Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two Bigamy only indictments.

Aside from the hope that people unjustly treated, will be justly treated, the silver lining in the FLDS controversy has always been the potential to test bigamy law before the Supreme Court of the United States. A sort of perfect storm for this case is brewing. Barack Hussein Obama being an ultra leftist and now President Elect (he has now been elected by the electoral college), a case resulting from the FLDS fiasco might land in SCOTUS during his term, after he appoints his many left wing jurists. Two YFZ residents now stand out.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, those indicted so far and their charges they face:

  • » Warren S. Jeffs, 53, aggravated sexual assault; sexual assault of a minor; bigamy.

  • » Lloyd H. Barlow, 38, failure to report child abuse.

  • » Keith William Dutson, 23, sexual assault of a minor.

  • » Michael George Emack, 57, bigamy.

  • » Allan Eugene Keate, 56, sexual assault of a minor.

  • » Abram Harker Jeffs, 37, bigamy; sexual assault of a minor.
  • » Lehi Barlow Jeffs, 29, bigamy; sexual assault of a minor.

  • » Fredrick Merril Jessop, 72, conducting an unlawful marriage.

  • » Merril Leroy Jessop, 33, sexual assault of a minor; bigamy.

  • » Raymond Merril Jessop, 36, sexual assault of a minor; bigamy.

  • » Wendell Loy Nielsen, 68, bigamy.

  • » Leroy Johnson Steed, 42, sexual assault of a minor; two counts of bigamy; tampering with evidence.

Wendell Loy Nielson has 21 wives by his own admission (CNN) and to date, is charged with nothing other than bigamy. Michael George Emack has an unknown number of wives, and the same applies to him, no other charges other than bigamy. That is provided of course the charge of sexual assault on a minor has been dropped, as of July 28th, the Dallas Morning News reported that Mr. Emack had been charged on that count.

So, one then, unless some confirmation of that charge being dropped is found. Wendell Loy Nielsen represents a good case for pure bigamy for a few reasons. One of them is that he's old. This works two ways for the prosecution. The sleaze factor is high from a cultural standpoint. A geezer with 21 women. He's a bona fides "dirty old man" the way most of us would look at him. He could very easily die soon. This makes an appeal of his verdict problematic. He may not survive to see the end of his appeals. Texas could chalk up a bigamy conviction and have it stick because Wendell assumes room temperature before the fight is over.

If Wendell is convicted, and does survive, he could be the test case.

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ztgstmv said...

Said he was married? I'm married to two people, Texas, come arrest me!
I'll enjoy watching yet another feeble attempt in a high court appeal to justify the prosecution of consensual plural marriage. This time, the defense better raise the issue of free speech.

The Pharisee said...

I'm the King of England!