After being accused of discrimination, Hildale and Colorado City to appeal judge’s rulings

SALT LAKE CITY — The border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., have given notice they intend to appeal a judge’s rulings in a long-running discrimination case against them.

Attorneys for the town governments filed a notice this week in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that they plan to go to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hildale attorney Blake Hamilton told FOX 13 on Friday they did not disagree with all of the judge’s decisions, but filing a notice of appeals allows them to pursue challenges to portions of the rulings the towns have issues with.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the town governments, alleging they discriminated in services against non-members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church. The Colorado City Town Marshal’s office was also accused of acting as de facto agents for imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

The towns have long been the stronghold of the Utah-based polygamous sect. Jeffs is serving life, plus 20 years in a Texas prison for child sex assault stemming from the practice of underage “marriages.”

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Written by BEN WINSLOW,

Copyright 2017, KSTU. A Tribune broadcasting station

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1 Comment

  • SteveSGU July 23, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Please get your terminology correct, so as to not confuse things regarding the LDS Church in your reporting. You are not speaking of the “Fundamentalist LDS Church;” you are speaking of the FLDS Church. That is the correct abbreviated name of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The phrase “fundamentalist LDS Church” would be used to describe how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City is fundamentalist in nature.

    There is a difference, and the difference is significant.

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