Judge denies Nuwaubian leader's request
for new trial
The Associated Press/August 17, 2004
Macon, Ga. -- A federal judge has denied a request for a new
trial by the leader of a quasi-religious sect convicted of child
molestation and racketeering.
Malachi York, head of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, has
been serving a 135-year sentence since his January conviction on
charges he regularly molested children and manipulated the sect's
finances from 1998 to 2000, when federal agents raided their
Putnam County compound.
U.S. District Court Judge Ashley Royal held a hearing Friday on
York's request, after a key government witness said she lied
during the trial and that she was not molested by York.
But during the hearing, 28-year-old Habiybah Washington
ultimately stood by her testimony, saying she only tried to recant
because she felt sorry for York.
The judge issued his decision Monday.
York, 58, still awaits sentencing in Putnam County Superior
Court, after he pleaded guilty in January 2003 to 77 counts of
child molestation, aggravated child molestation and exploitation