The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the twin cities in Short Creek, alleging police misconduct. Anyone who has been there knows the town Marshall's are simply the enforcement arm of the church and referring to the Marshall's as "police officers" is a disgrace to the profession. Of all the stories on the DOJ's action that have come up, I think Brent Hunsaker on ABC4 gave the most passionate and certainly the most accurate as far as the Utah Attorney General's involvement. It becomes tedious to hear Mark Shurtleff, the Utah AG, jump on the band wagon everytime something like this comes up. As the chief law enforcement officer in the state, the Utah Attorney General should be ashamed of the way he has handled the abuses taking place in Short Creek, and for his shameless way of taking credit for the hard work and tenacity of others, as if he had something to do with it. In fact, in most instances involving real progress in cleaning up the criminal activity within the FLDS church, Shurtleff's efforts have been counterproductive. Take for instance, the closed door meetings he set up with Willie Jessop, Wendell Neilsen, and Merril Jessop, in order to place the UEP trust back into the hands of Warren Jeffs, a pedophile who was wanted in Utah, Arizona and Texas. The terms of the back door sweetheart deal included compelling all the non-FLDS citizens of Short Creek to move to an undeveloped plot of land on the otherside of the higyway, so that the twin cities would stay a pure priesthood town. I was incredulous when I heard the story, and that the AG would condone what would be in essence a refugee camp just outside of town. Mark Shurtleff is one of those guys that is kind of hard not to like; however, he is also a politician whose loyalties are negotiable.
Word is that Warren Jeffs has come out with a new priesthood ordinance which would essentially give the power to procreate to 15 men. The act itself would be witnessed and approved by a group of high priests. All other men will be reduced to the status of caretaker. There seems to be conflicting reports, but one thing is for sure. The FLDS have not denied it, they simply aren't talking.
As a Private Investigator, I don't have the luxury of believing one side or the other, I simply analyze the available evidence and try to make an educated guess as to where the truth lies. So far, the scales are tipping towards the possibility that Warren has appointed 15 men to carry out this new ordinance. The women (or girls) involved would be allowed to pick one of these men with which to conceive children with. Sources say that this ordinance must be approved by Warren and witnessed by the appropriate priesthood authority. For a multitude of reasons, my inclination is to believe these reports coming out of Short Creek. I will list my reasons later on, but I am interested in hearing what other's believe about this story, and why?