Utah County attorney won't file bigamy charges against 'Sister Wives'

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 7:02 p.m. MDT

The Utah County Attorney's Office originally got involved in the investigation in October 2010, after receiving a report from the Lehi Police Department about "Sister Wives."

In the court documents, Buhman said the report alleging bigamy was the first to be submitted to the Utah County Attorney's Office since he took office in January 2007.

At that time, the attorney's office "did not have a formal policy regarding the prosecution of bigamy," according to court documents. In addition, no one in the office had any recollection of Utah County prosecuting anyone for the practice of bigamy, except in the case of marriage fraud or failure to obtain a divorce prior to remarrying, Buhman wrote.

Utah County's new policy is similar to that of the Utah Attorney General's Office.

"This policy is not intended to just apply to the Browns," Buhman wrote in the memorandum, "but is meant to stand as a permanent policy of the Utah County Attorney's Office to be applied equally to anyone engaged in the practice of polygamy."

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