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Group that starred in TLC reality show about polygamy under investigation for, well, polygamy

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In a story that's not unlike the one about the former-prostitute-turned-art-teacher yesterday, a Utah man and his four wives are under investigation for bigamy after they appeared (and continue to appear in) TLC's newest "look at this crazy family!" show, Sister Wives. Despite the fact that there are rarely arrests and prosecutions for this crime, I guess the police felt they kind of had their hands forced by that whole "appearing on national television" thing:

"At the conclusion of the investigation, the evidence will be forwarded to the Utah County Attorney's Office for review and possible prosecution," says Lt. Darren Paul… Police acknowledged that publicity over the show's announcement prompted the case.

The man, Kody Brown, and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, have a total of sixteen children (three of whom are step-children, but honestly I'm not even sure what that means in this situation. From his former marriage? From one of the wives'?). Here's a preview clip from the show, which premiered on Sunday:

Brown is only legally married to one of the women, which I had incorrectly assumed meant he couldn't be brought up on such charges. It turns out, however, that living with the other women could constitute a common-law marriage, which could then get them in trouble.

On the one hand, the police can't not investigate what is or could be a crime just because they don't feel like it. (Well, not legally, I'm pretty sure. Readers, any help?) On the other, I can't help but feel like the state or federal government telling people they can't enter into a consensual relationship because it's outside a "normal" family structure is never a great idea.