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Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Larry Lawton
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Forty years ago, I was a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles, California. As such, I filed a lot of cases, but NEVER a bigamy case. I'd file theft and fraud every time, because the usual reason for the "marriage" was to get at the spouse's money. Why not file for a clear violation of the law? Because, even without a religious defense, I did not want to complicate the case by giving the crook an appeal on the constitutionality of bigamy laws.
Prosecuting attorneys are really on the hook here. They take an oath to enforce the law and uphold the constitution. A bigamy case with religious overtones means the prosecuting attorney's judgement will be bad-mouthed whatever he does.

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