Partial Ruling In Fight Over Utah Polygamous Sect

By Associated Press/May 6, 2011

Salt Lake City - Utah commerce officials have reached a partial decision in the dispute over control of Warren Jeffs' southern Utah polygamous church.

Commerce officials say Thursday Jeffs will remain the president of the Corporation of the Presiding Bishop, which holds the business and property assets of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

But the agency made no decision on who is considered the president of the church, which has historically also been its prophet.

The state has extended the deadline for resolving the issue until August.

The dispute began in March when William E. Jessop sought to take control from Jeffs, who is jailed in Texas awaiting trial on bigamy and sexual assault charges.

A court could ultimately decide the issue.

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