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FLDS Trial: Defendant Asks Judge To Overturn On Writing To Warren Jeffs

A polygamous sect member accused in a food stamp fraud case will ask a judge Thursday for permission to write letters to imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs, an act now barred by his conditions of his pretrial release.

Preston Barlow's says his monthly letters to Jeffs allow him to maintain a connection with his prophet and are essential to his eternal salvation. His attorney Scott Williams says the letters are read by prison staff and that Jeffs doesn't directly answer.

Prosecutors say the letter writing ban should remain in place because Barlow's allegiance is to Jeffs, meaning he would flee if told to by Jeffs.

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The condition prohibiting the letters was added after Barlow was arrested on suspicion of violating his pretrial release by being near two co-defendants. Defense attorneys denied the allegations and Barlow was released.