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Attorneys seek transfer of Arizona civil rights case

COLORADO CITY, Ariz. — Attorneys for polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah
border are renewing a request to move a civil rights case out of Arizona.

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland denied a previous request from
attorneys representing Colorado City and Hildale, Utah.

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued the towns, alleging they supported a
campaign of intimidation against former members of the Fundamentalist Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and denied them services.

Attorneys for the towns want the case transferred to Utah. They say 80 percent
of the witnesses live within 100 miles of St. George, and having them travel to
Prescott would be costly and burdensome.

Holland has said the travel costs to Prescott will be insignificant compared to
the overall cost of litigating the case.


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