Just when Kody Brown and his four lovely wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn were all set to become the civil rights champions of alternative lovestyles, Utah County Attorney Jeff Bunham says he's closed his bigamy investigation of TLC's Sister Wives stars. According to the AP, Brown and his family picked up stakes and moved from Utah to Las Vegas in January 2011 when Utah authorities first launched their bigamy investigation. Having thus escaped the long-arm of the law, Brown offered the following surprisingly reasonable explanation of the lawsuit he filed aimed to challenge Utah's right to prosecute people for their private relationships:
We are not demanding the recognition of polygamous marriage. We are only challenging the right of the state to prosecute people for their private relations and demanding equal treatment with other citizens in living their lives according to their own beliefs… In that sense, it is a challenge designed to benefit not just polygamists but all citizens who wish to live their lives according to their own values - even if those values run counter to those of the majority in the state.
All that high-minded talk might be over now, at least if Bunham gets his way and has Brown's lawsuit dismissed. Bunham claims that, because he's dropped his investigation, Brown's lawsuit is now "moot," adding that his office will only pursue bigamy cases if there is evidence of victim or fraud. In other words, Brown was about to tag Bunham when the wily prosecutor called "time," which is really sort of annoying.
No charges in Utah ‘Sister Wives' Case [AP via Yahoo]