Canadian official may appeal ruling on polygamy charges
A top law official in Canada is considering an appeal after a court threw out polygamy charges against two men, who claimed the nation's Charter of Rights and Freedoms permitted them to have several wives, reports Ecumenical News International.
"The first order of business will be to read the decision in its entirety, which I have not done yet," said Mike de Jong, attorney general of British Columbia, after the court's 23 September decision.
"Obviously, I will talk to officials within the ministry and a decision will be made around a possible appeal." Winston Blackmore, aged 52, and James Oler, 44, from Bountiful, British Columbia, belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), an offshoot of the mainstream Mormon church, which formally renounced polygamy in 1890.