On Thursday, the lawsuit filed by the polygamous Brown family, goes back to court according to Jan. 14 Salt Lake Tribune. The “Sister Wives” family Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, Robyn, and their 17 children, have already won round one of the battle.
The Brown family’s first battle was whether or not they would even be allowed to sue. It’s a battle they won, without being prosecuted for bigamy. Good news for the “Sister Wives” and Kody because that means U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups will hear the arguments on Thursday on whether or not “Utah’s statute making plural marriage a crime is unconstitutional.”
Jonathan Turley, the Brown’s attorney and George Washington University law professor issues a statement on behalf of the Brown family:
"Regardless of the outcome, we have great respect for Judge Clark Waddoups and appreciate this opportunity finally to present our case on the merits of these claims," the statement said. "The [Browns] are not seeking public approval of their beliefs or state recognition of their plural relationship. They are asking for what all other citizens of Utah take for granted: the right to maintain their own family and faith without threat of prosecution. The state continues to declare those in plural relationships to be felons and their families to be criminal enterprises. We look forward to presenting our case that such criminalization violates the fundamental guarantees of our country."
The Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Utah County attorney have publicly declared they will not be pressing charges against the “Sister Wives” cast, or other polygamist, so long as they follow the law.
Fans of “Sister Wives” who are interested in whether the family will show; the answer is not likely. The hearing is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the federal courthouse, 350 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City. Since no one from the family attended the hearing July 13, 2011, it is doubtful anyone will appear.
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