Jeffs witness asks for a TV crew at interview

KINGMAN - Attorneys for Warren Jeffs have filed another motion to depose Flora Jessop, a critic of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Jessop was supposed to be interviewed by Jeffs' attorneys, Richard Wright and Michael Piccarreta, and Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith on Nov. 24.

According to court documents, the interview was cancelled after Jessop showed up with a camera crew and reporter Mike Watkiss from KTVK Channel 3 news in Phoenix.

Jessop apparently insisted that a news crew of her choosing film the interview or she would not submit to it.

"Ms. Jessop's publicity stunt is clearly an unacceptable condition to her interview," Wright and Piccarreta stated in their motion. Her actions also violated the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure, which state that information from pretrial discovery interviews are not to be disclosed to the public.

"Apparently, it is Ms. Jessop's desire to turn her interview into 'The Jerry Springer Show' and hopefully appear on Phoenix and national TV," Wright and Piccarreta wrote in their motion.

The two attorneys stated that they would accommodate a request from Jessop to videotape the interview as a memento for the witness.

Wright and Piccarreta then requested that Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn ordered a deposition with Jessop at a time and place convenient to all parties and "without the attendance of television cameras and reporters."

Jeffs' two attorneys requested that the dates of the depositions of three Texas law enforcement officers be moved from Dec. 16 and 17 to Dec. 18 and 19.

Conn has yet to rule on the motions.