Justice Department files lawsuit against polygamous towns

06/22/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNews // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Utah – The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against towns near the Utah-Arizona border for purported civil rights violations. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the lawsuit accuses the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona of discriminating against citizens who are not members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, allowing them to be victimized by those who are members of the religious faction.

The lawsuit is quoted by the AP as asserting, “The cities’ governments, including the Marshal’s Office, have been deployed to carry out the will and dictates of FLDS leaders, particularly Warren Jeffs and the officials to whom he delegates authority.”

It is further quoted as stating, “The Marshal’s Office has inappropriately used its state-granted law enforcement authority to enforce the edicts of the FLDS, to the detriment of non-FLDS members.”

FLDS leader Warren Jeffs is currently incarcerated in Texas.

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