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Steed Immunity 052914

Steed Immunity 052914

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The state of Utah is offering immunity to Alan Steed, who took Elissa Wall as his wife when she was 14 and he was 21.
The state of Utah is offering immunity to Alan Steed, who took Elissa Wall as his wife when she was 14 and he was 21.

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Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune on May 30, 2014
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JONI J. JONES (7562) DAVID N. WOLF (6688) Assistant Utah Attorneys General SEAN D. REYES (7969) Utah Attorney General 160 East 300 South, Sixth Floor P.O. Box 140856 Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0856 Telephone: (801) 366-0100 Facsimile: (801) 366-0101 E-mail:  jonijones@utah.gov  E-mail: dnwolf@utah.gov  IN THE THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF SALT LAKE COUNTY STATE OF UTAH M. J. aka ELISSA WALL, Plaintiff, v. WARREN JEFFS, THE FUNDAMENTALIST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, formerly known in part as The Work or The Priesthood Work and also known as the CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FUNDAMENTALIST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, THE CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDING BISHOP OF THE FUNDAMENTALIST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, THE UNITED EFFORT PLAN TRUST, and DOES 1 THROUGH 20, Defendants.
UTAH
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 MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO INTERVENE
 Civil No. 070916524 Judge Keith A. Kelly
 
 Pursuant to Utah R. Civ. P. 7(c)(1) and 24(a) and (b), the Utah Attorney General
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, through counsel, hereby submits this Memorandum in Support of his Motion to Intervene.
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INTRODUCTION
The Attorney General seeks to intervene in this case for the limited purpose of conducting discovery to uncover the purpose of the settlement agreement entered into between Plaintiff, Elissa W
            
abusing and raping her when she was a child. The settlement agreement between Wall and Steed raises concerns that they may be conspiring to defraud the Trust. The Attorney General only recently learned of the existence of this settlement agreement and, thus, his motion is timely.
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reopening discovery and continuing the trial date, the Attorney G
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n discovery will not delay the proceedings or prejudice Wall. And, the Attorney General is uniquely situated to assist the Trust and the Court in discovering the truth in this matter. While Wall has denied claims of a conspiracy to defraud, Steed has refused to answer questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Unlike the Fiduciary, it is within the Attorney G
   
t immunity from  prosecution to Steed or others who may have knowledge about the settlement agreement, but have concerns that they may incriminate themselves by disclosing such knowledge. With a grant of immunity, individuals with knowledge of the settlement agreement would no longer need the  protections afforded by the Fifth Amendment and, thus, the truth about the purpose of the settlement agreement may be discovered.
 
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FACTS
1.
 
On May 26, 2005, the Utah Attorney General filed a petition in the Third District Court in and for Salt Lake County, State of Utah, seeking the removal of the then current trustees
            
2.
 
In its petition, the Attorney General also asked for the appointment of a Special Fiduciary to protect the assets of the UEP Trust. 3.
 
On June 22, 2005, the court granted the
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a Special Fiduciary to protect the assets of the UEP Trust. 4.
 
On October 25, 2006, Judge Denise Lindberg reformed the UEP Trust. 5.
 
Over the past eight years, the UEP Trust has been inundated with litigation. 6.
 
Included among the litigation that has been brought against the Trust are
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claims that are before this Court. 7.
 
Wall has alleged,
in 
r alia 
, that Warren Jeffs, a former trustee for the UEP Trust, used the Trust to facilitate crimes of sexual abuse and statutory rape. 8.
 
Wall seeks to hold the Trust responsible for the wrongful acts of the former trustees. 9.
 
On May 15, 2014, the Fiduciary provided the Attorney General with a copy of a settlement agreement entered into between Wall and Steed. 10.
 
The Settlement Agreement contains a confidentiality provision, whereby Wall and Steed agreed
that the terms of [the Settlement] Agreement shall be held in confidence and not disclosed to any individuals other than [Wall and Steed], their attorneys or any court of

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