Unformatted text preview: justify illegal activities, particularly bigamy, through an established religion and its practices? Holding: Affirmed Reasoning: The Supreme Court ultimately made a decision based on common law and Reynolds awareness and intention on committing bigamy. The Court agreed that during the first marriage, while still aware he was going to commit bigamy, Reynolds had not yet broken the law. For this, Reynolds was excused. However after his second marriage, the Court had to assume that Reynolds knew that he was committing a crime. The Court upheld the sentence because justifying an illegal activity through religion would give the image that religion is above the law of the land and “permit every citizen to become a law unto himself”....
View Full Document
- Fall '11
- George Reynolds, hard labor. Reynolds