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Court Denies Appeal From Polygamist

September 04, 2004|From Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court on Friday denied a jailhouse appeal from a polygamist who had argued that the state's laws against bigamy violated his 1st Amendment right to religious freedom.

Tom Green, 55, lived with five wives and 31 children in a cluster of trailer homes in the remote West Desert, 126 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

He was convicted of bigamy in 2001. In 2002, he was convicted of child rape of Linda Kunz, who was 13 when she married Green, then 37, in 1986. He is due for release in 2007.

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