An effort to decriminalize polygamy by the family from the TV show "Sister Wives" reached its highest level of the legal system so far Thursday as federal appeals judges questioned a lawyer for Utah about whether the state needs to ban plural marriages.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver put some of its most pointed questions to Utah's attorney as it heard arguments on the state's appeal of a ruling that struck down key parts of a law banning polygamy.
But they also asked how the law hurt Kody Brown and his four wives in a state with a longstanding policy against prosecuting otherwise law-abiding adults in polygamous marriages.
Judge Nancy Moritz asked state lawyer Parker Douglas why the law is used so rarely if Utah claims it is needed to curb abuses such as underage unions.
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