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August 15, 1998 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bedraggled girl walked six dusty miles to a gas station pay phone and punched in 911. Then she did what she was taught never to do: She told. Help me, she said to the sheriff. My father beat me when I ran away from an arranged marriage with my uncle. I was his 15th wife. With one phone call to an outside world she scarcely knew, the battered 16-year-old gave voice to silent women who live within the secretive constraints of polygamy.
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December 17, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Advocates for so-called plural marriages are applauding a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that struck down key segments of Utah's anti-polygamy law, saying they violated constitutional rights to privacy and religious freedom. In a 91-page decision issued Friday, Judge Clark Waddoups effectively decriminalized polygamy in Utah, ruling that a central phrase in the state's law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the 1st and 14th amendments. The ruling, which distinguishes between polygamy and bigamy, was the result of a lawsuit filed in 2011 by Kody Brown, star of the reality series "Sister Wives," now in its fourth season on cable TV's TLC. Brown has four "wives" - who together have 17 children - but is legally married only to his first, Meri Brown.
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NEWS
December 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge blocked enforcement of a voter-approved measure making English the sole language of Utah's state government. The law was to take effect Monday, but state District Judge Ronald Nehring said serious constitutional issues had been raised. He issued a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for Dec. 14. The measure, approved overwhelmingly Nov.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a new immigration law in Utah that would have allowed police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest. Judge Clark Waddoups issued his ruling in Salt Lake City hours after the law went into effect, citing its similarity to an Arizona law now before federal courts. The American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigration Law Center had sued to stop the law, warning that its implementation could lead to racial profiling.
NEWS
June 24, 1995 | Associated Press
A federal judge struck down Utah's ban on Medicaid-funded abortions for victims of rape or incest. U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Greene ruled Thursday that the Utah statute violates federal Medicaid law because it only permits abortions when a woman's life is threatened.
NEWS
April 19, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Utah Legislature voted Thursday to clarify the nation's strictest abortion law and remove doubt that women and doctors could be charged with murder over abortions. The Senate voted 22 to 6 and the House 60 to 12 in favor of legislation that would revise elements of the abortion law and parts of a related criminal homicide statute. The Legislature enacted the law on Jan. 25 during its general session.
NEWS
May 16, 2001 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a half-century, prosecutors in this state rich with a religious tradition of polygamy have tried to look the other way when it came to enforcing laws against bigamy. Practitioners of plural marriages tend to live in the shadows, and proving a man is entwined in multiple, simultaneous marriages can be complicated. But authorities said they could no longer ignore Tom Green.
NEWS
April 3, 1991
The battle over abortion has been fought one state at a time since the Supreme Court's 1989 ruling in the Webster case, which gave states mor authority to regulate abortion. And this year, the skirmishes are continuing at the state level. One of the nation's toughest laws, banning nearly all abortions, is due to take effect late this month in Utah. Several other states have abortion legislation in various stages of development and debate.
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May 20, 2001 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As three of his five wives looked on, sobbing, a Utah jury found outspoken polygamist Tom Green guilty of four counts of bigamy--bringing to an end the state's first polygamy prosecution in nearly 50 years. But according to those on both sides of Utah's plural marriage debate, Friday's verdict is just the start. They say the closely watched case will generate a greater focus on the secretive practice that gained its foothold in Utah with the arrival of Mormon settlers in the 1840s.
NEWS
April 17, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Legislature opens a special session today to modify a new law that could mean homicide charges against people who participate in abortions. During its regular session, which ended Feb. 25, the Legislature passed the most stringent state abortion restrictions in the nation. The special session opens under the shadow of a tourism boycott. Abortion rights advocates are urging would-be visitors to Utah to protest by staying away. A law passed on Jan.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Google Inc. is objecting to a Utah law that limits the common practice of keyword-triggered advertising, where competitors can show their ads alongside a search query or with a news story on another brand. The measure was approved by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and a unanimous Legislature with little notice or fanfare despite warnings from state lawyers that it offered a "high probability" of being overturned in court.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
A federal judge has struck down a package of Utah laws designed to keep nuclear waste out of the state, saying it is a federal issue beyond the reach of state lawmakers. U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell said state officials have unfairly hindered nuclear utilities that are seeking a federal permit to store used nuclear fuel on the Skull Valley Goshute Indian Reservation.
NEWS
February 15, 2002 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman walks into a bar and tries to order a drink. The bartender points to a blond woman on a stool across the room. Ask her, he says. The thirsty out-of-stater sidles up, clears her throat: "Hi," she says. "Will you sponsor me?" "Sure," the woman replies. It sounds like a joke, but this is reality in Utah. As many of the visitors to the Olympics have probably discovered by now, getting an alcoholic drink in Utah can be an adventure.
NEWS
May 20, 2001 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As three of his five wives looked on, sobbing, a Utah jury found outspoken polygamist Tom Green guilty of four counts of bigamy--bringing to an end the state's first polygamy prosecution in nearly 50 years. But according to those on both sides of Utah's plural marriage debate, Friday's verdict is just the start. They say the closely watched case will generate a greater focus on the secretive practice that gained its foothold in Utah with the arrival of Mormon settlers in the 1840s.
NEWS
May 16, 2001 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a half-century, prosecutors in this state rich with a religious tradition of polygamy have tried to look the other way when it came to enforcing laws against bigamy. Practitioners of plural marriages tend to live in the shadows, and proving a man is entwined in multiple, simultaneous marriages can be complicated. But authorities said they could no longer ignore Tom Green.
NEWS
December 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge blocked enforcement of a voter-approved measure making English the sole language of Utah's state government. The law was to take effect Monday, but state District Judge Ronald Nehring said serious constitutional issues had been raised. He issued a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for Dec. 14. The measure, approved overwhelmingly Nov.
NEWS
January 16, 1988 | Associated Press
A resolution designed to discourage the white supremacist group Aryan Nations from establishing branches in Utah received unanimous approval Friday from a House committee. Although the resolution does not mention the white supremacist group by name, the Idaho-based organization was the target, Rep. Grant Protzman, sponsor of the resolution, said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1991
The state of Utah's shameful abortion law simply makes Utah just another four-letter word. HERBERT SOLOW Malibu
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August 15, 1998 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bedraggled girl walked six dusty miles to a gas station pay phone and punched in 911. Then she did what she was taught never to do: She told. Help me, she said to the sheriff. My father beat me when I ran away from an arranged marriage with my uncle. I was his 15th wife. With one phone call to an outside world she scarcely knew, the battered 16-year-old gave voice to silent women who live within the secretive constraints of polygamy.
NEWS
June 24, 1995 | Associated Press
A federal judge struck down Utah's ban on Medicaid-funded abortions for victims of rape or incest. U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Greene ruled Thursday that the Utah statute violates federal Medicaid law because it only permits abortions when a woman's life is threatened.
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