Note to Self: “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” May Not Be Legally Binding

LTB default 777x437

This transcript from a CNN report records a great argument by Larry Burns, attorney for a woman who was married to three men (independently). Julia Bish was already married to Randy Bish when she married Sgt. Mark Hunt last year in Las Vegas. Randy and Mark then found out that Julia also married yet another man, also in Las Vegas, in 2002. Julia Bish was arrested in her home state of Pennsylvania and charged with bigamy.

The legal argument: "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Brilliant, but controversial. CNN checked it out with a law professor to make sure they had it straight:

LARRY BURNS, JULIA BISH'S ATTORNEY: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Pennsylvania has no jurisdiction over actions of people out in Las Vegas and they [sic] never have.

     TUCHMAN:  Is that true?

PROF. MICHAEL BROYDE, EMORY UNIV. SCHOOL OF LAW: If you are validly married to a person in Pennsylvania and then you validly marry another in Las Vegas, you have violated the bigamy statute. No question about it.

Well, that's his opinion. – Transcripts