Summarized by Eileen Bell
Incest Trial Sheds Light on Polygamy in Utah
Los Angeles Times 4Jun99 L7
By Julie Cart: Times Staff Writer
A trial "not about polygamy" has brought attention to the practice. The
recent incest conviction of David Kingston brought a dramatic finale to a
story that has been unfolding over the past year.
It began when a 16 year old girl told police she had been beaten by her
father, for refusing to continue in her polygamous marriage to his brother.
This article recoups much of the story that has come out in various ways
since May of 1998.
The trial saw her uncle's first wife testify, as well as a woman believed
to be a plural wife. David Kingston will be sentenced on July 9th.
Criminal defence lawyer Ed Brass says he doesn't this case will set any
precedents. "I've seen polygamy wax and wane as an issue here. There's
horrendous child abuse cases that take place every day and they don't get
the attention of this case. I don't think, legally, it will be significant."
A founder of an anti-polygamist group thinks some good will come from the
trial. "This gives girls trapped in polygamy the hope that they can
escape, they can control their own lives."