FLDS want more concessions

Dear Network:

(See the last three paragraphs of this article) To put it as candidly as I can, I am wondering where is the police protection for the witnesses who have been brave enough to have their affidavits put on OPEN record? We have seen Arizona capitulate in the process of prosecuting these allegedly religiously sanctioned pedophiles, Utah capitulate—and now Canada? NO! NO! NO!

Well, I’ve had derogatory remarks made about me on a number of FLDS websites! I have at least 3,000 attacks per security report on my computer! I have a message for all the FLDS; and, every other cowardly Mormon Polygamy group:

If you wish to harm me in any way, you know where to find me. You hi-jack every court process by making personal threats; and, by claiming discrimination and persecution—when it is you, you, who commit your crimes against humanity! You are worse than the Taliban. You are the Taliban of North America!

If you harm even one hair of any of our witnesses, I shall personally have you hunted down—no stone will be left unturned until you are brought to justice!  Leave our witnesses alone!

Nancy Mereska, President
Stop Polygamy in Canada

FLDS lawyer seeks to block cop’s affidavit as polygamy trial nears

BY DAPHNE BRAHAM, POSTMEDIA NEWS NOVEMBER 5, 2010

VANCOUVER — Fundamentalist Mormons have already won the right to testify anonymously and behind screens in the British Columbia court case that will determine whether Canada’s anti-polygamy laws violate the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.

On Friday, they asked for much more.

The lawyer for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints asked the B.C. Supreme Court’s chief justice not to allow an affidavit by RCMP Sgt. Terry Jacklin — who led the two-year investigation into the community of Bountiful, B.C.

Lawyer Robert Wickett also asked Chief Justice Robert Bauman to limit cross-examination of Bountiful Bishop James Oler and Bountiful elementary-secondary school principal Merrill Palmer to only the substance of their affidavits.

In Oler’s case, the lawyer wants questions limited to only FLDS beliefs and practices, while Palmer’s cross-examination would be limited to the history and operation of the government-funded school.

Even though both Oler and Palmer waived their rights to anonymity, Wickett says they should not have to answer questions of a personal nature, such as how many wives they have or how old they were when they married.

Both men are known to be polygamists, although Palmer has never been charged. Oler was charged in 2009 with one count of polygamy, and two female names were listed on his indictment. The charge was eventually stayed.

Craig Jones, the lawyer for the B.C. attorney general, strongly opposed the FLDS request.

To counter some of the statements in Oler’s and Palmer’s affidavits, as well as some in an affidavit by expert witness Angela Campbell — whose conclusions are based on interviews with unidentified women in Bountiful — the B.C. attorney-general’s ministry wants to file an affidavit from Jacklin.

Quoting from the RCMP officer’s affidavit, Jones noted a string of marriages involving teenage girls.

He claims that in 1982, a 25-year-old bishop married a 15-year-old girl. In 1991, a 35-year-old bishop married a 16-year-old, who had a child that same year. Two years later, a bishop married a 15-year-old.

And in 1994 and 1997, a bishop’s brides were 17. Finally, in 1999, a 42-year-old bishop had two brides, both aged 15.

“Yet this doesn’t trigger any concern among FLDS officials, or Oler, or the principal of the school,” Jones said. “We say that these are episodes of criminal behaviour.

“Can you imagine anywhere else in the rational universe where a 15-year-old is pregnant by a 50-year-old, and the bishop and the school principal don’t report it? At the very least, it is a gross abdication of an educator’s responsibility.”

In their affidavits, Oler contends that any criminal activity in Bountiful is quickly reported to police, while Palmer says the education of children is paramount.

Jones rejected a suggestion from Wickett that Jacklin’s affidavit is hearsay, noting that everything in it is backed by official documents, including birth certificates signed by the fathers, all of which he would be happy to file as evidence in court.

The B.C. judge has reserved his decision.

If the chief justice rules in favour of the FLDS motion, Jones said Oler and Palmer will never have to answer why they never reported sexual exploitation of minors. Nor will they have to answer if they are successful in having the polygamy law struck down in court.

“We are not playing games,” Jones said. “The safety of children is on the line here.”

There is a lot at stake and it’s not only the safety of children.

Brian Samuels, the lawyer for Stop Polygamy in Canada, gave notice Friday that before the trial begins, he will be filing an application to withdraw one witness and her affidavit.

The reason? The unnamed witness has been receiving threats because of her involvement in the case.

dbramhamvancouversun.com
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by deci on November 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I know you won’t post this but hopefully you will read it. The FLDS people for the most part are good people who love their families and doing their best to survive in a world filled with bigotry and vile hatred toward them. Like so-called polyamorists, gays, swingers and other alt lifestylers, they have just as much a right to practice their lifestyle and choice of sexual partners WHETHER IT BE BASED ON RELIGION OR NOT, as you have to have more than one partner or become a swinger, this coming from an agnostic who is generally apathetic towards organized religion.

    I wish you no physical harm but wish somehow we could force you to live at YFZ Ranch for 6 months, telling the FLDS they have no choice but to take you in. I wonder how you would feel about these people at the end.
    YOU AND YOUR ILK ARE NOTHING MORE THAN BIGOTED, VILE HATEFUL TALIBAN!!!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Chatelaine on November 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Unfortunately Deci (also known as Duane) is a misogynist who describes feminists as “feminazis”

    Reply

  3. Posted by deci on November 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I have never used the term “feminazis”, not ever!! I personally do not like that name and there are some aspects of feminism that I most certainly agree with. Ironic that so many so-called feminists are claiming that fundy mormon women are “brainwashed” and “can’t think for themselves”, implying that females are psychologically weaker then males.

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  4. Posted by Chatelaine on November 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Duane,
    You most certainly have made derogatory remarks about feminists – under other aliases.
    Saying that fundamentalist Mormon women are brainwashed does not suggest that females are
    psychologically weaker than men – it simply suggests that they, like their male counterparts, are brainwashed.

    Reply

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