Exploiting pre-2010 environment of fear, prosecutors intimidated Browns to unwittingly moot their own “legal standing” to fight for their freedom when they moved to another State. Indeed, polygamy (as an issue) was on its way to being heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Brown v. Buhman, the case of the “Sister Wives” reality-TV show, made it that far until January, 2017. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver Colorado had reversed the gains the case had won in District Court, by allowing a way for government to deny the right of Individual citizens to fight for freedom against any unconstitutional law. Whether or not one supports polygamy, when SCOTUS declined to hear this case because of the Tenth Circuit’s “decision,” the right of all US citizens to fight for freedom for any issue was effectively thwarted.
This is the second part of a series of posts pertaining to the tyranny of “Prosecutorial Discretion.” The same tyranny that protected Hillary Clinton from facing charges for proven crimes was also used to stop non-criminals’ fight for freedom in the “Sister Wives” polygamy case. If Part 1 of this series outraged you, this Part 2 (and beyond) will terrify you even more.
Preface: Before “Sister Wives”
Few fellow law-abiding people in America have ever experienced the level of fear of their own government as experienced by Unrelated Consenting Adult Polygamists – UCAPs. For that reason, I must first write this post in this series to explain the context of how the political environment – created by the one-sided propaganda from manufactured-news media and academics – caused the real, immense, and rational fear in all normal polygamists prior to 2010. This is necessary in order to fully comprehend why, as their new reality-TV show began in the Fall of 2010, the Brown family in the Brown v. Buhman (“Sister Wives”) polygamy case were so fearfully threatened that they genuinely felt they had to move their family to another State.
Here is some background, prior to 2010.
When the modern polygamy rights movement for unrelated consenting adults began in 1994, there were no TV shows positive about polygamy. The only time that the media reported about “polygamy” was when it involved cults or criminals doing other actual crimes. This one-sided bigotry amounted to what could be called “hate speech” because it always incited people to wrongly think, say, and accuse that polygamy supposedly “always” means horrific criminality. Just saying the word, “polygamy,” to most people back then would cause instant angry reactions, albeit baseless.
At the turn of this new century, I was the only one who dared to be putting my neck up consistently and pro-actively pursuing the national media to inform the public about normal non-criminal polygamy. The focus of my work was (and still is) to educate the media to differentiate real criminals (from Tom Green at the start of that decade to Warren Jeffs at the end of it) as completely different from – and not having anything do with – normal Unrelated Consenting Adult Polygamy (UCAP).
I long exposed the concept of what is now being called #FakeNews for over a decade, long before President Trump’s 2016 campaign called it out. I simply called it, “manufactured-news outlets.” Such media do not actually report the news, they just get bits of information with which to manufacture into a product they “sell.”
Many of such media even went out of their way to intentionally invent and incite hostility against polygamy – even using imaginary stories by supposed “news journalists.” For example, John Quiñones Lies in “Unreality” on ABC-TV with a horrifying made-up story using paid actors and actresses on a would-be “reality” TV show!
Even so, the national UCAP polygamy movement continued, and I persisted to educate in the media where possible.
By the end of the 2000s decade, I had also been getting “circus act” requests from certain media for either my family or families in our organization to be in television shows. What they wanted, though, were things that raised alarm signals for our families. For our safety, I turned them down. When they went looking elsewhere, networks like TLC had a horrid history of manufacturing shows “about polygamy” to purposely make polygamy look bad. In those media-requests for “polygamous families,” they wanted families to be as nothing more than money-making “circus acts” for the networks. My turning down their “requests” were proven to be wise decisions more than once.
But prior to that new reality TV show in 2010, TLC’s programming in previous years had been bigotedly harmful against normal consenting adult polygamists.
On September 24, 2006, TLC aired a would-be “documentary” called, “My Husband’s 3 Wives.” While claiming to be “about polygamy,” the show centered on an egomaniacal man’s “polygamy by affair.” The national polygamy rights movement for consenting adults took note of TLC airing such a horrendously false “re-definition” of polygamy about which the movement so adamantly opposed. … Clearly, this 2006 show was never a legitimate example for learning “about polygamy.”
Two years later, on November 16, 2008, TLC aired another show, “Forbidden Love: Polygamy.” While claiming to be “about polygamy,” this would-be “documentary” was simply one attractive, young British lady’s anti-polygamous viewpoints about Mormon polygamists. The national polygamy rights movement for consenting adults again took note of TLC airing such a twisted anti-polygamy show. … Clearly, this 2008 show was never a legitimate example for learning “about polygamy,” either.
It is with and in that context of propaganda, manufactured-news media, and academics by the start of this decade (the 2010s) that many, many UCAP (unrelated consenting adult polygamous) families were rightly scared to be public or to trust networks to report about them. No matter how good such normal polygamous families were, the political environment was just too terrifyingly bias-incited by the false anti-polygamy propaganda.
The Brown Family on “Sister Wives”
One family, though, having been busy living their lives over the years (i.e, not active in the national UCAP movement), and thereby less aware of TLC’s past abuse toward polygamous families, was lured to trust TLC for a new “reality TV series.” To the surprise of the skeptical National Polygamy Rights Movement for Consenting Adults, that Fall 2010, the network premiered the very first polygamy-positive realty-TV show. It was called, “Sister Wives.” Admittedly, the national UCAP movement was very happily surprised to see that TLC’s ‘Sister Wives’ put the ‘L’ back in ‘The Learning Channel’.
This new show, “Sister Wives,” was, quite-simply, a reality show about Mormon polygamist Kody Brown, his one legally married wife, Meri, his two other non-licensed wives, Janelle and Christine, plus an incoming non-licensed wife joining the family named Robyn, and all of their dozen and a half children. This was the first time that such a non-fiction TV series aired – and it treated the family in a positive light! Kody and these wives were all unrelated consenting adults, no coercion, no underage issues, and no crime. Finally, polygamy was not being aired in line with the fearmongering, hate-inciting, and false propaganda!
What happened next is succinctly described on Page 5 of the April 11, 2016, reversal of Brown v. Buhman by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Viewers of the [Sister Wives] show contacted the Lehi Police Department to “inquir[e] what the department intended to do” about the Browns. … The day after the first episode aired, the Department publicly announced it was investigating the Browns for violations of the Statute. In October 2010, the Lehi Police Department forwarded the results of its investigation to the UCAO. Following standard practice, the UCAO opened a case file on the Browns. Fearful they would be criminally prosecuted, the Browns moved to Nevada in January 2011. Mr. Buhman was quoted in a January 2011 media report as saying that despite the Browns’ move, his office would not rule out the possibility of prosecution.
The TV show later aired episodes showing the very real fear the family faced. Seeing police cars sitting outside their home “watching” them, the Browns rationally felt compelled to move out of Utah to Nevada “in the middle of the night” in the terrifying fear for their family of the intimidating government.
It is that very intimidation that would be later exploited as one part of the government’s two-part tool to moot the case. The fact that the understandably intimidated Brown family actually moved out of the State of Utah would be later exploited to assert that they had no more “legal standing” to bring Brown v. Buhman to court, so that the Utah prosecutors could thereby still use the anti-polygamy statute to threaten any other polygamous families.
By understanding the context of this fear and intimidation as it existed at the start of the 2010 decade, readers will be able to more comprehensively perceive the ramifications of the even larger tyranny of “prosecutorial discretion” used to moot the otherwise valid “legal standing” of the Brown family to fight for their freedom from tyranny.
I will elucidate the further details of these issues in the upcoming post in this series. Of course, if anyone is still wondering how this connects to Hillary Clinton and “emailgate” in 2016, then they will still need to read the Part 1 in this series, “Prosecutorial Discretion,” Emailgate, and Polygamy – Part 1
With Part 1 understood, and now with this Part 2 understood too, the outrage should likely begin boiling. Can you imagine the fear of government “watching” you to the point you feel compelled to move out of state? Can you see how tyrannical it is to then have that fear-caused “out-of-State move” later used against you in actually then denying you the “legal standing” to fight for your freedom to get such an anti-Constitutional tyranny overturned? If these matters outrage you (and they certainly should), then you will likely find yourself even more outraged by the profound threat to Individual Liberty that the overall tyranny of “prosecutorial discretion” was applied in the “Sister Wives” polygamy case known as Brown v. Buhman.
Former President Bill Clinton had a secret meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Hillary Clinton was given a careful “investigative interview” in the “emailgate” scandal. Lynch’s subordinate FBI Director James Comey recommended no charges for the crimes that he otherwise said he did find Hillary Clinton to have been “extremely careless” in committing. And then Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Comey’s boss) used her “Prosecutorial Discretion” to close the case, letting Hillary Clinton off all charges. From June 27 to July 6, 2016, all of that happened in less than ten days.
This is the first part of a series of posts pertaining to the tyranny of “Prosecutorial Discretion.” This tyranny protects Hillary Clinton from facing charges for proven crimes while it also prevents non-criminals’ fight for freedom in the “Sister Wives” polygamy case. If the former outrages you, the latter will terrify you even more.
At this initial point, you might be asking, how does the “Sister Wives” polygamy case (Brown v. Buhman) have anything to do with what has happened in the “emailgate” scandal case against Secretary of State, Democrat Presidential Candidate, and Bill Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton? You might even be asking, why should you care?
The singular answer to both questions is simple. Whether or not you support polygamy or support Clinton, the current states of both cases reflect and reveal the latest form of a repeated tyranny. This tyranny affects all of us – including you. Your, my, indeed our very liberty, is utterly threatened by this tyranny. It is the tyranny of “prosecutorial discretion.”
To provide an initial understanding of how this tyranny works, this exposition will detail the final events of Hillary Clinton’s “emailgate” scandal “investigation.” Therewith, this will expose how “prosecutorial discretion” protected her from facing charges and jailtime.
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, the FBI formally interviewed Hillary Clinton for the first time in this would-be “investigation.” As the NY Times then explained what most of the public believed at that point, “It could take weeks or longer to reach a decision.”
It only took 3 days.
On July 5, 2016, Loretta Lynch’s underling, FBI Director James Comey, held a press conference to publicly “conclude” that “no charges are appropriate,” despite his simultaneously declaring that Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” with national and classified secrecy with her private email servers. Director Comey rationalized the following.
In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.
In the above quote, I added the emphasis to the words, on these facts, as it might be the most relevant part of the statement. I even tweeted this point.
Those three cleverly parsed words “subtly indicate” what they don’t directly say: the actual facts that were otherwise necessary to be obtained were not made available. When Clinton had her private email servers “wiped,” such evidence was removed before it could be seen.
But worse, Director Comey’s assessment effectively re-writes the law that was being broken. The law is clear, as seen in 18 USC 793(f).
(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
Nothing in that specific part of the law suggests that “intent” has anything to do with determining guilt of breaking it. I made this point in another tweet.
Giuliani makes that case that when it comes to laws surrounding handling classified data, intent is irrelevant. “The definition of gross negligence under the law is extreme carelessness,” he said. The FBI “clearly found a direct violation of 18 United States code section 793 which does not require intent — it requires only gross negligence in the handling of anything relating to the national defense.”
“It’s the first definition that comes up in the law dictionary,” he said. “It’s the definition the judges give to juries when they charge injuries on gross negligence. Negligence equals carelessness. Gross negligence equals extreme carelessness. So that is a clear absolutely unassailable violation of 18 United States Code, section 793, which is not a minor statute, it carries ten years in prison.”
But the issue is clearly not over. A Congressional probe is being called to further investigate FBI Director Comey and the issue. After all, Comey actually listed out what is a crime and then decided that no prosecutorial discretion would prosecute.
REASON.TV put together this excellent mashup of what Hillary Clinton asserted and what Director Comey listed out as lies and crimes.
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences.
Therewith do we see the exposition of how and why “prosecutorial discretion” is undeniably-outright tyranny. Prosecution of the law will not be applied to Hillary Clinton, but it will apply to anyone else who does the very same thing. Hence, “prosecutorial discretion” is the tool of selective prosecution – unconstitutional tyranny.
This is but one example of this specific form of tyranny, though. Not only is “prosecutorial discretion” the tool used by government prosecutors to protect government political elites like Hillary Clinton, but it is also used to prevent everyday US non-criminal citizens from being allowed to legally fight for our rights when truly-unconstitutional laws infringe the rights of individuals.
I will elucidate that overarching point in the upcoming post in this series. Are you outraged at the tyranny of “prosecutorial discretion” allowing Hillary Clinton to get away with crimes that no one else would equally be so treated under the law? If so, then you should find yourself even more outraged by the profound threat to Individual Liberty that this same tyranny of “prosecutorial discretion” has been applied in the “Sister Wives” polygamy case known as Brown v. Buhman.
A month ago, on Monday, April 11, 2016, a 3-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had rendered the Brown v. Buhman decision as “moot.” Without even considering the merits of the case, but instead being based on the Utah prosecutors later proclaiming that they would not really go after the Brown family for polygamy, the three judges decided that the case was “moot” because the Browns supposedly had no more legal “standing” to even bring this to court. Immediately afterward, the Brown family requested a re-hearing by all of the judges in the entire Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In opening that “order,” the decision additionally noted the following.
As no member of the original panel or the en banc court requested that a poll be called, the petition for en banc review is denied.
This latest text of the May 13 decision was mostly the same as that of the earlier April 11 decision (see: 2016-04-11 Tenth Circuit reverses Brown v Buhman. However, at end of the last word of the last paragraph of the last section before the Conclusion, the Court added one new additional footnote, Footnote #27.
The last paragraph that added that Footnote #27 declared the following.
The proper disposition of this appeal, therefore, is to remand to the district court with instructions to vacate its judgment in favor of the Browns and dismiss this suit without prejudice. 27
The text for that one additional Footnote #27 explained the following.
27 As explained above, the Browns’ move to Nevada eventually also rendered this case moot. Whether or not this basis for mootness took effect before commencement of this appeal, Mr. Buhman’s implementation of the UCAO Policy was independently sufficient to extinguish any live case or controversy as of May 2012, a year and a half before the district court granted summary judgment to the Browns and over two years before entry of final judgment. Because this case became moot “prior to final adjudication,” Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, 601 F.3d at 1128 n.19, vacatur and dismissal without prejudice are appropriate.
With that “explained” in the additional Footnote #27, the decision concluded with the following.
Assuming the Browns had standing to file suit in July 2011, this case became moot when Mr. Buhman announced the UCAO Policy in May 2012. That policy eliminated any credible threat that the Browns will be prosecuted. We therefore remand to the district court with instructions to vacate its judgment and dismiss this suit without prejudice.
As FOX 13 reported, Renowned Constitutional law professor and the attorney for the Brown family, Jonathan Turley, wrote the following email response.
“At issue is the most basic right in our legal system: the right to be heard in a federal court. The lower court found that the Browns left the state after months of abusive treatment by the government, which denied them basic protections under our Constitution. All families should have access to the courts when targeted by the government in this way. The panel decision leaves a chilling message for citizens in dealing with their government. The 10th Circuit panel ruled that a prosecutor can publicly declare a family to be felons, keep them under criminal investigation, and denounce them for their religious beliefs without fear of being held accountable in a court of law. The Tenth Circuit did not deny the violation of free speech and free exercise by Mr. Buhman – violations found by the trial court. Rather it barred the Brown family from challenging his actions in federal court. This country rests on the rule of law, which is reduced to a mere pretense if citizens are barred from the courthouse. The Browns respectfully disagree with the panel and will seek relief before the United States Supreme Court.”
So with that, the “Sister Wives” polygamy case now moves up to the final court of last resort, SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States).
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, I was interviewed as a guest with locally-renouned host, Gary Sadlemyer, on The Good Morning Show, on KFAB in Omaha, Nebraska, that aired at 8:20am local time (9:20am ET).
Shortly afterward, KFAB’s website promoted the interview by writing the following:
Mark Henkel with National Polygamy Advocate says that a recent ruling that reinstated Utah’s laws against polygamy are unconstitutional . He explains how the constitution does not give the government the power to control marriage. Learn more at www.NationalPolygamyAdvocate.com
The purpose of this interview was for the breaking news cycle about polygamy from Monday, April 11, 2016: the 10th Circuit Reversed “Sister Wives” case as “moot.” Rather than even hear the merits of the case, the 10th Circuit Court determined that, since the Prosecutor had promised not to specifically prosecute the Brown Family, the Brown family’s legal “standing” to file suit was rendered moot.
On Monday, April 18, 2016, I was interviewed as a guest on The Jayne Carroll Show, on KUIK in Washington Country, Oregon, that aired at 4:35pm local time (7:pm ET).
This interview pertained to the breaking news cycle about polygamy from Monday, April 11, 2016: the 10th Circuit Reversed “Sister Wives” case as “moot.” Rather than even hear the merits of the case, the 10th Circuit Court determined that, since the Prosecutor had promised not to specifically prosecute the Brown Family, the Brown family’s legal “standing” to file suit was rendered moot.
On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, I was interviewed as a guest on The Christal Frost Show, on WTCM in Traverse City, Michigan, that aired at 11:30 am ET.
The purpose of this interview pertained to the breaking polygamy news cycle from Monday, April 11, 2016: the 10th Circuit Reversed “Sister Wives” case as “moot.” Rather than even hear the merits of the case, the 10th Circuit Court determined that, since the Prosecutor had promised not to specifically prosecute the Brown Family, the Brown family’s legal “standing” to file suit was rendered moot.
On Monday, April 11, 2016, the U.S. Circuit Court Appeals for the Tenth District, in Denver Colorado, formally reversed the lower court’s decision in the Brown v. Buhman case. This is the case of the Kody Brown polygamous family from the reality-TV series, “Sister Wives.”
Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we hold this matter is moot. It is not a “Case” or “Controversy” under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. We remand to the district court with instructions to vacate the judgment and dismiss this action.
On Monday, February 1, 2016, I was interviewed as a guest on Poppoff with Mary Jane Popp, on KAHI in Sacramento, California, that aired at 6:30 pm local time (9:30 pm ET my time zone).
The purpose of this interview pertained to the ongoing polygamy news cycle from Thursday, January 21, 2016: the “Sister Wives” case, Brown v. Buhman, being heard at the Tenth District U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Denver, Colorado.
The actual interview occurred at 4:30pm ET. Instead of being a live interview, it turned out to be an unedited “lve on tape” interview.