Eye On Boise

‘Five Wives’ vodka lawyer also challenging Utah law on behalf of ‘Sister Wives’ star

The attorney and law professor who prompted Idaho’s state liquor division to reverse itself on allowing "Five Wives" vodka to be sold in the state last week also is pressing a lawsuit challenging Utah’s bigamy laws on behalf of the star of the reality TV show “Sister Wives.” In Turley’s Utah case, Utah announced on May 31 that it wouldn’t prosecute Kody Brown and his four wives for bigamy, but Turley and Brown pledged to continue the lawsuit.

Brown and his wives and 16 children moved to Nevada after Lehi, Utah, police began an investigation into possible charges after the family appeared on the TLC reality series. They sued, citing issues of privacy and religious freedom. Turley argued that the Browns didn’t have multiple marriage licenses and were being prosecuted “solely because they call themselves a family in the eyes of their church.” You can read my full Sunday column here at spokesman.com.

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