January 29, 2015 9:34 am

Bountiful leaders to appear in court on polygamy charges


The leaders of Bountiful religious sect will make a court appearance on charges of practising polygamy this morning.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler are expected to elect a mode of trial.

The two were charged back in August of last year.

READ MORE: Questions remain about polygamy law

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It’s alleged Blackmore has 24 wives. Oler is accused of having four.

In 2009, Blackmore and Oler, were each charged with one count of practising polygamy. Those charges were later thrown out after a judge ruled the prosecutor handling the case was chosen improperly.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court in British Columbia has banned the polygamous group from using the name of the mainstream Mormon church.

The order prohibits the group from using the Utah-based church’s official name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It also forbids the sect from using “Latter-day Saints,” “Mormon” or any other name that creates confusion.

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