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    Ariel Barlow, right center, carries a sign following a news conference with former polygamists speaking in favor of Republican Rep. Mike Noel bigamy offense amendments Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) The polygamy bill: Questions and answers
    Any day, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will decide whether to sign or veto HB99, the bill which amends the definition of bigamy in Utah and increases the pen...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 11:42 am   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, center front, sponsor of HB99, has his witnesses sworn in as he presents the bill the clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah, to members of the House Judiciary Standing Committee in the House Building Room 20 on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. Lawyer contends bigamy bill is case of LDS legislators discriminating against polygamists
    Ken Driggs, a semi-retired attorney in Atlanta who has studied Fundamentalist Mormons and the law has sent Utah Gov. Gary Herbert a 16-page memorandum...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 07:26 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Mayor Joseph Allred at a memorial for the 13 (and 1 still missing) victims of a September 14th flash flood. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday September 26, 2015. Polygamous town’s mayor made a reader for his children complete with cardboard cutouts
    Parents in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teach their children at home. Or, at least, they do until about age 13. The...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 07:57 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)    State Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City,questions the need for a law that says the state Board of Education can refuse to adopt a federal program for schools if it conflicts with state policy. The board already can do so without the need for another statute, he argued. ‘Escaping Polygamy’ star responds after polygamists lobby Sen. Jim Dabakis
    The Utah Legislature has been debating whether to amend the state’s criminal polygamy statutes, and on Thursday, four plural wives went to visit Sen. ...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 02:04 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Bill Paxton, a cast member in the HBO series ’Big Love,’ poses at the show’s third season premiere in Los Angeles. A family representative said prolific and charismatic actor Paxton, who played an astronaut in ’Apollo 13’ and a treasure hunter in ’Titanic,’ died from complications due to surgery. The family representative issued a statement Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, on the death. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) Polygamist family that helped inspire ‘Big Love’ remembers actor Bill Paxton
    Maybe the other 49 states first associate Bill Paxton with the movies “Twister,” “Apollo 13” or “Aliens.” But in Utah, Paxton’s biggest role was as p...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    |  courtesy of the Utah Historical Society  Men and boys are gathered in a photo dated July 26, 1953, during the state of Arizona’s raid on the Short Creek polygamous community. The photo is part of a collection recently made available from Salt Lake Tribune negatives digitized by the Utah Historical Society. Photo archive includes shots of 1944 polygamy trial, 1953 Short Creek raid
    You may have read the story earlier this week about the trove of Salt Lake Tribune photos from the 1930s through the 1960s, recently made available on...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 07:31 am   |     |   Share
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    A young girl sits on a bike in one of a series of photographs found on a memory card and alleged to have come from an FLDS church security team. I’m pretty sure I caught a polygamous sect spying on me
    St. George • I looked up and to my left, and on the second-floor walkway in front of closed motel room doors was a woman in a prairie dress. She clut...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, sponsor of HB99, a bill amending Utah’s bigamy statute, goes before the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Orgies appear to be legal in Utah, and other notes from polygamy bill hearing
    In Tuesday’s hearing on the latest polygamy bill, Assistant Utah Attorney General Parker Douglas went where few legislative proceedings have gone befo...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    James Oler, center, arrives at the courthouse in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Two people linked to the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C., could have foreseen that their actions would lead to a girl having sex with the church’s prophet well before her 14th birthday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said as he convicted the estranged husband and wife Brandon Blackmore and Gail Blackmore Friday. He found Oler not guilty of the same charge. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press) Why two Canadian polygamists were guilty of taking their teen daughter to marry, but not a third
    Sure, James Oler knew his 15-year-old daughter was going to be married in Nevada to a 24-year-old man, a Canadian judge said in his written verdict la...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jessica Christensen, Shannel DeRieux and Amanda Peterson, from left, who all grew up in polygamous families, are followed around by a film crew as part of the reality show, Escaping Polygamy. The three were at the Utah Capitol on their way to catch a hearing for HB99, which clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. ‘Escaping Polygamy’ star meets with mother at Utah Legislature
    Here’s a few things that were said or happened Wednesday night in connection with the hearing on the latest bigamy bill, which didn’t make the article...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    Allred son recounts polygamous group’s formation
    Vance Allred is a history teacher. Near the outset of a conversation with the “Mormon Stories” podcast posted this week, he says there’s always anothe...
    Updated Dec 01 2016 07:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Seth Jeffs, right, the brother of Warren Jeffs, imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, participates in a state water board meeting, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Pierre, S.D. Jeffs and members of the United Order of South Dakota, a trust run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are requesting additional water for their remote South Dakota compound.  (AP Photo/James Nord) Polygamous sect leader says he’ll account for food he donates to church
    Seth Jeffs, brother of the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, came closest last week to winning a re...
    Updated Nov 20 2016 09:26 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the FLDS Church walk to Federal Court in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 3 for a two-day hearing to hear testimony from FLDS members and government witnesses to determine whether defendants have a religious right to share their food stamp benefits. Loss of salvation doesn’t burden religion, government says in polygamous sect food stamp case
    Federal prosecutors are again urging a judge to uphold indictments against 11 members of a polygamous sect, this time arguing that sect members are tr...
    Updated Jan 29 2017 10:17 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the FLDS Church walk to Federal Court in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 3 for a two-day hearing to hear testimony from FLDS members and government witnesses to determine whether defendants have a religious right to share their food stamp benefits. Conference to train Utah attorneys on polygamy and the law
    Utah attorneys can learn how to litigate civil and criminal cases that involve polygamy at a training seminar next month. The seminar is 9 a.m. to 4 ...
    Updated Oct 24 2016 06:57 am   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the FLDS Church walk to Federal Court in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 3 for a two-day hearing to hear testimony from FLDS members and government witnesses to determine whether defendants have a religious right to share their food stamp benefits. A polygamous household is not a federal household, and other notes from Tuesday’s court hearing
    On Tuesday, 10 of the 11 defendants indicted in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fraud case were in court to argue they ...
    Updated Oct 06 2016 01:28 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A group of women gathered in the city cemetery in Colorado City Sunday December 15, 2013. Gathering for ex-polygamists planned in southern Utah
    An anti-polygamy group is holding a potluck in Hurricane and inviting former polygamists to attend. The gathering is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 15 outs...
    Updated Sep 30 2016 11:44 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Pre-pubescent boys dismount from heavy equipment they had been driving and riding on in Hildale, Wednesday September 14, 2016. Hildale and Colorado City — where the kids drive the machinery
    Hildale • Salt Lake Tribune photographer Trent Nelson and I went to knock on the door of a construction business here last week. As we approached the ...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 11:29 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A white board in investigator Sam Brower’s office shows FLDS leaders Warren and Lyle Jeffs, in Cedar City, Thursday January 15, 2015. Warren Jeffs’ sermons, Lyle Jeffs’ cars may be evidence in polygamous sect food stamp fraud case
    What the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints prophet told his congregation and what his brother drove are relevant to the fraud...
    Updated Sep 05 2016 06:57 am   |     |   Share
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    AP Photo/Rick Bowmer | In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, Lyle, foreground, and Nephi, leave the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah says  Warren Jeffs, now imprisoned in Texas, has named Nephi Jeffs the new bishop of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., the traditional home base of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints.   Warren Jeffs orders rebaptisms, appoints different brother as bishop of polygamous church, government says
    A new court filing describes changes in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints in recent weeks. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah says impr...
    Updated Aug 13 2016 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Winston Blackmore (right). At rear is Leah Barlow. Polygamist Winston Blackmore holds a press conference at his home in Bountiful, British Columbia, to address Warren Jeffs and the immigration status of three of his wives. Photo by Trent Nelson; 5.16.2006 Hear why Winston Blackmore, who has married 27 women, doesn’t want polygamy legalized
    Winston Blackmore’s statements on polygamy in Canada drew a lot of attention this week. I wrote a blog post that published Monday about how Blackmore...
    Updated Aug 05 2016 02:19 pm   |     |   Share
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    The Children of Polygamy. Children of polygamist Winston Blackmore, playing the rural setting  Polygamist Winston Blackmore hugs his daughters Malla, left, and Marissa on the family farm in Lister, British Columbia, Canada. Canada’s biggest polygamist says he doesn’t favor legalizing polygamy
    The Canadian government is prosecuting him for polygamy. “And those suckers are after me day and night,” Winston Blackmore told an audience Friday in...
    Updated Aug 02 2016 10:59 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher bows his head at a memorial for the victims of a Sept. 14 flash flood. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday Sept. 26, 2015. Utah sheriff, prosecutor among those who will argue to disband polygamous town marshals
    The U.S. Department of Justice plans to call Washington County’s sheriff and county attorney as witnesses to testify why a judge should disband the po...
    Updated Jul 19 2016 11:35 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Patrick Pipkin waves flags and shouts, ’Freedom!’ as the Colorado City and Hildale Fourth of July Parade makes its way down Central Street in Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ, as part of an Independence Day celebration Saturday July 2, 2016. Gallery: Thousands attend Independence Day party in polygamous towns
    Hildale • Residents in the polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., on Saturday threw an Independence Day celebration two days ear...
    Updated Jul 02 2016 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    Documentary short tells a family’s escape from the FLDS
    How did Brenda Nicholson, her husband and their six children leave the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? In the middle of t...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    FLDS women and children from the YFZ Ranch are escorted by Texas Child Protective Services workers and Schleicher County Sheriff’s deputies from the First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall to waiting buses Sunday, April 6, 2008. Here’s an inside look at life in the FLDS during the 2008 Texas raid
    “Oh Heavens! You will never guess what has happened! Oh! The Government raided Eldorado ....” That’s how then 16-year-old Jessica Rohbock began her j...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    Water Canyon High School is shown Friday, May 13, 2016, in Hildale, Utah. The school in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border that reopened two years ago unveiled a new building for high school students as the rebirth of the public education system in the town sets more roots. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Video: Walls come down around old polygamous storehouse
    At various points over the years, leaders in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have predicted walls would come tumbling d...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:08 pm   |     |   Share
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    (File photo of FLDS ’prophet’ and convicted child-bride rapist Warren Jeffs, whose life sentence was determined by a Texas jury in August  2011. (The Salt Lake Tribune)  ) Petition tells Texas to monitor Warren Jeffs’ prison visits
    A Change.org petition is asking Texas’ prison system to prohibit Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints President Warren Jeffs from having unsuper...
    Updated May 07 2016 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   People gather to look at the Short Creek Wash in Colorado City, Arizona, Wednesday September 16, 2015. The Utah National Guard and law enforcement on Wednesday resumed searching for the last known victim of a flash flood that tore through this polygamous border town home to followers of Warren Jeffs, leaving 13 dead and three injured, all of them women and children. Photo preview: Here’s a child’s life in the FLDS
    On Mother’s Day, The Salt Lake Tribune will publish the story of a 16-year-old boy who used to be a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of ...
    Updated May 06 2016 08:10 am   |     |   Share
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    Ben Rothstein  |  Warner Bros. Pictures Roy (Michael Shannon, left) and Lucas (Joel Edgerton, right) risk all to transport Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) in the thriller ’Midnight Special.’ What ‘Midnight Special’ gets right about a Utah polygamous sect
    If a clairvoyant, religious savior with an ability to hear radio frequencies was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Sai...
    Updated Apr 16 2016 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Think Mormon offshoots have the most polygamists in U.S.? Think again
    This weekend, The Salt Lake Tribune will publish an article about “The Polygamy Question,” an anthology from Utah State University Press of the latest...
    Updated Apr 15 2016 06:05 pm   |     |   Share