Friday, August 13, 2004

TOM GREEN RENOUNCES POLYGAMY

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This is interesting:
Tom Green Admits Wrongdoing Before Parole Board

Aug. 13, 2004

DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- Polygamist Tom Green told the parole board he now understands the error of his ways.

One of his wives, Linda Kunz, also claimed she now understands the error of his ways.

Green, 56, was convicted of first-degree felony rape for having married Kunz when she was 13 and was sentenced to five years to life in prison. He also was sentenced to zero-to-five-year terms on four counts of bigamy for having four other wives.
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Parole board Chairman Michael Sibbett asked during Thursday's hearing at the prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper what Green would tell his own 13- and 14-year-old daughters if one of them wanted to marry a man 25 years her senior.

"I would tell them they were not (to do it), as far as I could prevent it," Green answered. "And the man would have to seek some help (therapy)."

Sibbett asked Green where this change in attitude came from.

"From the great opportunity I've had in the last two years to do a lot of thinking and reflecting," said Green, who wept quietly during the 40-minute hearing. "It has been a very eye-opening experience and a wake-up call."

Green said his family is paying the price for the choices he made.

"We shouldn't delude ourselves with vain crusades or fancy ourselves victims or persecuted minorities to justify the things we've just made up our minds to do," Green said.

I wonder if he's sincere about it. I also wonder what's going to happen to his family. Here's the odd thing: If Tom Green gets out on parole, a condition of his parole will be than he cannot maintain his prior husband-and-wives relationships. However, if he "divorces" his plural wives, then it would seem that he could continue to live with them and not violate the conditions of his parole.

In other words, living with several women simultaneously and having children with any/some/all of them is okay as long as you are only married to one or none of them.

But since his "plural" marriages were never recognized by the state, he can't "divorce" them. So it seems like the only thing Tom Green will have to do is keep his big mouth shut. As long as he does not represent to society that he is married to more than one woman, he's safe.

What a weird situation.