Time for New Law: Warren Jeffs not to required to attend sentencing hearingPosted: August 8, 2011
What about a new law, call it Jeffs Law, that prohibits defendants from not attending their sentencing hearing? Granted, I have a bias having prosecuted many child molest cases, so, no, I’m not a fan of the Prophet Warren Jeffs nor anyone who uses “religion” to rape children. But, I wonder, does it seem right or fair that a defendant isn’t required to attend the sentencing hearing? He doesn’t have to hear his niece or nephew recount how he raped them at age 5 and younger. Nor, does he have to hear an audiotape of him instructing his young girl followers to “set aside their inhibition and reservations” as he gave explicit sexual instructions. How can one be “rehabilitated” if they don’t have to confront the evidence against them? If they don’t have to look at their actions? If they don’t have to hear about the pain they’ve caused the victim(s)? How can they be “remorseful” or even “accountable”? How can one “repent” when they don’t face their conduct?
The jury of 12 found that Jeffs’ “religious protections” did not excuse his rape of a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, why does it appear to excuse his attendance at his sentencing hearing? The jury, the victims, the police, and the judge are required to attend, but not the defendant. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a new law that prohibits defendants from being excused from their sentencing hearing, especially in cases involving children or sexual assault. Call it Jeff’s Law, so that we never forget how a pedophile cloaked as a Prophet committed horrendous child abuse in the name of his “religion.”
Isn’t it ironic that the very person who counseled so many to face their sins, doesn’t seem to have to face his, at least for now.
WHAT SAY YOU?