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Posted on 07/28/2010 9:53:22 AM PDT by Colofornian
POCATELLO (AP) - An Idaho state judge has sentenced a convicted bigamist to up to three years in prison and set a restitution hearing for late August.
Christopher Cameron was sentenced Monday by 6th District Judge Robert Naftz, who gave him credit for the nine months he has spent in jail. Cameron pleaded guilty to felony bigamy in April.
Tonya Gifford Kunz, a former Pocatello woman who was married to Cameron for five weeks before filing for an annulment in February 2009, told authorities that he lied to her about his income, assets, health and last name and left her with a huge amount of debt.
Cameron married another woman, who lives in Utah, in 2007. The Idaho State Journal reports he left her shortly before their first anniversary and she is still trying to divorce him.
The judge cited a criminal hearing going back three decades, before imposing the sentence.
"I think you're a flimflam man," Naftz said. "You take advantage of situations and people."
But Cameron's attorney, Randall Schulthies, said that while Cameron's record is extensive, he only had one felony charge against him and most of the other cases against him were either reduced or dismissed.
"This is not the crime of the century," Schulthies said.
Both women said they met Cameron on a Mormon dating website. Gifford Kunz said the sham marriage deeply affected her and her family.
"Cameron is a predator who takes advantage of single mothers," she said. "The first opportunity he has, he will do it again."
Bonnie Cameron of Ogden, Utah, said she would have liked to see Cameron get the maximum sentence of three years fixed in prison...
(Excerpt) Read more at rexburgstandardjournal.com ...
More victims of flim flam men.
I'll have to warn my cat about him!
More than a peccadillo for the fellow in Pocatello...
The lying about having other wives to the new one is certainly illegal, and I guess that qualifies it as "felony" bigamy. But here in Maine, we have many Somalis with 4 wives (at a time) and I certainly have never heard of any prosecution because of it.
In the 21st century United States of America, if 25 women want to live as wives with their "patriarch," their Persian cat(s) or other animals, or anything or anyone else, who's to stop them? Wouldn't be at all surprised if Polyandry raises its fuzzy head ... and who's to stop that? The Pope? Jay Leno? Barack Obama?
I have never heard of this!
It's spelled D-E-C-E-I-T.
Authorities are much more likely to make a case of bigamy if the second "spouse" was victimized in not knowing about the first.
Sayyyy, wasn’t Barak Obama already married when he married Stanley Ann Dunham?
You know the answer.
The Mormon guy is the wrong color. Somalis be the right color...
L.A. gangbangers have multiple wives and kids.
No arrests them. On the contrary, they get lotsa taxpayer $$ and other goodies.
Polygamy: just another crime only a white man can commit.
Really? Where is this happening and what Biblical practice?
Most of these bigamy cases are accidents or laziness in filing for a prompt divorce. This guy is a scam artist and should be punished. If all parties are cool with it, who cares?
Polygamy was standard OT practice. Read the Book. Today, it is still practiced by SOME Middle Eastern Jews, particularly those from Yemen, Iran, Iraq, and by other Jewish groups. By 1000 CE, the practice was very much on the wane among European Jewry.
Gee, I can barely live with one wife. What sort of insane person would want two wives?
Too bad we are not a Muslim nation or else he could have just said “I divorce thee” three times and move on to the next one.
Ok we wont. It was not a standard practice.
I have never heard of Jews who practice polygamy today.
No, it wasn't. Genesis 2 talked about 2-becoming-1. Jesus later said (Matthew 19) that this was taught "from the beginning.")
#1 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. (Deut. 17:17)
#2 Some of those who had more than one wife did so serially (Moses)
#3 Concubines & servant girls were never deemend as "wives" except by those who had no authority to deem them so (like Abram's wife, Sarai; and Jacob's clan)
(What part of "Not" do you have trouble interpreting?)
See post #7. Open-ended relationships vs. deceit.
Define "many". Why didn't God say "You shall have only one wife at a time."?
He did. I didn't only cite Dt. 17:17, but Gen. 2. Here's the specific verse in Gen. 2 (v. 24):
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
#1..."wife" -- not "wives"
#2...For those who think God had some sort of "polygamy formula" in the OT, they have to deal with Gen. 2:24 and Matt. 19:6 -- where both say (Jesus in Matt. 19:6) 2-become-1 flesh. Why again is that relevant? Because if you think a man becomes single "flesh" simultaneously with 2 or more women, then that means you think two "sister wives" also become "one flesh." And once you go there, on what grounds do you claim God doesn't "ordain" lesbian "marriages"?
You should. Have any idea of the % of Mormon polygamists whose 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th wives and children are on welfare? WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM, and the division of a father’s estate is never enough to take care of all of the wives and kids, so guess who foots the bill? There is plenty of evidence from around the world that children of polygamous marriages do not do as well financially or emotionally as those from one man-one woman families.
I get it. When kids are involved, that change the equation. I don’t think we are talking about many people here in comparison to single parent homes in general. In fact, they are probably better off.
He needs to get his head examined. One wife at a time is more than enough.
LOL!!! I agree. I’m 39. Divorced. And it would take a special woman to get me to do that again. 4 or 5 heiffers breathing down my neck? Puleese!! NO offense ladies but you wouldn’t want 5 husbands either..
The Bible does tell us that if our brother dies to take his wife and marry her. It does not differentiate between a single man or one who is already married.
Genesis 38:8 And Judah said to Onan, Go in to your brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to your brother.
I just HATE it when a judge sentences an UNCONVICTED fellow to prison!
"All of this should be conveyed without having priesthood leaders focus upon intimate matters which are a part of husband and wife relationships. Skillful interviewing and counseling can occur without discussion of clinical details by placing firm responsibility on individual members of the Church to put their lives in order before exercising the privilege of entering a house of the Lord. The First Presidency has interpreted oral sex as constituting an unnatural, impure, or unholy practice. If a person is engaged in a practice which troubles him enough to ask about it, he should discontinue it."
- Official Declaration of the First Presidency of the Church, January 5th, 1982
"Prophets anciently and today condemn masturbation. It induces feelings of guilt and shame. It is detrimental to spirituality. It indicates slavery to the flesh, not that mastery of it and the growth toward godhood which is the object of our mortal life. Our modern prophet has indicated that no young man should be called on a mission who is not free from this practice. What is more, it too often leads to grievous sin, even to that sin against nature, homosexuality. For, done in private, it evolves often into mutual masturbation-practiced with another person of the same sex and thence into total homosexuality...."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Pages 77-79, 81-82
"Among the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking and petting. Not only do these improper relations often lead to fornication, [unwed] pregnancy, and abortions - all ugly sins - but in and of themselves they are pernicious evils, and it is often difficult for youth to distinguish where one ends and another begins. They awaken lust and stir evil thoughts and sex desires. They are but parts of the whole family of related sins and indiscretions. Almost like twins, 'petting' and fornication are alike."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 65
"Also far-reaching is the effect of the loss of chastity. Once given or taken or stolen it can never be regained. Even in a forced contact such as rape or incest, the injured one is greatly outraged. If she has not cooperated and contributed to the foul deed, she is of course in a more favorable position. There is no condemnation where there is no voluntary participation. It is better to die in defending one's virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 196
"And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth." (Genesis 4:9-14.) That was true of murder. It is also true of illicit sex, which, of course, includes all petting, fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, and all other perversions. The Lord may say to offenders, as He did to Cain, "What hast thou done?" The children thus conceived make damning charges against you; the companions who have been frustrated and violated condemn you; the body that has been defiled cries out against you; the spirit which has been dwarfed convicts you. You will have difficulty throughout the ages in totally forgiving yourself."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965. Often-used quote still used today in LDS seminary classes.
"I do not find in the Bible the modern terms "petting" nor "homosexuality," yet I found numerous scriptures which forbade such acts under by whatever names they might be called. I could not find the term "homosexuality," but I did find numerous places where the Lord condemned such a practice with such vigor that even the death penalty was assessed."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965
"If adultery or fornication justified the death penalty in the old days, and still in Christ's day, is the sin any less today because the laws of the land do not assess the death penalty for it? Is the act less grievous? There must be a washing, a purging, a changing of attitudes, a correcting of appraisals, a strengthening toward self-mastery. There must be many prayers, and volumes of tears. There must be an inner conviction giving to the sin its full diabolical weight. There must be increased devotion and much thought and study. And this takes energy and time and often is accompanied with sore embarrassment, heavy deprivations and deep trials, even if indeed one is not excommunicated from the Church, losing all spiritual blessings."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Page 155
"How like the mistletoe is immorality. The killer plant starts with a sticky sweet berry. Little indiscretions are the berries -- indiscretions like sex thoughts sex discussions, passionate kissing, pornography. The leaves and little twigs are masturbation and necking and such, growing with every exercise. The full-grown plant is petting and sex looseness. It confounds, frustrates, and destroys like the parasite if it is not cut out and destroyed, for, in time it robs the tree, bleeds its life, and leaves it barren and dry; and, strangely enough, the parasite dies with its host."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, General Conference Address, April 1, 1967.
"Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriage...I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws..."
~ Wilford Woodruff, 4th LDS President
1. Orthodox Jews do not have a BIBLE; but the Torah...
2. While it WAS 'practiced'; it was NEVER encouraged, but rather the opposite.
And we TAXPAYERS are the FOOLS!!
Lucinda Morgan Harris
Zina Huntington Jacobs
Presendia Huntington Buell
Sylvia Sessions Lyon
Mary Rollins Lightner
Patty Bartlett Sessions
Marinda Johnson Hyde
Elizabeth Davis Durfee
Sarah Kingsley Cleveland
Eliza R. Snow
Sarah Ann Whitney
Martha McBride Knight
Ruth Vose Sayers
Flora Ann Woodworth
Emily Dow Partridge
Eliza Maria Partridge
Helen Mar Kimball
Elvira Cowles Holmes
Emma Hale only!!
That would confuse the citizenship debate - if he was already married, his marriage in the us is not legal, and hence zero is a bastard son of an American girl, which...
Oh, heck. I can’t keep track.
How much jail time did Barack Obama’s daddy ever serve for his bigamy?
It was never 'For the Chillrun', but, 'For the Voters!'
And that was for a SPECIAL instance.
I hear the penalty for bigamy is two mothers-in-law!
IMO, a single parent family is better than a polygamous one. Mormons, muslims and a tribe from Vietnam/Laos who were sttled here are in part polygamous. The ONLY way these people can afford to do this is through taxpayers shelling out for them.
Most frontier homes had "One-Fanny Kitchens."
I’d like to see stats. Polygamists are so rare that I don’t don’t think there is a enough of a fiscal impact to matter. Millions of welfare recipients should be our concern.I’m more concerned with child welfare than $ as it related to failed polygamist’s child support.
Crack heads are a much more concern. At least for me. I’m not losing sleep over gang bangers and concensual sharing of adults engaging in concensual(sp?) behavior.
When are we TAXPAYERS going to get FEDS UP with the GOVERNMENT taking OUR money and GIVING it to others?
When are we TAXPAYERS going to get FED UP with the GOVERNMENT taking OUR money and GIVING it to others?
It won’t matter; for some stupid JUDGE will rule that whatEVER we do would INTERFER with FEDERAL LAW!
I’m am about ready to INTERFER with a BUNCH of things!
(Put THIS in my DOSSIER!)
More narrowly, Yemenite Jews didn’t follow the Jewish ban on polygamy...also polygamy is permitted among non-Ashkenazi Jews and Ashkenazi Jews who obtain special permission of 100 rabbis, but that’s rare because most local jurisdictions ban polygamy...magritte
Interesting. 100 Rabbis. I don’t think anyone could get 100 people to agree in unison on anything. Thanks for the info.
I can only think of mass resistance to paying taxes period. If enough people join in, they can’t put us all in jail.
Polygamy isn’t good for children or the taxpayer. I realize the number of poly.’s is small, but it is growing, with the Hmong and other refugees, mormon sects, some muslims, etc. If and when marriage is routinely redefined, I’m betting we’ll see even more.
Have you noticed that Smith in the mormonmomma.com one looks an awfully lot like Warren Jeffs?
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