On February 24, 2006, the Utah Supreme Court ruled in favor of removing Hildale Justice Court Judge Walter Steed for the crime of polygamy. Steed had worked as a part-time justice court judge since 1980 and had lived openly as a polygamist with his three wives and 32 children. The unanimous decision [PDF] stated that Steed's personal and religious convictions cannot violate the laws he swore to protect as a judge. Anti-polygamy groups initiated the lawsuit in 2005 when Tapestry Against Polygamy filed a complaint with the state Judicial Conduct Commission. Pro-polygamy groups voiced hope that this lawsuit would lead to the legalization of polygamy.
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