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South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Law Against Bigamy

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a state law that makes bigamy a crime.

The high court’s unanimous decision will allow South Dakota prosecutors to pursue a charge against a North Dakota man.

Michael Clements was living in Ashley, N.D., when he was charged with bigamy for marrying a woman in Aberdeen, S.D., in 2011 before his divorce from a North Dakota woman was final.

A circuit judge dismissed the charge. The judge ruled that because Clement’s second marriage was never legal, it was impossible for him to have committed bigamy by being married to two women at the same time.

The Supreme Court overturned the circuit judge’s ruling. The justices say bigamy is committed when someone enters into a purported marriage contract while still married to someone else.

source: Associated Press

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