Judge tosses convicted B.C. polygamists’ constitutional challenge

Source: CBC News

A judge in British Columbia has ruled that Canada’s polygamy laws are constitutional, rejecting the argument from two B.C. polygamists who claimed the law violated their charter rights.


Winston Blackmore and James Oler were found guilty of having multiple wives in B.C. Supreme Court last July. They returned to court to argue their convictions were null because the law itself was unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On Friday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Ann Donegan rejected the argument, stating that Blackmore and Oler considered their lifestyles above the law when they continued to marry women in Bountiful, B.C.

Blackmore and Oler showed little emotion as the judgment was read. About a dozen of Blackmore’s daughters were in attendance in the Cranbrook courtroom.

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