By By JIM BOWERS | The Wall St. JournalThe priest, drummer and members of Judas, a cult that has spawned dozens of rock stars, have all been convicted of crimes including murder and sexual abuse, but few people outside of the U.S. know about the cult.
The band is known as the Juds.
The group was founded in the 1960s by a Mormon couple and their six children, and it’s a favorite of rock star and Hollywood film stars.
Their first album, 1977’s “Dumb Dumb,” became a major hit in the U toppers’ homeland of Australia, and they were nominated for several Grammy awards, including best rock act.
But they were mostly known for their heavy metal, gospel and country music, and their albums were frequently criticized for their politics.
The Judas were charged with murdering a California man in 1972, sexually assaulting his daughter in 1974 and molesting his son in 1986.
After a decade of litigation, the band and its members were sentenced to life in prison in 1977.
The cases were appealed and the U, and later California, Supreme Court, ruled the charges were too weak to justify a death sentence.
The Supreme Court overturned the convictions of two members in 2015, saying the victims were too young to be believed and the crimes were not racially motivated.
A judge ordered that the charges against the members be dismissed.
But last week, the Supreme Court reinstated them.
The case comes as more than 1,000 members of the Judos have been charged with sex crimes or sexual abuse in the past two decades.
The U.K. and Ireland have also imposed a moratorium on all new convictions for those who have served prison terms.
In the U., a similar case involving a former Judas member who was convicted of murdering a man in the United States was settled last year for $1.5 million.
But in the Christian West, it is common for crimes committed in the name of Judos to be dismissed or changed to lesser crimes, including murder, kidnapping and rape.
The former Juda leader who is now in prison is serving a 25-year sentence in the San Quentin State Prison.
His son, a former member of the group who was acquitted of the charges in the case, was convicted on lesser charges.
The two-year-old boy was also convicted on a lesser charge and is serving at least 20 years.
But his parents have said they plan to appeal.
“The verdict is not binding,” Judas frontman Mark J. McAnally said in a statement, “but the fact that we have been vindicated by the courts, and that there are more than a dozen other former members of this group serving life sentences, is a significant victory.”
A spokesperson for the U