Judge Drops Part of Federal Suit Against FLDS Church
A federal judge in Phoenix, Ariz. has thrown out part of a federal law suit against the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz. The U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Colorado City and Hildale did not operate a community park nor a zoo included in the lawsuit, which made claims that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints denied access to the park and zoo to non-FLDS members irrelevant. The U.S. Justice Department opted not to fight the judge's decision.
The rest of the department of justice's lawsuit remains intact. The lawsuit alleges that the towns have supported a campaign of intimidation against former members of the FLDS and denied them basic services.
The polygamous sect is run by jailed leader Warren Jeffs who is in a Texas prison after his conviction on child sex charges.