Tom Green Appeals Bigamy Convictions

Tom Green Appeals Bigamy Convictions

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Polygamist Tom Green has appealed his bigamy convictions to the state's highest court, arguing a recent US Supreme Court ruling bolsters his case.

John Bucher is Green's attorney. He says the recent Supreme Court striking down a Texas sodomy law argued against singling out any one purportedly immoral group.

In Friday's filing, Bucher wrote that Utah's laws against bigamy create a prosecution based on the moral disapproval of the practice,

At trial, Green argued he was only "spiritually" married to five women. But a judge determined Green had a common law marriage with first wife Linda Kunz, and jurors found him guilty for co-habitating with the other women.

Green, who was also convicted of child rape, is serving a sentence of five years to life at the Utah State Prison.

The high court will hear arguments in the case this fall.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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