Connie Reese of http://www.polygamyisabuse.com has written the following email to fight the impending appointment of Judge David Nuffer to Federal District Judge: (Janet Johanson, mentioned in the email, has given me permission to use her name.)
This is a copy of the email I’ve sent to Hutchison and Cornyn. Following up with phone calls.
Subject: Please oppose the nomination of David Nuffer for federal judgeship in Utah
David O. Nuffer has helped facilitate the de facto decriminalization of
In particular, the nomination of David Nuffer brings up these concerns:
1. In his responses to the Judiciary Committee questionnaire, David Nuffer omitted the fact that he served as Municipal Attorney for Colorado City, AZ — the home not only of the FLDS but the Centennial Park group, the Apostolic United Brethren and the Kingston group, all of whom are Mormon Fundamentalist polygamists — for at least 10 years. I have a copy of his official 2001 resume, listing that he had held this position since 1991. All law enforcement in Colorado City at that time was completely controlled by the FLDS, and one of the area judges, open about his polygamous lifestyle, was eventually unseated. Nuffer was very much aware of these problems but did nothing — and then did not disclose this affiliation to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
2. In his responses, Magistrate Nuffer listed In the Matter of the Adoption of W.A.T. as one of the top 10 cases he handled as attorney of record. In that case he successfully advocated that a polygamous family (FLDS) be allowed to adopt six children over the objection of their biological relatives. Of these children, none graduated from high school; one was abused and became a “lost boy”; two girls were placed in plural marriages with older men; and in 2005 the oldest adopted child (W.A.T., Wayne Alan Thornton Fischer) gave his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Brenda Lei Fischer, as a bride to Warren Jeffs. This young child was among those raped and impregnated by Jeffs in the YFZ Temple in Eldorado.
According to Janet Johanson, one of the aunts who tried to block the adoption of her sister’s children, the FLDS paid David Nuffer’s firm $600,000 to handle the adoption and shortly thereafter he was made the Municipal Attorney for Colorado City.
Please, please take a stand in opposition to the nomination of David Nuffer.
And, I have a question: If a judge in Texas can be suspended, rightfully so, for beating his handicapped daughter over a period of years, how is it that a man whose actions led to the rape of a 12-year-old be nominated for a Federal District Judicial position?
This is truly an eleventh hour campaign, but emails and faxes run 24/7!
Nancy Mereska, President
Stop Polygamy in Canada