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Re: Federal Court Narrows Utah Bigamy Law



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A brief follow-up to Jonathan’s post: Having tried to wade through the 91-page opinion in Brown v. Buhman, I haven’t yet formed a judgment on whether the federal district judge reached the right result. I will say, though, that the opinion is among the most poorly written opinions I have ever run across.

Plaintiffs’ lawyer (and law professor) Jonathan Turley maintains, “I don’t know how anyone could read this opinion and not be persuaded by [the judge’s] logic.” But I don’t know how anyone could read the opinion and not be exasperated by its poor craftsmanship, which renders its underlying logic (and the factual bases for its conclusions) unnecessarily difficult to discern.



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