Utah Supreme Court removed polygamist judge

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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