Polygamy-debate back to Utah, the capital of the legislator provides for penalties to reduce

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Utah has adopted, with harsh penalties for polygamy in recent years, in an attempt to move past the state’s complicated history with the practice. But a state senator, now reverse to the repression and polygamy make a low-level offense on par with a speeding ticket.

Utah state, Sr., Deidre Henderson, a Republican, represents Spanish Fork, is planning to file a bill, if the state legislature goes back in session in January, would reduce the penalties against polygamists.

While the move may seem strange for a state that for decades fought to treat, such as polygamy among the more fundamentalist sects of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints, and where in the year 2017, the practice was a crime with a prison sentence of up to five years in prison – the proponents of the legislation say that easing of sanctions would help the members of plural families to come to the front to abuse and fraud.


“The General intent behind this is to ensure that we continue to create a situation in which the victims and witnesses of crimes are afraid because of the life style they have lived,” Henderson said of The Salt Lake City Tribune”.


Lawyers, however, are skeptical that the reduction in the penalties for polygamy will encourage you to more people in abusive situations to us, to report the crime.

“I’m not sure that this repetition of the law, the polygamy, the less of a crime, will have the intended effect, they hope,” Casey Faucon, assistant professor at the University of Alabama Law School, told Fox News. “It takes more than just changing a law to get people to come to us and report abusive situations.”


While Henderson is not responding on Fox News’ request for comment, other proponents of the bill suggested that it would be found to track not only less General punishment for polygamy from a felony to a misdemeanor, but strengthen the ability of polygamists, to crimes such as abuse, human trafficking or fraud.

Together with the other amendments to the law in 2017, has been taken up by the legislature for penalties of up to 15 years in prison for polygamists guilty of these crimes. Connor Boyack, President of the libertarian-leaning Libertas Institute, said the new legislation would the state do lawyers prove, polygamy, and a secondary crime to report, only that polygamy was a factor in the other crime.

Utah state, Sr., Deidre Henderson plans to file a bill reducing the penalties for polygamy. (Photo:

Utah has a long and turbulent history with polygamy. The practice of plural marriage was officially abandoned by the Mormon Church — the company is headquartered in the state — in the years 1890 to win as a condition of Utah statehood, and today the LDS excommunicated are to be found members who practice polygamy. But there are certain fundamentalist sects, the practice continue to call it, it is the original teachings is in line with the Church.

In spite of the recent changes in the state law that increased the penalties for polygamy, no one has yet been prosecuted under the revised statutes, and prosecutors in the state’s policy not to charge someone with polygamy, unless they are suspected of further offences. To spare even if a person is a known polygamist, Utah prosecutors tend to be with the current Statute, which in their cases.


Former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints Bishop Lyle Jeffs pleaded guilty in 2017 to a Federal food fraud program and not to appear in court, but prosecutors decided against filing bigamy charges under the current laws despite reports he has at least nine women. He is currently serving a 57-month sentence for fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and then on the run.


Faucon said that, while Henderson, the proposed law would be “a pretty stark departure” from Utah, the recent steps taken for the collection of heavy criminal sanctions against people who practice polygamy, she added, it also highlights the variety of opinions about the practice within the state.

“There are pockets throughout the state that support the practice,” she said. “The reception of polygamy is really diverse in the entire state.”

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