Appeals court rules against Colorado City in discrimination case

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SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has ruled against Colorado City, Ariz., in a longstanding discrimination case against the stronghold of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

According to a report from Fox13Now, in a ruling handed down Monday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the city’s appeal of a lawsuit leveled by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The feds sued Hildale and Colorado City, arguing that the town governments discriminated in services against non- or ex-members of the FLDS church. They also argued that the police force was more loyal to polygamist leader Warren Jeffs than they were to the law.

A jury sided with the federal government, and a judge ordered the communities to be supervised to ensure compliance with his orders.

In its ruling, the 9th Circuit judges rejected Colorado City’s argument that a lower court made a mistake in imposing liability on governments for constitutional violations committed by their officers and agents. The town government also challenged the admission of FLDS leaders’ statements in court as hearsay.

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Written by BEN WINSLOW,

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