as reported in The Herald newspaper Sat 15 Sep:
Warren Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a breakaway Mormon clan (I didn’t know the mormons had breakaway clans, and its a bit scary that even mormons have gone fundie) has been charged as an accomplice to rape after arranging the marriage between a 14 year old girl and her 19 year old cousin.
He had told the girl that “it was her religious duty to give herself ‘mind, body and soul’ to her husband”
Surprisingly Jeffs isn’t also being charged with polygamy.
Not surprisingly, it is expected his defence lawyers are going to argue he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs.