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Amnesty sought for those leaving polygamist community

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Currently, about canada goose coats six people a year leave Bountiful and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose prophet, Warren Jeffs, continues to predict the end of the world and has ordered his followers not to have sex within marriage or even marry as long as he pop over here Canada Goose UK is in a Texas jail where he is serving sentence of life plus 25 years for sexually abusing canada goose uk outlet under aged girls, according to Esther Palmer.

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canada goose coats Oler was also charged with the unlawful removal of a child for illegal purposes along with Winston older brother, Brandon James Blackmore, and one of Brandon wives, Emily Ruth Gail Blackmore. Oler was acquitted, but the Crown is appealing. The Blackmores were found guilty. Brandon is serving his one year jail term, while Gail is out pending her appeal, which will be heard along with Oler on June 20 and 21. canada goose coats

Gail Blackmore conviction has heightened anxiety among FLDS women since she is the first woman ever arrested on polygamy related charges.

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