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With Leaders Behind Bars, What's Next For Polygamist Church?

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Lyle Jeffs brother of jailed leader the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Warren Jeffs. Lyle Jeffs is now seen as the head of the church while Warren Jeffs serves his sentence in Texas. 

It’s been a tough week for polygamist church leaders.

On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department dealt a double blow to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In Phoenix, a federal jury found that church leaders controlled municipal governments in Hilldale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., that discriminated against non-believers.

And in Salt Lake City, a federal magistrate ordered one of the top-ranking bishops, Lyle Jeffs, to remain behind bars as he awaits trial in an alleged food stamp money laundering scheme.

Salt Lake Tribune's Nate Carlisle joins KNPR to sort out some of the news and talk about what could be next for the secretive sect. 

 

Nate Carlisle, polygamy reporter, Salt Lake Tribune 

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Prior to taking on the role of Broadcast Operations Manager in January 2021, Rachel was the senior producer of KNPR's State of Nevada program for 6 years. She helped compile newscasts and provided coverage for and about the people of Southern Nevada, as well as major events such as the October 1 shooting on the Las Vegas strip, protests of racial injustice, elections and more. Rachel graduated with a bachelor's degree of journalism and mass communications from New Mexico State University.