Imprisoned sect leader Jeffs seeks new Texas trail

September 7, 2011 - 1:20 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has filed a handwritten motion seeking a new Texas trial after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison on child sex assault charges.

Jeffs claims his religious freedoms were violated by the courts.

A jury in August convicted the 55-year-old leader of the Utah-based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jeffs represented himself at trial and received a life sentence plus 20-years in prison.

He's currently in a hospital after becoming sick from fasting.

The motion contends that a constitutional violation of rights is grounds for a new trial.

The document was filed Friday in the 51st District Court in Eldorado, Texas.

The Texas Attorney General's Office did not have an immediate comment on Wednesday.