Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Podcast on Polygamy and the Law

The most recent episode of the Lawyer2Lawyer Podcast features a discussion between co-host Robert Ambrogi, family-law attorney Betsy Branch and social critic Wendy Kaminer about the implications of the recent raid of a Texas polygamist ranch by U.S. authorities.

The podcast participants "explore DNA testing, civil liberties, the question of child abuse vs. religion, a sect’s legal rights and the fate of the children."

The legal controversy over polygamy has also been brewing here in Canada:
  • Polygamy in Canada - Can It Be Banned? (CBC News In Depth): "So in Canada, having more than one spouse can get you in trouble, right? Well, not on the face of it. There hasn't been a prosecution for polygamy in Canada for more than 60 years. Nor are statistics kept on how many Canadians live in polygamous marriages, a broad category that covers both men and women with multiple spouses (...) Yet the situation among members of the breakaway Mormon sect in Bountiful, B.C., is what concerns legal scholars and authorities most at the moment. There are those who say governments need to act, to lay charges against men in Bountiful who have openly engaged in polygamy. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in that B.C. town has strong ties to the polygamous sect in Eldorado, Texas, where hundreds of children are alleged to have been abused and women as young as 14 alleged to be married to much older men. "
  • Legal Background to the Controversy on Polygamy in Canada (Library Boy post, August 3, 2007): "There have recently been a number of studies on the legal aspects of the polygamy debate in Canada. In 2005 Status of Women Canada, a government agency that promotes gender equality, commissioned four research reports on the topic of polygamy..."
  • Update on Polygamy Controversy (Library Boy post, August 24, 2008): "The Osgoode Hall Law School blog The Court has just published a good summary of the issues for Canada: 'A Polygamy Primer'."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 11:27 am


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The strong ties between Bountiful, B.C. Polygamy sect and Eldorado, Texas has created another crime called Human Trafficking. Many young women 14 and 15 years old are transfer in exchange between Canada and u.s.a.
MANN ACT prohibits white slavery. It also banned the interstate transport of females for immoral purposes. Its primary stated intent was to address prostitution, immorality, and human trafficking. See Katie Norcross "The US Supreme Court upheld it for the case of Cleveland vs. United States (329 U.S. 14, 16-17) (1946). The Court decided that a person can be prosecuted under the Mann Act even when married to the woman if the marriage is polygamous. Thus polygamous marriage was determined to be an immoral purpose."

CANADA has to stop it. This abuse againt women and children has gone on for too long. Where are the law makers in Canada????

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