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Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs seeks new trial; cites religious freedom
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ' Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has filed a handwritten motion seeking a new Texas trial after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison on child sex assault charges.
Jeffs claims his religious freedoms were violated by the courts.
A jury in August convicted the 55-year-old leader of the Utah-based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jeffs represented himself at trial and received a life sentence plus 20-years in prison.
He's currently in a hospital after becoming sick from fasting.
The motion contends that a constitutional violation of rights is grounds for a new trial.
The document was filed Friday in the 51st District Court in Eldorado, Texas.
The Texas Attorney General's Office did not have an immediate comment on Wednesday.