Polygamous Leader Court Appearance

By: AP
By: AP

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is due in a Utah court Wednesday while a lawyer who has defended other members of a polygamous sect warns it may be hard to find an unbiased jury.

Wednesday's hearing is to set future court dates, including a possible trial. Jeffs' bail status might also be discussed.

Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is accused of two felony counts for allegedly arranging a "spiritual marriage" between an underage girl and an older man.

But Lawyer Rod Parker says jury selection could prove difficult in conservative Washington County, Utah, about two hours east of Las Vegas. He says he believes sect members are perceived differently.

The polygamist sect broke away from the Mormon church more than a century ago and the church disavows the sect.

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