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The land trust that owns much of the real estate in two polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona line has filed a lawsuit to take over the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ meetinghouse. The building, which sits in …

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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
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamist Kody Brown and his family marched across State Street near the LDS Office Building in order to meet up with other polygamists and supporters prior to marching to the Capitol where they held a rally on Friday. ‘Sister Wives’ say it may be time for polygamists to leave Utah
    The polygamists from the reality show “Sister Wives” who won, for a time, a lawsuit against the state of Utah that spurred a new bigamy bill decried t...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 10:25 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Senator Kevin T. Van Tassell listens during Senate Floor Time at the Utah State Capitol Thursday March 9, 2017. Utah senator pointed to his daughter — a plural wife — to push passage of polygamy bill
    A Utah state senator sponsoring a bill changing the definition of bigamy and increasing the penalties in some cases tried to secure votes Thursday by ...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (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. Anti-polygamy bill squeaks through Utah Senate at 11th hour
    A bill that would change the definition of polygamy and increases the penalties for it in some circumstances passed the Utah Legislature in the sessio...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 12:06 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  A screen shot of Mike Noel, rigth, and Michelle Neilson, left, during discussion of Noel’s bigamy bill on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Polygamists skeptical of woman who testified to Legislature about being sex-trafficked
    Polygamists say that a woman who last month gave emotional testimony to lawmakers about being sex-trafficked through several sects was never involved ...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 09:21 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
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamists and their supporters assembled at City Creek Park prior to their march to the Capitol where they held a rally, Friday, February 10, 2017. LDS Church has been brought into polygamy debate at Utah Legislature
    About 51 weeks ago, polygamists and their supporters picketed in the Utah Capitol’s Rotunda. They were protesting a bill meant to curb polygamy, but ...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 08:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Marshal on patrol Monday, February 18, 2013 in Hildale, Utah. Marshal can police polygamous town in Utah, not Arizona
    Usually, when people talk about lines that police officers can’t cross, it’s a figure of speech. Not so with Taylor Barlow, a marshal for the town of...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 07:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, present HB99 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.  HB99 clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah. Polygamy bill passes Utah House, moves to Senate
    A bill changing the definition of bigamy, and that would increase the penalties for it in some cases, won approval Thursday from the Utah House of Rep...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Charges filed in West Jordan polygamous-ninja caper
    A polygamous Utah man in prison for a 2014 rape has been charged in Salt Lake County with plotting the attempted killing of the 14-year-old rape victi...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamists and their supporters rally on the south steps of the Capitol building, Friday, February 10, 2017. Former plural wives divided over what Utah should do about polygamy
    Hildale • Shirlee Draper doesn’t like polygamy. Her marriage was arranged. Later her husband married her younger sister. Draper says polygamy is pat...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 11:19 am   |     |   Share
  • Ian Smith  |  Vancouver Sun  Former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints bishop, Winston Blackmore and present bishop, James Oler made a court appearance today, both charged with polygamy. This is James Oler after appearance. Jan. 21, 2009. Prosecutors appeal acquittal of Canadian man in FLDS-related case
    Cranbrook, B.C. • A special prosecutor will ask British Columbia’s Court of Appeal to overturn the acquittal of a former leader of a polygamous commun...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 04:24 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
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamist Kody Brown and his family marched across State Street near the LDS Office Building in order to meet up with other polygamists and supporters prior to marching to the Capitol where they held a rally, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. ‘Sister Wives’ family returns to Utah to rally polygamists against bigamy bill
    Polygamists and their children marched to the Capitol on Friday to show that they are families, and to ask lawmakers not to advance a bill that would ...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 09:42 pm   |     |   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
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Polygamist Joe Darger, right, attends a hearing for HB99, a bill amending Utah’s bigamy statute, as it goes back to the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. At left are Luanne Cooper, a former member of the Polygamist Kingston clan and Jessica Christensen of the show ’Escaping Polygamy.’ Utah legislators vote to make changes to polygamy law but would keep it a felony
    A Utah legislative committee advanced a bill that keeps polygamy a felony but offers people leaving a polygamous relationship a chance to avoid prosec...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:50 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
  • Supporters of Brandon Blackmore, Gail Blackmore and James Oler arrive 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 estranged husband and wife Brandon Blackmore and Gail Blackmore Friday. He found James Oler not guilty of the same charge. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) Canadian parents convicted of taking daughter to marry Warren Jeffs receive mix of sympathy and scorn
    A son is hoping the judge goes easy on his father. Others are hoping he and his wife go to jail for what they did — take their 13-year-old daughter t...
    Updated Feb 05 2017 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ian Smith  |  Vancouver Sun  Former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints bishop, Winston Blackmore and present bishop, James Oler made a court appearance today, both charged with polygamy. This is James Oler after appearance. Jan. 21, 2009. 2 of 3 polygamists convicted in Canadian child bride case
    Cranbrook, B.C. • A Canadian court has found two people guilty of taking a 13-year-old girl into the United States for a sexual purpose when she marr...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 05:41 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