Winston Blackmore’s tax evasion trial starts on Monday, January 23, 2012

2011-06-04

Mormon fundamentalist leader must testify in tax case and reveal details of polygamy and child brides in Bountiful

Vancouver Sun  –  Canada    June 8, 2011
Polygamous leader’s tax trial set for January By Daphne Bramham | Vancouver SunPolygamous leader Winston Blackmore will testify under oath for the first time about his ‘lifestyle’ during his 12-day trial in federal Tax Court begins Jan. 23, 2012.
Blackmore had asked for an unprecedented ban on the publication and use of any witness testimony or evidence related to polygamy during his tax trial so that none of that information could be used against him in any future criminal trial. His motion was denied by Judge Campbell Miller. Blackmore is not appealing the decision and now has three months to pay the $50,000 in court costs that Miller ordered him to pay.
Polygamy is illegal in Canada, but the law is under review by Chief Justice Robert Bauman of the B.C. Supreme Court, who was asked by the B.C. government to determine if the criminal sanction is constitutional since the Charter of Rights guarantees religious freedom and freedom of expression.
Blackmore’s unprecedented request was denied earlier this month, clearing the way for his trial which is also a precedent-setting case to determine how he and his extended family ought to be taxed.
Blackmore is appealing the reassessment of his personal income tax filings for 2002 to 2006 that concluded he had under-estimated his earnings by $1.5 million and the $147,000 he was assessed in penalties.
At issue is whether Blackmore’s large family (which includes 19 or more wives and more than 130 children), plus his extended family of siblings and their multiple wives and children constitute a “congregation” for tax purposes.
The government of Canada says they don’t. Up until 2002 when he was ex-communicated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Blackmore was the bishop of the congregation in Bountiful, B.C. Since then, the government says he and his family are not “a constituent part of any religious organization.”
In Tax Court, it’s up to the taxpayer to prove that the government’s interpretation is wrong. So, it will be up to Blackmore, his wives and others to prove that they all lived and worked together and share beliefs. And under cross-examination, lawyers for Canada will be able to ask questions about all of that including how many wives Blackmore had during the disputed tax years and where they all lived.
This article was found at:
http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thinktank/archive/2011/06/08/polygamous-leader-s-tax-trial-set-for-january.aspx

(Note:  Thank you, Perry Bulwer, for your archiving of these articles on your blog.  Perhaps, after Mr. Blackmore reveals his many “wives”, aka concubines, we may see polygamy charges laid against the man.)
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  1. If you click on the link above after the words “This article was found at” you will see that it is a dead link. Let me explain.

    In that archive where the above article was added, I posted articles in their entirety because of the problem of link rot. That happens when the original url of a web page is subsequently changed so that the original url is either completely dead or no longer directs to the original page.

    That archive is intended for educational and research purposes, which is why I archived entire articles. That is also why I put the original url where I found the article at the end of each article, along with all other identifying information such as the name of the originating publication, the date, and the author’s name at the top of the article, to make it easier for future researchers.

    So, what you have posted above is the original article in the Vancouver Sun as found on my blog archive. Where the original article is now on the Sun website I have no idea, but any researcher wanting to find that out at least has the original url to help with that search.

    Here is the url for the page on my blog where the article above and other related articles are found:

    http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.com/2011/06/mormon-fundamentalist-leader-must.html

    That page also contains links to almost every article on that site related to polygamy.

    For reasons I explain on the homepage, I no longer add new articles to that archive except in the comments section. If I come across a news article that updates reports already in the archive, then I add those articles in the comments section after the relevant article. Subscribing to the comments is thus the best way to follow updates to that archive.

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