Jailed FLDS leader Warren Jeffs files handwritten motion asking for new trial on sexual assault case
On September 8, 2011 At 8:24 am
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Warren Jeff's motion for a retrial rests on his claim of violation of his religious freedom. Jeff's one-page motion, according to reports, was written in archaic biblical jargon-ridden style which he used in his trial speeches after he had fired his team of high-profile attorneys. The motion was filed on Friday afternoon and part of it read in a rambling tone:
The Constitutional protection for religious faith and freedom of practice not being of full protection in previous trial … is legal grounds sufficient to rule in favor of defendant allowed a new trial …
In his motion, Jeffs asked for a fresh hearing on claims of suppression of evidence gathered in the 2008 raid on his Eldorado, Texas ranch.
According to the Texas rules of procedure in appellate trial Jeffs has 30 days in which to file a motion for a new trial and court is allowed 75 days to rule on his motion for fresh trial.
Warren Jeffs, during his trial, had repeatedly objected to the proceedings, complaining that it violated his freedom of religion.
Warren Jeffs was recently hospitalized after suffering side-effects of a fast. But he had fully stabilized in hospital by the time he wrote and filed the motion.