- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A high-ranking polygamous sect leader accused of helping orchestrate a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme says he should be let out of jail since the trial has been pushed back to October.

Lyle Jeffs’ attorney says in new court filing Thursday that her client’s constitutional rights will be violated if he’s kept behind bars until October.

The 10 other defendants have been granted supervised release pending trial.

Federal public defender Kathryn Nester says none of the other defendants have tried to flee, disproving the prosecution’s theory that none of them respect court orders due to their religious beliefs.

In April, U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart denied Jeffs’ previous request to be let out, saying Jeffs couldn’t be trusted to adhere to conditions of release because of his loyalty to his brother, imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs.



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