High court to hear lawsuit filed by former 14-year-old bride, Associated Press

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a woman who says polygamous leader Warren Jeffs forced her to marry her cousin when she was 14.

Elissa Wall is seeking as much as $40 million in damages from the communal property trust of the church group led by Jeffs. The fund is now controlled by the state.

Her testimony against Jeffs helped convict him in 2007 of being an accomplice to her rape in Utah. The verdict was later overturned on a technicality.

Trust lawyers want the high court to toss Wall’s suit, saying she came to a secret agreement with her former husband Allen Steed to help win money from the trust.

Steed previously testified that his sexual relationship with Wall wasn’t forced.

Under the agreement, however, Steed said he would not dispute Wall’s claims if she would back a 30-day sentence in a plea deal that resolved the rape case against him.

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