SALT LAKE CITY — A trial began in Phoenix Wednesday in a civil-rights lawsuit
that says municipal officials loyal to a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona
border denied a household water connection to a family that doesn’t belong to
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Arizona Assistant
Attorney General Sandra Kane accused the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints of using public utilities as a weapon of discrimination.
Kane says Ronald Cooke was denied a water hook-up when he returned with a
family in 2008 to his boyhood town of Short Creek _ a collective name for
Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.
Lawyers for the towns insisted in opening arguments that a water shortage was
the reason for refusing service.
The trial is expected to last eight weeks.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com