|Published:||Jul 27, 2010 11:32 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 27, 2010 8:05 PM EDT|
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Utah Supreme Court reversed the conviction of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.
Tuesday's ruling overturned the two felony charges of rape as an accomplice. Jeffs was serving two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison.
The justices ruled that the jury received incorrect instructions before considering his role in the 2001 wedding of a 14 year-old girl to her 19 year-old cousin.
"Mr. Jeffs should have never been charged with being an accomplice to rape," his lawyer, Walter Bugden said.
"You hear a lot about the rule of law, we're governed by the rule of law, but the reality is emotion and sympathy and those sorts of things to creep into the law."
"This is a case where the Constitution really prevailed, where the Supreme Court pointed out and they specifically said in their introduction that the Constitution of the US applies to Warren Jeffs and to all citizens. The Constitution is there to protect all citizens."
The case will go back to the lower courts.