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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Slick Meets Husband of Elissa Wall

While Slick was signing books last Sunday, May 18, at Borders McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, a pleasant young man by the name of Lamont Barlow (pictured at right with Slick) came up and asked Slick to sign Thief for him. During the course of their conversation, it came out that the young man was on his way to appear with his wife, Elissa Wall, on Larry King Live to promote her book: Stolen Innocence.

On the show, the couple would answer questions about Elissa Wall's painful life as a member of the polygamous sect, part of the church of the Latter Day Saints, and her subsequent testimony that put LDS leader Warren Jeffs in prison. Jeffs forced Elissa to marry her first cousin when she was only 14.
If this isn't TRUE CRIME, I don't know what is!

The following excerpt is from ABC News Website

Wall is also pursuing a civil case against Warren Jeffs. She said if she's awarded any money, she will start an organization and safe houses to help other girls escape polygamy.

...U.S. polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was convicted of being an accomplice to rape for arranging a marriage between an unwilling 14-year-old girl, Walls, and her 19-year-old first cousin, Allen Steed. Jeffs faces five years to life in prison for each of the two felony charges of accomplice to rape. Steed was charged with rape in an arranged marriage to his 14-year-old cousin was released on bail Thursday.

"My goal is to give young girls and women the opportunity I didn't have as a 14-year-old girl forced into that position," Wall said. "I would love to create a fund and a way for young girls who want to make different choices to be able to make that possible for them because it's extremely hard to make that step."

[Lamont] Barlow said Jeffs should spend the rest of his life in jail. "I think if he was to receive one month in jail for every family he destroyed, and I mean a family unit, I think he would spend the rest of his life in jail," Barlow said. "I don't want to come across as vindictive and hateful, but there are a lot of people who have been extremely displaced and harmed by this man."


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