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“A Texas judge will hear opening motions in the trial of Warren Jeffs,” reports ABC News, ” just as the woman who was the first to bring charges against the polygamist sect leader comes forward to say this trial will open the world’s eyes to the insular, polygamist world of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), the offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that Jeffs leads.”

“It will shock the world, the evidence that comes out,” Elissa Wall said today on “Good Morning America.”

The ABC report continues:

Wall was one of the first of Jeffs’ followers to pursue criminal charges against him when, as a 14-year-old, she said Jeffs, 55, forced her to marry her 19-year-old first cousin, Allen Steed.

“Warren Jeffs was a principal in my school and he also cultured a lot of the views of the religion I grew up in,” Wall, now in her early 20s and married with two children, said today on “GMA.”

After leaving the FLDS, she pursued criminal charges against Steed for sexual assault and against Jeffs for being an accomplice to rape. Jeffs was convicted on those charges in 2007 but the conviction was overturned by an appellate court on a technicality.

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