Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Oh, yeah, *THIS* looks good for Utah. - Utah judge with 3 wives fights for job - Nov 2, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- A judge will ask the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to let him stay on the bench after a commission that oversees judges ordered him dismissed because he has three wives.

Those pursuing the case against Judge Walter Steed say his plural marriage creates a conflict: After taking an oath to uphold the law, he shouldn't be breaking it.

"You can't have it both ways," said Colin Winchester, the executive director of the state's Judicial Conduct Commission.

The commission issued an order seeking Steed's removal from the bench in February, after a 14-month investigation determined Steed was a polygamist and as such had violated Utah's bigamy law.

Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah punishable by up to five years in prison, but Steed's attorney, Rod Parker, said Utah's attorney general and the Washington County prosecutor have declined to prosecute his client.

Steed has served for 25 years in the southern border town of Hildale, handing down rulings in drunken driving and domestic violence cases. Parker contends the bigamy statute is only enforced in rare cases, such as when someone has been duped into marrying someone who already has a wife.

"There is no allegation that it's affecting his performance on the bench," Parker said. "It really is truly only about his private conduct."

He should be removed from the bench. "Do as I say, not as I do" is a terrible creed. He's not above the law.


At 1:33 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

Sigh. Even better, this is probably one of Rulon Jeff's buddies...


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