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Tom Green Paroled with "Litmus Test" by National Polygamy Movement

Date: Aug 08, 2007
Word Count: 750 words
Cross-Reference: Tom Green, parole, "polygamy Tim McVeigh"

A member of Green's parole board in 2007 used the polygamy movement's 2004 "litmus test" – which called for him to "disappear" - to forewarn him of his parole conditions. If that "polygamy Tim McVeigh" ever goes on TV again, he will prove what a pathological liar he is - and he could be back in prison for life.

On   August   7,   2007,   Utah   Fundamentalist   Mormon   Tom   Green   was   released   on   parole.     The   broader   national   polygamy   rights   movement   always   stood   against   him,   long   before   local   Mormon   polygamists   began   going   public   in   Utah.     Moreover,   when   Green   was   first   up   for   parole   in   2004,   a   national   op-ed   was   distributed   to   the   media,   setting   a   "litmus   test"   regarding   Green’s   "remorse."     Three   years   later,   one   parole   board   member   used   that   very   "litmus   test"   as   a   forewarning   condition   for   Green’s   release. 
On   May   18,   2001,   Tom   Green   was   convicted   of   one   count   of   criminal   non-support   and   four   counts   of   bigamy. 
National   Polygamy   Advocate,   Mark   Henkel,   of   the   (non-Mormon)   organization   immediately   declared   how   Green   was   utterly   reviled   by   the   nationwide   polygamy   movement,   even   labeling   Green   as   the   "polygamy   Tim   McVeigh." 
In   a   May   20,   2001   interview   with   TalkSport   radio,   Henkel   explained,   "It's   much   like   the   situation   of   Tim   McVeigh,   back   in   1995,   bombing   the   Federal   Building   in   the   Oklahoma   City   Bombing   (on   April   19,   1995)   thinking   he's   being   this   'good   guy'   for   the   -   at   that   time   there   was   a   thing   called   the   -   'militia   movement,'   and   instead,   he   ends   up   destroying   (that   movement).   And   that's   the   same   situation   that   (Green)   poses   for   us." 
After   explaining   that   not   all   polygamy   is   based   on   Mormon   polygamy,   Henkel   re-iterated   the   national   polygamy   movement's   outrage   at   Green's   underage   crimes,   "People   have   to   know   that   when   they   hear   this   (Green)   case,   that   absolutely,   positively,   the   word,   'polygamy,'   does   not   mean   (underage),   does   not   mean   marrying   your   own   daughter   in   your   household,   does   not   mean   a   13-year-old   girl.     'Polygamy'   means   'polygamy.'" 
Three   months   later,   on   August   24,   2001,   Green   was   sentenced   -   five   years   for   the   one   count   of   criminal   non-support   and   paying   restitution   of   $78,800   for   it.     Although   the   four   counts   of   bigamy   each   carried   a   five-year   sentence,   the   sentences   were   only   to   be   served   concurrently. 
In   an   interview   with   Metro   Source   Radio   Newswire   that   same   day,   Henkel   explained,   "In   effect,   (Green   is)   actually   not   going   to   be   serving   his   sentences   for   any   of   the   'bigamy'   charges,   but   actually   only   for   the   'criminal   non-support.'     It   just   happens   to   be   worded   that   he   was   sentenced   to   five   years   for   all   of   these   five   charges,   but   the   four   'bigamy'   charges   are   merely   served   'concurrently.'     So,   he   only   serves   five   years...   for   the   true   crime   of   'criminal   non-support.'" 
In   a   separate   trial   the   following   year,   Green   was   further   convicted,   on   June   24,   2002,   of   child   rape   for   "marrying"   his   step-daughter   at   13.     On   August   28,   2002,   he   was   additionally   sentenced   to   five   years   to   life,   non-concurrently   added   to   the   five   years   he   was   already   serving   from   the   previous   trial. 
On   August   12,   2004,   Green   sought   early   parole.     Before   the   parole   board,   he   claimed   to   be   sorry   for   "marrying"   his   13-year-old   step-daughter. 
On   August   18,   2004,   an   op-ed   for   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   was   sent   to   the   media   through   -   "Pro-Polygamists   Distrust   Tom   Green’s   'Apology.'"     After   listing   the   specifics   of   Green's   history   and   pathology   of   lying,   the   op-ed   concluded   with   the   following   "litmus   test." 
Quote,   "pro-polygamists   want   that   pathological   liar   away   from   the   public   eye   forever…    
"Was   Tom   Green   telling   the   truth?       Can   the   parole   board   trust   his   new   found   sorrow?       Is   Green   really   sorry?    
"Pro-polygamists   have   a   simple   litmus   test,   and   they   will   be   watching.      
"From   now   on,   will   Tom   Green   authorize   even   one   media   interview   about   himself?       Will   he   do   anything   else   to   keep   himself   in   the   public   eye   or   in   ‘history’   regarding   polygamy   ever   again?    
"The   next   time   he   does   anything   like   that,   Tom   Green   will   prove   that   he   is   still   the   same   pathological   liar   and   hero-wannabe.     It   will   prove   that   he   really   did   lie   to   that   parole   board   and   to   the   world.    
"If   sincere,   he'll   disappear." 
Green   was   denied   early   release   that   year.     But   three   years   later,   on   July   17,   2007,   he   was   again   up   before   the   parole   board. 
Upon   the   board's   decision   to   allow   the   early   release,   one   parole   board   member,   Keith   Hamilton,   said   to   Green,   "You   get   on   TV   again,   …you   marry   someone   under   legal   age   and   if   you   ever   come   back,   …you   come   back   on   a   first-degree   (felony),   you   might   never   get   out   of   prison   again." 
The   very   "litmus   test"   established   by   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   was   given   as   a   key   forewarning   for   Green’s   August   7,   2007,   parole. 
With   that   "litmus   test"   in   place,   Tom   Green   -   the   "polygamy   Tim   McVeigh"   who   never   served   a   single   day   of   real   time   for   bigamy   anyway   –   must   now   "disappear,"   never   to   be   heard   from   again.     Never. 


Bibliographic URLs:,4670,PolygamistapossRelease,00.html 
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