Kody Brown, an unapologetic polygamist with four wives and sixteen children and step-children, is the star of a television show called Sister Wives. The show has just finished its second season, which ended with news of the family’s middle-of-the-night move across the Utah border to Nevada, to evade possible prosecution on bigamy charges by the Utah authorities. The family has hired a lawyer to challenge the constitutionality of Utah’s criminal bigamy law.
In this column, I will consider the variations in state bigamy laws that make Nevada a safer home for the Browns than Utah was. I’ll also evaluate the Browns’ likelihood of success on their claim that Utah’s law violates the federal constitution.
Joanna L. Grossman,
The Reality Show Sister Wives: Will Its Stars Prevail in Their Civil Rights Lawsuit? Verdict
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