difficult journey'
By Tiffany De Masters
The Spectrum
Originally published February 18, 2011

ST. GEORGE Elissa Wall stood confident today outside 5th District Court in St. George.  After 10 years of waiting, a resolution has finally ended her nightmare.  A victim of marriage as a minor in the FLDS faith, Wall watched her ex-husband and cousin, Allen Steed, plea guilty to solemnizing of a prohibited marriage and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, which is a plea in abeyance.  Both are third-degree felonies.  "Today marks the end of a long and difficult journey for me," she said.  "It (Steed case) was the final piece to this chapter and I can close it."  Wall was married to Steed, 29, when she was 14 years old.  Former polygamist leader Warren Jeffs reportedly married the two and was convicted in 2007 on rape as an accomplice.  That conviction since has been overturned.  He now is scheduled to stand trial on sexual assault charges and bigamy in Texas.  Brock Belnap, Washington County attorney said the case against Jeffs in Utah is still ongoing.  Belnap said he thought the resolution was a balance of justice and mercy.  "It's a testament to Elissa's compassion," he said.  "There was a recognition between the control Jeffs had over Steed."  Wall agreed.  "In many ways Allen (Steed) is a victim as well," she said.  "He's a product of his environment."  Wall said the FLDS community would never understand the scars she has on her life.  "My story is one of many," she said.  "The society condoned and promoted what happened to me."     Read more
 
Read the Plea Agreement, Plea in Abeyance Agreement, Statement of Defendant in Support of Guilty Pleas regarding Allen Steed's rape of Elissa Wall, filed February 18, 2011
 
 
Plea deal in FLDS rape case
Ben Winslow
Utah News
Fox13Now.com
KSTU-TV
Originally broadcast February 18, 2011

ST GEORGE, Utah A man charged in the aftermath of the criminal prosecution of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has struck a plea deal.  Allen Glade Steed, 29, pleaded guilty on Friday to a pair of third-degree felonies: solemnizing a prohibited marriage ceremony and unlawful sex with a minor.  In exchange, prosecutors dropped a first-degree felony rape charge.  Steed was sentenced immediately after pleading guilty to 30 days in the Purgatory Jail and three years probation.  At age 19, Steed married then 14-year-old Elissa Wall in a ceremony presided over by Jeffs, who went on to become the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Wall ultimately left the marriage and later went to authorities, who prosecuted Jeffs for rape as an accomplice.  "Today marks the end of a long, difficult journey for me," Wall told the judge.  Steed looked at her and smiled slightly as she spoke.  "Allen is a victim of Warren Jeffs," she said.  "He's a product of his environment."  Fifth District Judge G. Rand Beacham told Steed to report to the jail by Monday.  He also ordered him to get into therapy.  The terms of his plea deal allow for the unlawful sex with a minor charge to be dismissed in three years if he commits no other violations of the law.  That would also keep him off the sex offender registry.  "It's a fair resolution that really works for all parties including the victim," said Steed's attorney, Jim Bradshaw.  "It works for Mr. Steed."  Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap called the guilty plea both "mercy and justice."  "Allen wouldn't have been in this relationship if it weren't for Warren Jeffs," Belnap said.  Bradshaw said as another part of the settlement, Steed was dismissing a lawsuit he had filed against his ex-wife.  Wall, however, told Fox 13 outside of court she would not dismiss her multi-million dollar lawsuit against Jeffs and the FLDS Church over her marriage.     Read more
 
 
Plea agreement resolves Utah man's rape case
Associated Press
Texarkana Gazette
Originally published February 19, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY A Utah man loyal to polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs resolved a rape charge by pleading guilty Friday to lesser crimes in exchange for a sentence of 30 days in jail and probation.  Allen Glade Steed, 29, entered the plea to two, third-degree felonies participating in an illegal marriage and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.  Each charge carries a possible penalty of up to five years in prison.  But in a deal with prosecutors, Steed will serve just 30 days in the Washington County Jail and three years of probation.  Steed could have spent the rest of his life in prison if convicted of rape.  "I think it's a good resolution for Allen and for everyone involved," defense attorney Jim Bradshaw told The Associated Press.  "He's really relieved to put it behind him and move on with his life."  Steed, a member of Jeff's church, was charged with first-degree felony rape in September 2007 a day after a jury found Jeffs guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in Steed's marriage to Elissa Wall.  Steed was 19 and Wall just 14 when their marriage was arranged by leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  In court Friday, Wall said the plea agreement marked the end of a long and difficult journey for her.  "I am only one of many who was injured by Warren Jeffs and the FLDS community," Wall said.  "I realize Allen is a victim too of Warren Jeffs and is a product of his environment."  The Associated Press does not typically name victims of alleged sexual assault, but Wall has frequently spoken publicly about the case and published a book about her experiences.  Steed was granted a plea in abeyance on the unlawful sex charge, meaning it will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation, and he wouldn't be required to register as a sex offender.  Fifth District Court Judge G. Rand Beacham, ordered Steed to report Monday to Washington County's Purgatory Correctional Facility.     Read more
 
 
 
 
Jeffs' Utah accuser speaks out on eve of Texas trial
Reported by: Brent Hunsaker
ABC 4 News
Originally broadcast July 27, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - As the Texas trial of polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs begins in earnest, ABC 4 News sat down with the woman who was at the center of Jeffs' Utah trial.  Elissa Wall was was Jeffs' accuser.  His victim.  She claimed that at 14 years of age, she was forced by Jeffs into marriage with her adult, first cousin.  By doing that and more, Utah prosecutors charged Jeffs with being an accomplice to her rape.  In the fall of 2007, A St. George jury agreed with Elissa, finding Warren Jeffs guilty on two felony counts.  But her elation over the verdict turned to despair when the Utah Supreme Court last year threw out the jury's verdict and ordered a new trial.  The reason boiled down to this: an error in the judge's instructions to the jury on the issue of "consent."  A technicality.  "My experience has definitely given me a brutal reality check," Elissa Wall told ABC 4.  "It's been tough. There have been times where ... I questioned myself. I questioned the entire situation. I questioned my decisions. But at the end of the day I am confident. I did everything in my power to fight for myself."  As a young girl growing up in the FLDS polygamous group, Elissa was taught Warren Jeffs was more than a prophet.  She believed he was like God, that he could do and say no wrong.  To go against that belief was to destroy the foundation of her life.  "When it comes to Warren, I'm grateful that my foundation was shattered -- my view of him. I am grateful I am able to look at him and know without a shadow of a doubt that he is a mortal man who has done heinous things."     Read more
 
 
 
 
 
Annual book festival returning beginning Wednesday
For Where It's @
The Spectrum
Originally published October 21, 2011

ST. GEORGE - The Sixth-Annual St. George Book Festival returns to Southern Utah beginning Wednesday through Oct. 29, with various scheduled events taking place at the St. George Tabernacle, the main campus of the Washington County Library, and the Community Arts Building.  This year's festival promises to be an opportunity for readers of all ages to become energized for reading, along with the chance to mingle with a number of authors and share ideas.  The festival gets under way on Wednesday with a presentation by author Gerald Lund at the St. George Tabernacle at 7 p.m.  Then on Thursday, the Washington County Library will present photographer Ann Torrence, who will discuss her new book "US Highway 89: the Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks," a collection of photographs she took as she traveled more than 15,000 miles of between the Mexico and Canadian borders researching the myths and realities of the American West that can be found on that long and winding highway.  The Washington County Library will be the scene for a pair of cinematic presentations on Oct. 28, beginning at 4 p.m., with a children/youth screening of the movie "Huck Finn."     Read more
 
 
Former child bride tells WSU students of her escape from polygamy
By Nancy Van Valkenburg
Standard-Examiner staff
Standard-Examiner - Ogden, Utah
Originally published February 22, 2013

OGDEN Twelve years ago, 14-year-old Elissa Wall stood in a hotel room in a handmade wedding dress, and was given against her will to her first cousin in a marriage arranged by Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Eight years ago, Wall escaped from her marriage and her polygamist church, and went on to testify against Jeffs in a case that named him as an accomplice to child rape.  This week, Wall shared her story with students at Weber State University.  "I was lucky enough to be one of the few child brides who escaped," Wall said.  "It was the most excruciating and exciting thing I experienced in my life. We stood up to tyranny and to the leaders of this cult."  Jeffs was convicted of being an accomplice to the rape of Wall, but the conviction was overturned, on a technicality, she said.  Jeffs was convicted of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault of two girls, ages 12 and 15, and is serving a life sentence plus 20 years.  After Jeffs' conviction, Wall said, "I realized the next step was to free the people."  She now speaks for Holding Out HELP (http://holdingouthelp.org).  HELP stands for "Helping, Encouraging & Loving Polygamists."  Holding Out HELP was founded by Tonia Tewell, who was drawn to the cause after her pastor asked her to provide emergency shelter for a mother, a daughter and the daughter's four children, all of whom were fleeing their polygamist community.  "They got in their van, and they were driving away from their families, their religion, what they had been taught was their spiritual salvation, and everything they knew," Tewell told WSU students.     Read more
 
 
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Read the Plea Agreement, Plea in Abeyance Agreement, Statement of Defendant in Support of Guilty Pleas regarding Allen Steed's rape of Elissa Wall, filed February 18, 2011
 

 
Read Judge Beacham's Order Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss for Statute of Limitations regarding Allen Steed, filed September 9, 2010
 

 
Read Judge Beacham's Order Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss for Statute of Limitations regarding Allen Steed, filed September 9, 2010
 

 
Read Judge Beacham's Order for Supplemental Memoranda regarding Allen Steed filed March 26, 2010
 

 
Read the Ruling and Order in the M.J. (Elissa Wall) v. Warren Jeffs, the UEP Trust and Allen Steed case filed in Salt Lake City Third District Court on March 22, 2010
 

 
Read the Cross-Claim in the M.J. (Elissa Wall) v. Warren Jeffs, the UEP Trust and Allen Steed case filed in Salt Lake City Third District Court on February 3, 2010
 

 

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Read the Motion for Disclosure of Impeachment Material filed in Kingman, Arizona on November 23, 2009
 

 
Read the Verified Cross-Claim in the M.J. (Elissa Wall) v. Warren Jeffs, the UEP Trust and Allen Steed case filed November 6, 2009
 

 
Read the Washington County Sheriff Office's Investigative Interview Log regarding Elissa Wall reporting her rapes by Allen Steed
 

 
Read the Motion to Dismiss for Statute of Limitations and Memorandum in Support regarding Allen Steed filed August 13, 2009
 

 
Read the Elissa Wall Objection to Settlement Proposal regarding the UEP Trust filed June 30, 2009
 

 
Read Elissa Wall's UEP Settlement Proposal Limited to the MJ Action filed June 2, 2009
 

 
See photographs from Behind the Scenes With 'What Would You Do?' taken during the filming of the ABC News Primetime show Forced Into Polygamy in Public broadcast on March 17, 2009
 

 
Read the June 2008 Declaration of Jane Blackmore regarding delivering babies to underage girls in the FLDS
 

 
Susan Spencer takes a closer look at jailed FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.
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Watch Ellisa's interview with The Associated Press May 19, 2008
 

 
Read the CFUW BC Council Newsletter FOR THE RECORD Winter 2008
 

 
See the photos of Elissa Wall and Allen Steed after their "marriage" from the trials's Evidence - 1 Black Photo Binder released September 25, 2007
 

 
Read the "M.J." Settlement Agreement with the UEP Trust presented to Bruce Wisan on May 17, 2007 and publically released on September 21, 2007
 

 
Watch Mike Watkiss' story on Elissa Wall

 

 
Read the Elissa Wall health record performed by midwife Jane Blackmore on August 25, 2002
 
 
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