“Sister Wives” News: Kody Brown and Family Plan to Fight Bigamy Charges

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Kody Brown and his polygamist family from the new TLC show, “Sister Wives” plan to fight against an impending investigation by the state of Utah. Shortly after the first episode of the new reality show aired, an announcement was issued by the state of Utah that the Brown family was being targeted for a felony bigamy case. When the Brown family heard the news, they released a statement saying, “We are disappointed in the announcement of an investigation, but when we decided to do this show, we knew there would be risks. But for the sake of our family, and most importantly, our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking.”

A little over a week after announcing the investigation, the Lehi Police Department completed their investigation and turned the case over to the Utah County Attorney. The County Attorney will decide whether to charge the family with a crime.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: TV personalities Meri Brwon, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown speak duinrg the 'Sister Wives' panel during the Discovery Communications portion of the 2010 Summer TCA pres tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) The Browns aren’t taking chances and they’ve hired an attorney. The Browns hired George Washington University Law School professor, Jonathan Turley to fight on their behalf. The attorney claims that unless a family has engaged in child abuse or other crimes, Utah rarely prosecutes polygamists and the Browns have no history of any crime in the past. Turley states that the state cannot pick and choose which polygamists they will charge with bigamy; it must be all or none. Otherwise, the state is practicing what is known as “selective prosecution”, which is illegal.

It sounds like the Browns have made a wise decision in hiring Turley to represent them. Kody Brown currently has three wives and is engaged to a fourth. The family currently has 13 children, with three more being added when fourth wife, Robyn becomes part of the family. Robyn is a single mother of three children.

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