Saturday, March 10, 2018

Four Legal Ways To Be A Bigamist


  Bigamy remains illegal in Oklahoma. That's no surprise. But there are 4 situations where the bigamist will not be prosecuted.

  1. Any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5) successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
  2. Any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
  3. Any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void, annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
  4. Any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.

§21-881. Bigamy defined.

Every person who having been married to another who remains living, marries any other person except in the cases specified in the next section is guilty of bigamy.
R.L.1910, § 2439.

§21-882.  Exceptions to the rule of bigamy.

The last preceding section does not extend:
1.  To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5) successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
2.  To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
3.  To any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void, annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
4.  To any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Criminal Asset Forfeiture Generally Forbidden

  Even when crimes have been committed and guilt has been established, Asset Forfeiture is generally illegal, in Oklahoma.
   Our first legal code was established in 1910. And unless a specific crime has a stated statutory penalty of the loss of property used in that crime or gained through the illegal activity; there is to be a protection of property rights for the convicted individual. Treason is the one exception stated in this matter.

§21-68.  Conviction does not work forfeiture.

No conviction of any person for crime works any forfeiture of any property, except in the cases of any outlawry for treason, and other cases in which a forfeiture is expressly imposed by law.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Four Legal Ways To Be A Bigamist


  Bigamy remains illegal in Oklahoma. That's no surprise. But there are 4 situations where the bigamist will not be prosecuted.

  1. Any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5) successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
  2. Any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
  3. Any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void, annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
  4. Any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.

§21-881. Bigamy defined.

Every person who having been married to another who remains living, marries any other person except in the cases specified in the next section is guilty of bigamy.
R.L.1910, § 2439.

§21-882.  Exceptions to the rule of bigamy.

The last preceding section does not extend:
1.  To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5) successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
2.  To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
3.  To any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void, annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
4.  To any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Criminal Asset Forfeiture Generally Forbidden

  Even when crimes have been committed and guilt has been established, Asset Forfeiture is generally illegal, in Oklahoma.
   Our first legal code was established in 1910. And unless a specific crime has a stated statutory penalty of the loss of property used in that crime or gained through the illegal activity; there is to be a protection of property rights for the convicted individual. Treason is the one exception stated in this matter.

§21-68.  Conviction does not work forfeiture.

No conviction of any person for crime works any forfeiture of any property, except in the cases of any outlawry for treason, and other cases in which a forfeiture is expressly imposed by law.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Four Legal Ways To Be A Bigamist


  Bigamy remains illegal in Oklahoma. That's no surprise. But there are 4 situations where the bigamist will not be prosecuted.

  1. Any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5) successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
  2. Any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
  3. Any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void, annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
  4. Any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.

§21-881. Bigamy defined.

Every person who having been married to another who remains living, marries any other person except in the cases specified in the next section is guilty of bigamy.
R.L.1910, § 2439.

§21-882.  Exceptions to the rule of bigamy.

The last preceding section does not extend:
1.  To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5) successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
2.  To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
3.  To any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void, annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
4.  To any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Impugning The Chastity Of a Woman Is a Crime

Anyone who openly or privately accuses a woman of not being 'chaste' is committing a misdemeanor, in Oklahoma. In this case, the the prosecutors do not have to prove that a woman is chaste. They just have to prove that the defendant made the claim that she was unchaste.


§21-779.  Imputing unchastity to females - Penalty.

If any person shall orally or otherwise, falsely and maliciously or falsely and wantonly impute to any female, married or unmarried, a want of chastity, he shall be deemed guilty of slander, and upon conviction shall be fined not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
R.L.1910, § 2387.


§21-780.  Imputing unchastity - Evidence necessary - Defenses.

In any prosecution under the preceding section it shall not be necessary for the state to show that such imputation was false, but the defendant may, in justification, show the truth of the imputation, and the general reputation for chastity of the female alleged.
R.L.1910, § 2389.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Abandonment Of Family IS Criminal

Abandoning and not providing for the care of a wife and/or kids (15 & under) is still a criminal act, in Oklahoma.
 Aside from civil court action and divorce court, the dependents can turn to the police and have the man arrested.


§21-853.  Desertion of wife or child under 15 a felony.

Every person who shall without good cause abandon his wife in destitute or necessitous circumstances and neglect and refuse to maintain or provide for her, or who shall abandon his or her minor child or children under the age of fifteen (15) years and willfully neglect or refuse to maintain or provide for such child or children, shall be deemed guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for any period of time not less than one (1) year or more than ten (10) years.

Added by Laws 1915, c. 149, § 1.  Amended by Laws 1923, c. 78, p. 144, § 2, emerg. eff. March 28, 1923; Laws 1997, c. 133, § 253, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 157, eff. July 1, 1999.
NOTE:  Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 253 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.

§21-854. Proof of marriage - Wife as competent witness - Duty of County Attorney to prosecute.
No other evidence shall be required to prove marriage of such husband and wife, or that such person is the lawful father or mother of such child or children than is or shall be required to prove such fact in a civil action, and such wife shall be a competent witness to testify in any case brought under this act, and to any and all matters relevant thereto, including the fact of such marriage and the parentage of such child or children.  It shall be the mandatory duty of each district attorney of this state to diligently prosecute all persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter (Chapter 31, Title 21 O.S.1951), and in all cases where the evidence is deemed sufficient to justify a prosecution for such violation, any district attorney who shall willfully fail, neglect or refuse to institute criminal proceedings to enforce such provisions, shall be subject to removal from office.
Laws 1915, c. 149, § 2; Laws 1949, p. 203, § 1.