SALT LAKE CITY -- New filings with the Utah Department of Commerce claim officers in Warren Jeffs' polygamous church are using intimidation tactics and lies to ensure members continue their support of the jailed leader.
The allegations are part of a declaration filed Thursday by William E. Jessop to support his challenge to Jeffs' presidency.
Jeffs is head of the southern Utah-based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jessop filed papers with the state in March to remove Jeffs as the faith's leader and take over.
Jessop's filings claim church members are being threatened with excommunication if they fail to support Jeffs.
State officials have set a May 2 deadline for resolving the dispute. The state courts could be asked to decide the issue.