Judge Allows Sister Wives Bigamy Lawsuit To Continue

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Feb. 6 2012, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Senior Reporter

Polygamist Kody Brown and his four wives won a recent legal battle against the Utah County prosecutors, allowing their lawsuit to challenge the bigamy law to go forward, is reporting.

The stars of the TLC reality show Sister Wives filed a lawsuit against the prosecutors in the town where they lived saying that the bigamy law in the state is unconstitutional.

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Despite a filing requesting the suit be struck down, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups refused to dismiss the Brown’s lawsuit, saying the prosecutors were at fault, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

"The entirety of actions by the Utah County prosecutors tend to show either an ill-conceived public-relations campaign to showboat their own authority and/or harass the Browns and the polygamist community at large, or to assure the public that they intended to carry out their public obligations and prosecute violations of the law.”

Kody and his four wives, Christine, Janelle, Meri and Robyn are pleased with the ruling according to their attorney who said the family will continue to go forward with the lawsuit, writing in an email that they “are both deeply thankful to the Court and appreciative of the opportunity to present their case against this statute.”

After the controversial show first premiered the Utah County prosecutor’s office discussed the possibility of filing charges against the family for bigamy.

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No charges have been filed though to date and the family left the state in 2011, moving to Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Utah Attorney General has said he will not prosecute consenting adult polygamists as long as they aren’t committing other crimes.


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