May 19, 2001 |
A jury Friday night began deliberating the fate of an avowed polygamist charged with bigamy for living with five wives at a remote compound in the Utah desert. Prosecutor David Leavitt showed jurors several marriage licenses Tom Green, 52, took out when he married the young women. The weeklong trial has put the spotlight on Utah, where multiple marriages once thrived among Mormon pioneers who settled the state.
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January 29, 2003 |
An Arleta woman convicted of running a pyramid scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a new charge of bigamy. Mercedes Navarrete, 55, who also used the last names Bolivar and Frederick, is accused of marrying Felix Navarrete in March 2000 without divorcing Richard Beebe, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Kraut. She is due back in court Feb. 27 for a pretrial hearing.
July 14, 2011
The polygamous family featured on cable television's "Sister Wives" challenged the bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal Wednesday. Attorney Jonathan Turley filed a lawsuit challenging the Utah law in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court. Turley represents Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Kody Brown is legally married only to Meri Brown. The Browns belong to the Apostolic United Brethren church, which practices polygamy as part of its faith.
May 17, 2006 |
The state Supreme Court upheld the 2003 bigamy conviction of a former Hildale police officer, ruling that a law banning polygamy is not unconstitutional. The court said that religious protections of the U.S. and Utah constitutions "do not shield [Rodney] Holm's polygamous practices from state prosecution." Holm was convicted of felony bigamy and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He had argued that the state's bigamy statute violated his right to practice his religion.
January 8, 2000 |
Bigamy, a crime normally punishable by no more than three years in prison, could send a Visalia man away for 25 years to life. It all began when Todd Givens, 30, was on trial in 1997 on drug and weapons charges. Assuming that he was on his way to prison, Givens got married so he could have conjugal visits, said his attorney, Charles Rothbaum. But a Tulare County jury acquitted Givens.
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January 28, 2003 |
An Arleta woman convicted of running a pyramid scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars is scheduled to be arraigned today on a new charge of bigamy, authorities said. Mercedes Navarrete, 55, is accused of marrying Felix Navarrete in March 2000 without divorcing Richard Beebe, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Kraut. She is expected to be sentenced Friday for her October conviction on counts of grand theft, securities fraud and tax evasion.