Trial For Sect Leader Moves To Brunswick
Pretrial Publicity Cited In Change
Associated Press/October 30, 2003
Macon, Ga. -- The child molestation trial of Nuwaubian Nation
leader Malachi York will be moved to Brunswick because of pretrial
publicity, a federal judge announced.
U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal ruled Wednesday that the
amount of media coverage in the Macon and Atlanta areas would make
it difficult to find an unbiased jury in those areas.
York is the leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a
religious sect that moved from New York to a 476-acre farm in
Putnam County in 1993.
On May 8, 2002, York, 58, was arrested and charged with both
state and federal child sex crimes.
He pleaded guilty to 74 counts of child molestation and other
He also pleaded guilty to one federal count of transporting
children across state lines for sexual purposes in return for a
recommendation that he serve 15 years in prison.
But U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson rejected the plea
bargain, saying 15 years in prison would be too lenient.
York's attorneys had asked Royal to move the trial to Atlanta,
saying that the size of the population would dilute the impact of
The trial could start as soon as January, although York's
lawyers have asked for more time to prepare their defense.