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Last Updated Feb 19, 2017 07:00AM

Hildale • Shirlee Draper doesn’t like polygamy. Her marriage was arranged. Later her husband married her younger sister. Draper says polygamy is patriarchal. She is glad she is no longer a plural wife, but she says it ultimately wasn’t polygamy …

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  • 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, February 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 Feb 10 2017 11:10 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 09 2017 12:58 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 Feb 07 2017 10:55 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
  • (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. Hearing on Utah polygamy bill focuses on sex crimes, other offenses
    LuAnn Cooper says she was required to marry when she was 15. The groom was her 23-year-old cousin, she testified Wednesday. He also was her nephew. ...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   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. Prosecutors say jury instructions changed the food stamp fraud case against a polygamous sect
    Earlier this month, John Huber, the top federal prosecutor in Utah, visited St. George and met with a task force that investigated the polygamous Fund...
    Updated Jan 30 2017 01:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Jerry Henkel   |   The Associated Press)   Kody Brown sits with his wives in July at one of their homes in Las Vegas. They are the polygamist family featured on TLC’s ’Sister Wives’ program.  Pictured are: top row, Janelle, left, and Christine; bottom row, Meri, left, Kody and Robyn. Polygamy remains a crime as U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear case from ‘Sister Wives’
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear arguments from the husband and four wives who star in the television show “Sister Wives,” letting st...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Meri Brown, left, from the TV program ’Sister Wives’ carries on a conversation with a friend near the starting line of the 5K run to benefit Holding Out Help, a group that helps people leaving polygamy. The run started at 9 a.m. from Draper City Park, Saturday, September 22, 2012. U.S. Supreme Court could discuss ‘Sister Wives’ case
    The U.S. Supreme Court could announce soon whether to hear a case from the polygamous family from TV’s “Sister Wives.” High court action on the famil...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 09:52 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     People attend a protest rally against H.B. 281 that if passed make polygamy a felony in Utah again. Members of the plural marriage community are not happy and rallied against the bill in the Capitol rotunda during the 2016 legislative session in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 7, 2016. Utah polygamists unite to oppose latest bigamy bill
    Earlier this month, in the living room of a South Jordan home, politically-engaged polygamists met to discuss two things. First, according to people w...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Jud Burkett  |  The Associated Press)   Warren Jeffs looks at one of his attorneys during a 2007 court appearance in St. George. What was it like being married to Warren Jeffs? One wife has some stories.
    While hundreds, maybe thousands, of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints members have left the faith in the last decade, one sub...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 09:56 am   |     |   Share
  • Judge tosses lawsuit from ex-members of polygamous group
    A judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday against polygamous leader Warren Jeffs that claimed the sect’s longtime Utah law firm created a veneer that help...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Hildale - Preston Barlow, an FLDS member and Marshal with the Hildale/Colorado City Town Marshals. The Salt Lake Tribune)  /Trent Nelson; 12.20.2006 Polygamous towns in Utah and Arizona want to restructure, not disband, police department
    Phoenix • Two towns in Arizona and Utah are rejecting a proposed disbandment of their shared police department as a remedy to a jury verdict that conc...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 06:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs speaks to a small crowd in Salt Lake City after a hearing was held at the Matheson Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2009 to decide on the sale of the Berry Knoll property in the United Effort Plan (UEP) land trust. Case dismissed against defendant in FLDS food stamp case
    A judge on Friday dismissed the two felony charges against a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in a ...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs speaks to a small crowd in Salt Lake City after a hearing was held at the Matheson Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2009 to decide on the sale of the Berry Knoll property in the United Effort Plan (UEP) land trust. Six FLDS members plead guilty to a misdemeanor in food-stamp fraud case
    Six members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor on Wednesday in a federal foo...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Another FLDS defendant pleads guilty in food stamp fraud case and is sentenced to time served
    A second member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has pleaded guilty to a felony in a federal food-stamp fr...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Meri Brown, left, from the TV program ’Sister Wives’ carries on a conversation with a friend near the starting line of the 5K run to benefit Holding Out Help, a group that helps people leaving polygamy. The run started at 9 a.m. from Draper City Park, Saturday, September 22, 2012. ‘Sister Wives’ case should not go to U.S. Supreme Court, argues Utah A.G.’s office
    The polygamists who starred in the reality television show “Sister Wives” should not have their case reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, argues the Ut...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 08:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seth Jeffs, the brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, leaves a hearing at a state water board in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Jeffs is attempting to access more water for the sect’s remote South Dakota compound, but the board wants more information about what the group needs the water for. (AP Photo/James Nord) FLDS leader Seth Jeffs could be taking plea deal
    Another high-ranking polygamous group leader appears ready to take a plea deal in a multimillion dollar food-stamp fraud case. Seth Jeffs has a change...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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) Two FLDS food-stamp defendants to stay in jail pending trial
    A judge on Wednesday opted to keep two defendants charged in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints food stamp case...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 04:59 pm   |     |   Share