Texas: A polygamist sect leader convicted of child sexual assault walked out of his sentencing hearing in protest Friday, after reading a statement he claimed was from God. The statement promised a "whirlwind of judgment" on the world if God's "humble servant" wasn't set free.
Jeffs is the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, one of the largest fundamental Mormon denominations. FLDS members see Jeffs as a prophet who is God's spokesman on Earth.
The FLDS Church follows some of the original Mormon doctrine including plural marriage, which states that a man having multiple wives is ordained by God; the doctrine requires it in order for a man to receive the highest form of salvation.