So for Tuesday’s paper, I wrote a column about what he had said. Later, Krakauer and I talked, and he said he made a “stupid comment” when he blamed the high court’s “close ties to the LDS Church” and the “political basis” of the judgment.
“I apologize to the justices,” he said. “That was not fair.”
But he still believes the ruling, which means a new trial for Jeffs if prosecutors decide to go that way, was a “terrible decision.”
Jeffs was convicted of forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her 19-year-old cousin. She begged Jeffs not to make her do it, and after the “spiritual” wedding, begged to be released from it. The girl, now grown, claimed her husband had raped her, which led to the charges against Jeffs and his 2007 conviction.