Justice Dept. Sues Arizona, Utah Polygamous Towns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department is suing two polygamous towns along the Utah-Arizona border, claiming religious discrimination against non-sect members.

The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., where most residents are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, run by the group's jailed leader Warren Jeffs.

Jeffs is serving a life sentence in Texas for child sex and bigamy, but he is said to still maintain control of the communities.

The lawsuit claims the two towns, the Colorado City/Hildale Marshal's Office and utility entities deprive non-sect members of their constitutional rights by denying them "housing, police protection, and access to public space and services."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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