TLC’s “Sister Wives” Cast Under Investigation
It makes for good television – but having four wives is illegal. People Magazine reports that the cast members of TLC’s controversial new show Sister Wives are under police investigation in Utah for a possible charge of felony bigamy.
Police in Lehi, Utah, said Monday they began looking into salesman Kody Brown and his four wives before the show premiered Sunday – but they admit that publicity for the show is what prompted the case. (Nice work, law enforcement.)
“At the conclusion of the investigation, the evidence will be forwarded to the Utah County Attorney’s Office for review and possible prosecution,” says Lt. Darren Paul. Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah but is rarely investigated. ABC News reports that under the law, a person can be guilty of bigamy through cohabitation, not just legal marriage contracts. So technically, living with two opposite-sex roommates could be considered bigamy?
Brown and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn have 13 children and three stepchildren, and are happy with their lifestyle. “If we raise productive, contributing members of society who are moral and ethical, that’s our final goal, whatever their path is,” says Janelle, 40, who has six children with Kody. To each his morals and ethics, I guess. What do you think? Is having four women you claim as your wives better than having three affairs?