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'Sister Wives' Brown family won't seek money after polygamy decriminalization

Published February 11, 2014 12:13 pm

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The polygamous stars of the TV show "Sister Wives" are not seeking any money following a legal victory that decriminalized their lifestyle.

The Brown family — comprised of husband Kody and wives Robyn, Christine, Meri and Janelle — revealed in recently filed court documents that they will not seek "repayment of their moving costs, loss of contracts, or other expenses." The Browns sued in 2011 after Utah County prosecutors threatened to file criminal charges against them for living as polygamists.

In December, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups handed a victory to the Browns, ruling that Utah's law against cohabitation — which was the primary tool prosecutors could use against practicing polygamists — was unconstitutional.

Prior to Waddoups' ruling, the Browns had not revealed whether they planned to seek financial damages. The issue then came up during a hearing in January.

In the new court documents, the Browns' attorneys write that while the family suffered as a result of Utah's now-defunct cohabitation law, "they believe strongly that the focus of the case should be on the Court's historic ruling and not their insular losses." In a footnote, the documents add that the Browns reserve the right to seek attorneys fees in the case. Their lawyers — including Washington D.C.-based Jonathan Turley and Utah-based Adam Alba — have been working for free.

There are currently no hearings scheduled in the case. Any appeal of Waddoups' ruling by the Utah Attorney General's Office is on hold until after state attorneys respond to the Browns' latest court filings. The Utah Attorney General's Office has said it has yet to decide if it will appeal.

—Jim Dalrymple II

Twitter: @jimmycdii