'Sister Wives' stars file lawsuit challenging Utah bigamy law

Jul 13 2011 - 3:30pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- An attorney for cable television star Kody Brown and his four wives has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Utah bigamy law that makes their family structure illegal.

Washington-based attorney and law professor Jonathan Turley filed the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court.

It seeks a judicial review of the state bigamy law, which makes it illegal for unmarried persons to cohabitate. The third-degree felony is punishable by five years in state prison.

Formerly of Lehi, the Brown family stars on the TLC program "Sister Wives." The family left Utah in January because police had launched a bigamy investigation. No charges have been filed.

The Browns practice polygamy as part of their religious beliefs.


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