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Jeffs' Lawyers Put Church Members on Stand

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Jeffs' Lawyers Put Church Members on Stand

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Jeffs' Lawyers Put Church Members on Stand

Jeffs' Lawyers Put Church Members on Stand

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The prosecution has rested in the trial of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Now it's Jeff's turn to defend himself against allegations of forcing a 14-year-old girl into marriage and sex with her older cousin. He has been charged with two counts of accessory to rape.

Jeffs' attorneys opened their defense putting several young sect members on the stand — offering an inside look in the polygamist church and described Jeffs' as a compassionate and fair leader.