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Meri, from left, Christine, Janelle and Robyn Brown in TLC's reality TV series, "Sister Wives."
Janelle Brown describes money troubles for 'Sister Wives' family

Excerpts from Janelle Brown's statement are below.

Speaking of fairness, here is a story Lindsay Whitehurst wrote in September href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52527809-78/utah-state-law-wives.html.csp" target="_blank">explaining why the Utah attorney general wants the Brown's lawsuit dismissed.

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— Nate Carlisle

• I have been repeatedly confronted by statements that we are in a criminal association for following our faith and my children have been subjected to such comments at school.

• I handle much of the fmances for the family and I can attest to the considerable costs associated with being both under investigation and the target of public comments by prosecutors.

• After the announcement of the investigation of the family under the bigamy statute and the statements of prosecutors, family members lost their jobs and found it difficult to secure new jobs since no one wants to hire someone publicly identified as a target for prosecution.

• We decided to move to Nevada to insulate our children from the pressures and threats of prosecution.

• The rental that we secured in Nevada to house the whole family while we looked for homes cost $6000 for that first month alone.

• These costs include the rental of new homes for the family and moving costs that largtely exchausted our savings.

• This included a loss of thousands of dollars on pre-paid rent due to termination ofleases before the end of the specified period; loss of deposits; thousands of dollars for moving truck rentals and costs; and monthly rental payments that are roughly $2500 more than the monthly cost of our home in Utah.

• We have had to take steps to prepare for any possible arrest to be sure that our children are protected and taken care of if the state decides to move forward with charges.

• We literally live day to day without knowing whether our family will be destroyed by a decision of some prosecutor in Utah to charge us.

• The stress has had a pronounced impact on our children and myself in loss of sleep, stress, and uncertainty.

• If this law were found unconstitutional and this threat lifted from our family, we would feel free to finally return to Utah and would certainly resume our open participation in our religious community.


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