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May 10, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Reese Witherspoon's parents are in an unusual legal dilemma: Mom Betty Witherspoon has accused her estranged husband, Reese's dad, of bigamy. Betty Witherspoon on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against John Draper Witherspoon and Tricianne Taylor, seeking to have their recent marriage annulled, the Tennessean reported. In the suit, Betty notes that, well, despite being separated since 1996, she and John are still married , which would seem to limit his ability to walk down the aisle with anyone else.
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May 10, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Reese Witherspoon's parents are in an unusual legal dilemma: Mom Betty Witherspoon has accused her estranged husband, Reese's dad, of bigamy. Betty Witherspoon on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against John Draper Witherspoon and Tricianne Taylor, seeking to have their recent marriage annulled, the Tennessean reported. In the suit, Betty notes that, well, despite being separated since 1996, she and John are still married , which would seem to limit his ability to walk down the aisle with anyone else.
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March 28, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A West Texas jury has found a former associate of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs guilty of bigamy. Wendell Loy Nielsen, 71, stood trial for marrying three women in addition to his legal wife, two of whom he married on the same day in 2006. At trial this month, his attorney had argued that the sect's “celestial marriages” did not violate state bigamy laws. The jury in San Midland, about 330 miles west of Dallas, deliberated for about an hour and a half before finding Nielsen guilty Wednesday of three counts of bigamy, court clerks told The Times.  Nielsen is the former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon offshoot sect.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
A West Texas polygamist who authorities said had multiple "celestial marriages" was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. Wendell Loy Nielsen, 71, was given a 10-year term on each of the three counts of bigamy for which he convicted and will serve them concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $30,000 in fines. Nielsen, a former associate of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs, was found guilty Wednesday of marrying three women in addition to his legal wife. He married two of the three on the same day in 2006, prosecutors said.
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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.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 8, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1996
With his head hung low before a Municipal Court judge, a Simi Valley man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of bigamy for being married to three women at the same time. Lloyd Wetzel, 29, faces up to a year in County Jail for the crime, which his attorney blamed in part on a lingering mental disorder stemming from his childhood. "He is a little slow mentally," Deputy Public Defender Christina Briles said outside the courtroom after Wetzel entered his guilty plea.
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November 18, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County municipal court judge dismissed misdemeanor bigamy charges Tuesday against a 29-year-old Lake Forest woman. If convicted, Debra Ann Linderman could have faced a sentence of one year in jail or a $1,000 fine. Prosecutors had charged that Linderman, who married Raymond Thomas Kerr in San Juan Capistrano in May of 1988, was still married to him when she married Derek Whiston in Las Vegas in February, 1990.
NEWS
September 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
A self-proclaimed polygamist on Thursday appealed his conviction on charges of bigamy and failure to pay child support after the trial judge refused to grant him a new trial. Tom Green, 53, was sentenced Aug. 24 to spend up to five years in prison for bigamy. He lived in Utah's western desert with five wives and 30 children. Green had asked state District Judge Guy Burningham for a new trial but was turned down.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A West Texas jury has found a former associate of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs guilty of bigamy. Wendell Loy Nielsen, 71, stood trial for marrying three women in addition to his legal wife, two of whom he married on the same day in 2006. At trial this month, his attorney had argued that the sect's “celestial marriages” did not violate state bigamy laws. The jury in San Midland, about 330 miles west of Dallas, deliberated for about an hour and a half before finding Nielsen guilty Wednesday of three counts of bigamy, court clerks told The Times.  Nielsen is the former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon offshoot sect.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A man who lived in Rancho Santa Margarita and is serving a sentence for embezzlement is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges that he married two women who did not know about each other and then stole from them, authorities said Thursday. Craig Stevens, 49, was sentenced to one year and four months in state prison last October for stealing $147,000 from his Costa Mesa employer. He is accused of marrying an Illinois resident in August 2007 without his first wife's knowledge. Prosecutors say he used his first wife's property inheritance to pay the restitution he was ordered to pay in the theft case.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A grand jury indicted another three members of a polygamist sect that was the focus of a massive raid during the spring. The grand jury in Schleicher County has now charged 12 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including sect leader Warren Jeffs. Most charges involve sexual abuse and bigamy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Leonard is a Times staff writer
A former Los Angeles County probation department clerk who fled the country earlier this year after she was charged with bigamy and insurance fraud was captured in Mexico over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Damaris Ninet Amesquita, 30, was found Saturday by a bail bonds agent in Mexicali, said Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
A man who has repeatedly gone on television with his five spiritual wives was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on bigamy charges, a rare prosecution that brings attention to an old Mormon practice long since abandoned by the church. For years, prosecutors have said that pursuing the long-standing but illegal practice of plural marriage is nearly impossible because practitioners often marry in secret ceremonies without getting licenses.
NEWS
August 4, 1989
An Air Force officer panel in San Francisco sentenced a veteran pilot to three months in a military jail and dismissal from the service for his conviction on bigamy charges. The panel ruled that Capt. Neil Clark must also give up three months' pay, amounting to $8,600. In addition, because his dismissal will come nine months shy of 20 years' service, Clark will lose his retirement benefits and pension.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
A police officer and member of a polygamous church was convicted Thursday of having sex with an underage girl whom he took as a third wife. Jurors decided that Rodney Holm broke Utah law banning sexual relations involving 16- and 17-year-olds when their partner is 10 or more years older, unless the couple is married. Holm, 37, was accused of having sex with Ruth Stubbs when she was 16. He was 32 when he allegedly took Stubbs as a "spiritual" wife, which is not a legally recognized union.
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