guilty before being taken to Texas for another trial for his crimes in that State.
San Angelo, Texas ē A jury was chosen Tuesday for the Warren Jeffs trial in West Texas.
After a full day of weeding down candidates from a pool of more than 200 people, 10 women and two men were picked to make up the jury, with a man and a woman as alternates.
Jeffs, 55, is charged with sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child in two alleged underage spiritual marriages, one to a girl under 17 and another to a 12-year-old. A conviction could put him prison for life.
During a contentious morning of jury selection, just under half of the more than 200 potential West Texas jurors said they had already made up their minds about the guilt or innocence of polygamous sect leader Jeffs.
The prosecution objected several times as defense attorney Deric Walpole launched into a series of long, involved questions asking the crowd of possible jurors whether they could presume Jeffs is innocent.
"If you look into your heart ... If youíre not truly presuming my client is innocent as you sit here right now ... hold your card up high. Donít be shy," Walpole said. And later, "This case has already been on trial."
I hope America finally meets its responsibility to children, all children in that country.