Warren Jeffs appeal dismissed by Texas court

Posted at 1:03 PM, Mar 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-29 15:03:11-04

AUSTIN — An appeal filed by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been dismissed by a Texas court, who ruled he did nothing to advance the case.

Jeffs was convicted of child sex assault, accused of taking underage girls as polygamous wives. He was convicted of marrying a 12-year-old, as well as fathering a child with a 15-year-old. Jeffs was sentenced to life, plus 20 years in prison.

The Fundamentalist LDS Church leader appealed his conviction, but in a ruling released on Thursday, the Third Court of Appeals in Texas ruled that he did not respond to requests for more information.

“We informed Jeffs that his appeal may be dismissed for want of prosecution if he did not make arrangements for payment of the record and submit a status report regarding this appeal on or before January 23, 2012. To date, Jeffs has not responded to this Court’s notice, and the clerk’s record has not been filed,” the ruling stated.

Court records show that Jeffs sent a number of “revelations” to the justices but no actual legal appeal. FLDS faithful have flooded politicians nationwide with his predictions of apocalyptic doom unless he is released from prison.