Utah authorities have wrapped up their investigation of the polygamists featured on the TLC show
‘Sister Wives.’ The family is under investigation for felony bigamy.
‘Sister Wives’ is the first reality show to feature an openly polygamist family, and stars Kody Brown, his four wives, their 13 children and three stepchildren. ‘Wives’ premiered on TLC just over two weeks ago to 2.3 million viewers.
The future of the docu-soap could be in jeopardy, pending the results of the case and whether the Utah district attorney decides to file formal charges against the Browns.
In the wake of the investigation, Kody Brown and his wives have hired a high-powered lawyer, constitutional law attorney Jonathan Turley, according to TMZ. Prepared to fight it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, Turley says he’d like to meet with the Utah County Attorney to present his case as to why the Browns should not be prosecuted.
The family knew presenting their story to the world would subject them to scrutiny.
“When we decided to do the show, we knew there would be risks,” the Browns said in a statement. “But for the sake of our family and most importantly our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking.”
Bigamy is a felony in Utah, where the Browns live, and carries a sentence of three to five years if convicted.
Meet Kody and His Wives: