Edmunds Anti-polygamy Law
Edmunds Act was an amendment to strengthen the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Law of 1862:
· All elective offices in Utah Territory were declared vacant and a board of five members, known as the Utah Commission, was to be appointed by the US President to assume temporarily all duties pertaining to elections.
· Disfranchised polygamists and declared them ineligible for public office.
· Declared polygamy a felony, with penalty of not more than five years imprisonment and / or a $500 fine.
· Defined polygamous living, which it termed "unlawful cohabitation", as a misdemeanor punishable by six months imprisonment and/or a $300 fine.
· Polygamists, whether in practice or merely in belief, were disqualified for jury service.
· The board would issue certificates of election to those eligible for that office and those lawfully elected.
· Gave to the Utah Commission power to deprive citizens of their civil rights without a trial, which is not found in any other such federal legislation of this country or in its jurisprudence, according to Larson in "The Americanization of Utah for Statehood"
[Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm]
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