The state of Utah typically doesn’t prosecute polygamist families, so the Browns’ attorney says he doesn’t see a reason for the family’s felony case to move forward.
Kody Brown and his polygamist family, the stars of TLC’s reality series Sister Wives, are currently being investigated for felony bigamy by the Utah County Attorney‘s office — but the family’s personal attorney, Jonathan Turley, doesn’t believe the family will be convicted. “The Utah County Attorney General’s website states that absent a crime, the policy is not to prosecute bigamy,” Turley tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. He adds that it just wouldn’t make sense at this juncture to prosecute the seemingly happy family unit.
On the attorney general’s website, we also a little excerpt that states: “Polygamy is illegal in Utah … However, law enforcement has decided to focus on crimes within polygamous communities that involve child abuse, domestic violence and fraud.”
Turley tells us, “It would be a curious thing to select this one family out of thousands simply because they appeared on TV. We remain hopeful that the prosecutors use the well recognized power of prosecutorial discretion in declining prosecution in this case.”
The Utah County Attorney’s office says the case is still in the screening phase and there is no time frame in which it will either be moved forward or dropped.