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Colorado City, Hildale push for dismissal of civil rights suit

Published August 28, 2012 2:40 pm

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Attorneys for the border community dominated by members of the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs have moved to dismiss the sweeping civil rights suit filed in June by the federal government.

Their argument? It's not specific enough.

"Certain factual allegations are so vague and ambiguous that the Hildale defendants are unable to intelligently and reasonably prepare a responsive filing," according to the Hildale motion. It argues for a dismissal or more information.

There doesn't seem to be much in the way of specifics in the government's original filing, (read it here) but one would presume that info is forthcoming. The attorneys say revealing that information during discovery isn't enough.

Also: Attorneys say the park/zoo that non-members were allegedly barred from visiting is not actually city property, but in fact belong to the sect's communal property trust, which is now controlled by the Utah state courts.

They also say the government should have taken other intermediate steps, like a civil action for discriminatory housing practices, before a full-blown civil rights suit.

Read the motions filed by Colorado City and Hildale.