1,196 Signatures, Appeal Lenient Polygamy Sentences

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ELEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-SIX ASK FOR APPEAL

REQUEST SENT TO PETER WILSON, PROSECUTOR 

Vancouver, BC. July 16, 2018. The original change.org petition Appeal Blackmore/Oler’s Lenient Polygamy Sentence: Protect Canadian Children, was sent to BC Attorney General, David Eby this morning with a follow-up request to Peter Wilson, the Prosecutor on the Bountiful, BC. Polygamy Case.The Petition, and the Reasons for Signing, can be found at https://chn.ge/2IKduKy.

As of this morning, 1,196 ordinary, concerned people, are asking the BC Government and the BC Justice System to appeal these sentences—which change nothing for the children and women of Bountiful. The number of signatures on the petition continues to grow.

Reasons for Signing range from: “ . . .disgusting that this evil serial sex offender is not in jail for life, let alone 5 years . . . Sending him home to continue raping those children????!!!!! . . .He shows no remorse and plans to continue his practice . . . an insult to all the children these pedophiles have defiled . . insult to ALL Canadian women . . . insult to the rule of law . . .a joke and almost a reward and not a punishment or a deterrent . . . a slap in the face of all who have spoken out against the leaders of these groups who abuse and exploit women and children . . .Imagine that was YOUR 15-year-old child . . .”

1,196 ordinary, concerned people want change, and are asking Peter Wilson to appeal these lenient polygamy sentences.

Polygamy Sentence Cruel Joke – Petition to B.C. AG David Eby

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POLYGAMY SENTENCE CRUEL JOKE PETITION TO B.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL, DAVID EBY

Vancouver, BC. July 2, 2018. Maggie Rayner has started an on-line petition to ask David Eby, Attorney General for B.C., to arrange an appeal of the polygamy sentences handed down in the Cranbrook Courthouse last week. She believes the lenient sentences are a cruel joke and no deterrent for any polygamist.

Rayner, raised in Richmond in a mainstream Mormon family with polygamous ancestors, began lobbying the B.C. government in 2004 to protect the children and women of Bountiful from the harms of polygamy. She was told the reason that the government did not enforce existing child protection laws in Bountiful was the conflict between the section of the Canadian Criminal Code declaring polygamy illegal and and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms granting freedom to practice religion. When this conflict was resolved in the Courts, Rayner was hopeful that the recent conviction of Winston Blackmore and James Oler for polygamy, would offer a better future to the children and women of Bountiful.

While the Criminal Code outlines a sentence of imprisonment for five years, the lenient sentences: six months house arrest and one year’s probation for Blackmore, three months house arrest and one year’s probation for Oler, have left her frustrated.

Blackmore, who has 24 wives (nine were underage and two were 15 when he married and impregnated them) and 149 children, will carry on doing what he’s always done. He’s allowed to leave home to go to work, to appointments, and for any other duties he considers necessary. He’ll continue to collect the staggering large monthly child tax credit from the B.C. government paid for by taxpayers, as well as other government benefits. His children will continue to receive religious education in a school funded by taxpayers, and his babies will continue to be born in a private midwife’s client in Bountiful—hidden from public overview—built and paid for by taxpayers.

While Oler has left Bountiful and is living in Alberta, Blackmore can continue to do what he’s always done, and nothing has changed for the children and women in the community. At issue for Rayner is the inability of the girls and young women of Bountiful to give informed consent to practice polygamy. Most have only a grade six education, if that, heavily weighted with religious doctrine and homemaking skills. All have been indoctrinated since birth to submit to sex with a man old enough to be their grandfather. None of Blackmore’s 24 wives were independent, educated women when he married them.

Rayner’s on-line petition asking David Eby, Attorney General for B.C., to arrange an appeal of the sentences with the B.C. Prosecution Service can be found at change.org https://chn.ge/2IKduKy under Appeal Blackmore/Oler’s Lenient Polygamy Sentence: Protect Canadian Children.

Polygamists Sentenced to a Few Months House Arrest with Privileges

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, convicted Fundamental Latter-Day Saint polygamist Winston Blackmore, of Bountiful, B.C. was sentenced to 6 months house arrest and one year’s probation for practicing polygamy. He is allowed to leave home to: go to work, for personal appointments, and to perform duties he considers necessary. His punishment for practicing polygamy with girls and young women unable to give informed consent, is to carry on doing what he’s been doing for the last 30 years.

Blackmore, 61, has 24 wives and 149 children. DNA and birth certificate evidence at trial showed that nine of his wives were under 18, and two were 15, when he married and impregnated them. The majority of his wives have only a grade six education, if that, funded by BC taxpayers in Bountiful’s school which is heavily-weighted with religious doctrine and homemaking skills. None of his wives were independent, educated women, capable of making an informed choice, when he married them. They had been indoctrinated since birth to submit to sex with a man old enough to be their grandfather. While the RCMP filed an affidavit in 2009 listing the evidence that Blackmore had impregnated nine, since raised to 10, underage girls he has never been charged with rape or sexual assault.

James Oler, also a convicted polygamist from Bountiful, B.C., who has five wives, two under 18 when he married them, was sentenced to three months under house arrest and one year’s probation. Unlike Blackmore, Oler has been banished from the church and from Bountiful by Warren Jeffs, the pedophile prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Oler lives in Alberta and no longer has any contact with his wives, children or anyone else in the community. The Crown is currently appealing his acquittal last year of transporting a child to the states for sexual purposes.