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Case Name YearDecision of the CourtTopic Group(s)   
Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. 1451878Upheld federal law prohibiting polygamy. Free Exercise Exemptions-Miscellaneous

Polygamy


 
Miles v. United States, 103 U.S. 3041880In prosecution for bigamy, calling second wife to testify against husband violates spousal testimonial privilege; voire dire may inquire into belief that polygamy is religiously required. Polygamy


 
Cannon v. United States, 116 U.S. 551885Meaning of "cohabit" in criminal statute is "living together as husband and wife," and does not require proof of sexual relations. Polygamy


 
Cannon V. United States, 116 U.S. 551885Meaning of "cohabit" in criminal statue is "living together as husband and wife," and does not require proof of sexual relations. Polygamy


 
Clawson v. United States, 114 U.S. 4771885Upholding indictment for cohabitation and polygamy notwithstanding exclusion of Mormons from serving on grand jury. Polygamy

Religious Tests for Public Office


 
Murphy v. Ramsey, 114 U.S. 151885Upheld federal law disenfranchising polygamists. Polygamy


 
Cannon v. United States, 118 U.S. 3551886Cannon v. United States, 116 U.S. 55 (1885), was vacated for want of jurisdiction. Polygamy


 
Snow v. United States, 118 U.S. 3461886Appeal from multiple convictions for cohabitation for different years with same woman was dismissed for want of jurisdiction. Polygamy


 
In re Snow, 120 U.S. 2741887Reversing multiple convictions for cohabitation for different years with same woman because offense was inherently a single continuous event. Polygamy


 
Ex Parte Hans Nielsen, 131 U.S. 1761889Mormon who pleaded guilty of cohabitation (living together as husband and wife when married to another) could not also be tried for adultery. Polygamy


 
Bassett v. United States, 137 U.S. 4961890Conviction for polygamy reversed where wife permitted to testify against husband contrary to testimonial privilege between spouses. Polygamy


 
Davis v. Beason, 133 U.S. 3331890Upheld conviction for falsely taking oath to the effect that one was not member of polygamous organization. Polygamy


 
Late Corp. of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints v. United States, 136 U.S. 11890Upheld revocation of Mormon Church charter and confiscation of church property. Church Property

Polygamy


 
Late Corp. of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints v. United States,140 U.S. 6651891Decree entered on opinion reported at 136 U.S. 1 (1890) Church Property

Polygamy

   
Chatwin v. United States, 326 U.S. 4551946Defendant who persuaded minor female to join him in "celestial" marriage is not guilty of kidnapping. Polygamy


 
Cleveland v. United States, 329 U.S. 141946The transportation across state lines of plural wives by members of polygamous sect was for an "immoral purpose" within meaning of the Mann Act. Polygamy


 
Musser v. Utah, 333 U.S. 951948Conviction for polygamy vacated and case remanded for consideration of state law questions. Polygamy

Religious Speech


 

Except for those entries preceded by an asterisk, Professor Carl H. Esbeck, Isabelle Wade and Paul C. Lyda Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Columbia prepared and copyrighted the text under the column entitled "Decision of the Court." L. Martin Nussbaum, co-chair of the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Religious Institutions Group prepared the text under the column entitled "Decision of the Court" which is preceded by an asterisk. The Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP Religious Institutions Group gratefully acknowledges Professor Esbeck's permission to reprint the text which he prepared.

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