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'Sister Wives' family challenges Utah bigamy law

3:21 AM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.
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BRIAN SKOLOFF
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Kody Brown and his four wives want what any family wants: To live in the privacy of their own home free from government intrusion.

The polygamous stars of the TLC show "Sister Wives" have sued Utah and the county they fled from, hoping to persuade a federal judge to overturn the state's bigamy law as unconstitutional.

The case could potentially decriminalize a way of life for tens of thousands of self-described Mormon fundamentalists, most of who live in Utah where bigamy is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

While the state has publicly said it won't prosecute consenting adult polygamists unless there are other crimes involved, authorities insist the law doesn't overreach.

A hearing was set for Wednesday on a motion to dismiss the case.

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