Thursday, June 02, 2016

Third Canadian Special Prosecutor Can Bring Polygamy Charges Against FLDS Leader

In Blackmore v. British Columbia (Attorney General), (BC CA, June 1, 2016), the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld the appointment of the third special prosecutor since 2007 to bring polygamy charges against FLDS Church leader Winston Blackmore who lives in Bountiful, British Columbia.  In 2011, a British Columbia court upheld most applications of Canada's anti-polygamy law. (See prior posting.) In yesterday's decision, the appeals court rejected the argument that the first special prosecutor's decision not to approve charges was final. The Province reports on the decision. [Thanks to Religion News for the lead.]