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Kody Brown knew what he was getting himself into when he signed on for Sister Wives, the TLC reality show about his one-husband, four-wife, sixteen-child family. Polygamy, as you probably know, is illegal in all 50 states. By revealing their marriage to the world, Brown and his wives are risking a jail sentence for felony polygamy. Sure enough, the Sister Wives stars were the subject of a recent investigation, and now may be facing prosecution by the Utah County Attorney.
So what does the head of the household have to say in his defense?
"I just hope they don't put me in jail for loving four women," 42-year-old ad salesman Kody Brown tells People.
During the investigation, Brown said that prosecution was "a risk worth taking." Let's take a look at what he's risking here. Kody Brown and his wives could be facing jail sentences of up to five years. We'd imagine that his career as an ad salesman would suffer if he were facing criminal charges. Since the Mormon church forbids polygamy (despite a long history of it), the devout family could also be kicked out of church. And what about the kids, who could be losing their entire family and support network? What makes that risk worth taking?
Brown's wives say that they wanted to do the show so that they could stop living in fear of being discovered. But more importantly, they want to prove to America that polygamy isn't all bad.
"We understand the outrage and confusion over our lifestyle," wife Robyn Brown tells People. "We're still Frankenstein and freaks to a lot of people."
The Browns have certainly succeeded in showing a new side of polygamy, which most of America knows only from sensational cult cases (remember the Warren Jeffs compound?) and TV dramas (like HBO's Big Love). But will their children pay the price?
The Brown family will discuss the investigation on Thursday's Oprah Winfrey Show.
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