April 21, 2008 5 Comments
sounds something like this:
(CBS) Many of the men in the polygamist sect in Eldorado, Texas didn’t know it is illegal to marry someone under 18, one of them tells Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez in an exclusive interview.
… Asked by Rodriguez if he was saying older men don’t marry adolescent girls in the compound, Edson replied, “I didn’t say that at all, but I think that people have a false concept of what our religion is all about. To say that they’re sexually abused and that people here are — they haven’t found anything to my knowledge that proves that.
… But I think that, overall, they look at us as if we’re immoral people and, in our own makeup, that is the very most important part of our religion, is to be morally clean. I have a hard time standing here being a criminal, when I had no idea that I’m a criminal.
(Videos of the interview can be seen here)
emphasis and cringe added. ‘Ignorance of the law is no excuse‘ is just a starting point for the kind of conniptions this might produce. It has been a minute since I checked, but I have a dim recollection that once you say goodbye to your fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination, it is gone for good…