Allen Steed will Proceed to Trial
UPDATE: I have read around some of the child abuse supporter blogs, and for some crazy reason they are spinning this as a defeat for the State of Utah — even though Utah won and Steed lost. They’re also betting that the State is going to drop the charges now that they successfully defeated Steed’s motion to dismiss (HUH??).
Let’s think this through. The State of Utah just spent who-knows-how-much money to defeat Steed’s motion to dismiss, likely because they want to proceed to trial as opposed to harboring a secret desire to dismiss the case. Warren’s charges have been overturned, and Utah has plenty of time to decide whether they want to retry Warren after the Texas trials. In the meantime, if they bring Steed to trial — whether or not he is convicted — Utah can compel Steed to testify against Warren when they bring him to trial because Steed will not be able to rely on a 5th Amendment privilege against self incrimination after he has been tried. See how nicely that fits together? I don’t think Utah will dismiss these charges. Elissa didn’t seem all that cheery about Warren’s charges being overturned, and she was not out lobbying Utah to dismiss his case. Steed is the man who allegedly raped Elissa and changed her life forever. He is suing her for defamation and using that case to conduct numerous fishing expeditions to benefit Warren and the FLDS church — Steed is her enemy in multiple venues — I’m sure Elissa wants him prosecuted and sentenced, and I’m sure she is aware of the impact Steed’s trial will have on Warren’s eventual retrial as well. Who wants to bet?