Polygamist leader's diary posted to Web

Feb. 11, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Excerpts from polygamous leader Warren Jeffs's diary were posted on the Web this week after an Arizona lawyer released them by mistake, officials said.

D'Arcy M. Downs-Vollbrachtn is representing Bruce Wisan, court-appointed trustee of the United Effort Plan, which was founded by Jeffs's father. She thought she had only released sections of the diary dealing with the plan but mistakenly included 4,000 additional pages, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints, is serving a prison term in Utah for arranging a marriage for an underage girl. He faces similar charges in Arizona. Downs-Vollbracht is defending Wisan against a trespass charge in Arizona.

Bloggers who already operate two sites about the FLDS announced a new one Monday, FLDS Priesthood Records. They began posting selections from Jeffs's diary the next day.

Downs-Vollbracht, who learned of the posting from a Tribune reporter, got the records taken off the Internet and asked a judge to seal the records Wednesday. She apologized to Jeffs.

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