Utah lawmakers trash, give away mail from Warren Jeffs

Tuesday , July 22, 2014 - 2:12 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — More letters from Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect, have streamed into the mailboxes of Utah legislators in recent months.

Lawmakers say they don’t know why there’s been an uptick. The letters from Jeffs call for repentance and arrive via mail, sometimes bound in hardcover.

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, a Republican from Sandy, says most legislators toss the letters without reading them.

Woods Cross Republican Sen. Todd Weiler says he gives the mailings to Capitol visitors as souvenirs and once sent the book on to a GOP auction.

Jeffs is in prison in Texas, where he is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered brides.

Members of his church, a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

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