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TLC's "Sister Wives" Investigated, Bigamy Charges Possible, Say Reports

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cbsnews: TLC's new series starring Kody Brown and his four wives, 13 children, and three stepchildren is causing quite a stir, but the stars of the show, who hope to show how normal their polygamist lifestyle is, are attracting some potentially unwelcome attention.

Robyn Sullivan and Christine, Kody, Meri, and Janelle Brown

According to reports, Brown and his wives - Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn - are under investigation by police in Utah for a possible charge of felony bigamy.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, the evidence will be forwarded to the Utah County Attorney's Office for review and possible prosecution," Lt. Darren Paul told People Magazine.

Police in Lehi, Utah say they were looking into the 41-year-old salesman and his lifestyle long before the show debuted, but the publicity surrounding the show sparked the investigation, reports

Producers of the show, which premiered Sunday, had anticipated legal issues and had contacted the Utah Attorney General's Office months before the program aired in order to make sure they were not overstepping any boundaries.

"They called us and said, 'Hey, are you going to shut us down?'" Scott Troxel, spokesman for the attorney general, told

Troxel reportedly said that the attorney general's office does not have the resources to take down polygamists unless it suspects crimes such as child abuse or child trafficking.

One of Brown's wives, Janelle who has six children with him, wants the criticism of her family and lifestyle to stop.

"If we raise productive, contributing members of society who are moral and ethical, that's our final goal, whatever their path is," she told People.

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
ag September 28, 2010, 3:24 PM

As long as everybody involved in the relationship are consenting ADULTS then what’s the problem? This goes for Gay marriage as well. Let’s stay out of other peoples relationship and families. If nobody’s being harmed it’s not anybodys business.

Anonymous September 28, 2010, 3:28 PM

I don’t get it. The extra wives aren’t actually married to him, so how can they be arrested?

Annonymous September 28, 2010, 3:29 PM

I don’t get it. The extra wives aren’t actually married to him, so how can they be arrested?

Anonymous again September 28, 2010, 4:33 PM

I guess if you make a show about breaking the law, they have to arrest you to set an example.

Elizabeth October 5, 2010, 7:12 AM

The only person that is legally married to him is meri. So how can they be arrested? I don’t agree with that lifestyle but its not for me to judge. I don’t know, I say they are not breaking any laws (unless there is a law against cheating on your wife. But the ladies are ok with it.

cadeguawfuche April 25, 2011, 10:45 AM

While this subject can be very touchy for most people, my opinion is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find. I do appreciate that youve

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