, the leader of a polygamous community in southeastern British Columbia who has admitted to having multiple wives, is suing the provincial government for violating his rights when he was charged last year.
The charges were thrown out
last fall after the men’s lawyers successfully argued in court that the decision of a previous special prosecutor not to lay charges was final.
, Canada’s best known polygamist, foresees a year of doom for those that deliberately break up families or interfere with a person’s freedom.
The cult leader was charged with polygamy
earlier this year, but the court quashed the charges
on procedural grounds, deciding that the government had unfairly gone “prosecutor shopping” to find someone to prosecute Mr. Blackmore after two independent prosecutors had advised against it.
Criminal polygamy charges
against B.C. religious leaders Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler
have been thrown out.
Former attorney-general Wally Oppal did not have authority to appoint a second special prosecutor to the decades-long case after the first one declined to proceed, Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein ruled.
says charges of polygamy
against him have not undermined his authority to offer advice on moral issues.
The Globe and Mail
earlier this week reported
that Mr. Blackmore was offering online advice to women in abusive relationships.
Nancy Mereska, who has campaigned against polygamy
, was startled by Mr. Blackmore offering moral advice. All polygamous relationships are abusive, she said in an interview with The Globe and Mail
The B.C., Canada, government is sending $100 to every man, woman and child in the province as part of a climate-change program.
As a result, prominent polygamist Winston Blackmore and his family could receive more than $10,000 this month from the B.C. government in so-called dividend cheques.
Winston Blackmore, who openly admits to having numerous wives and dozens of children, said parents at Bountiful protect their children from abuse.
But he declined to discuss allegations that older men in his community marry teenaged girls – a violation of statutory rape laws – while other girls are sent to sister polygamous groups in the United States to marry older men there.
After a lengthy police probe into Canada’s only polygamous community, British Columbia Attorney-General Wally Oppal has appointed a special prosecutor to rule on whether criminal charges should be laid against leaders at Bountiful, a secretive sect near the U.S. border.
Larry King interviews polygamist leader Winston Blackmore.
Winston Blackmore has at least 20 wives and more than 100 children. Allegedly one or more of his wives married at age 15. The leader of Canada’s largest polygamist group, Winston Blackmore, believes that within days he will be charged with sexual offences. “We have one very reliable source that indicates that it will happen.” […]
On a B.C. commune called Bountiful, a Mormon sect keeps the world at bay CRESTON – As I drove up to the Bountiful commune, three blond boys, about age 11, spotted me. They stopped — stunned, panic on their faces. The day was hot. The air tasted of smoke from a brush fire south of […]