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Feds shoot back in civil rights case

Published September 19, 2012 8:22 pm

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Department of Justice attorneys say their civil rights lawsuit against Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, is plenty specific.

Their motions (read Hildale motion and Colorado City motion) come in response to a motion to dismiss filed by attorneys for the towns, which are dominated by members of the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs.

The towns' attorneys say the feds didn't provide enough detail when they sued the cities, alleging a widespread pattern of discrimination against non-FLDS members.

But the DOJ says its 50-paragraph complaint is "neither vague nor ambiguous" and attorneys for the towns are asking for things they should request during discovery.

The DOJ also responds to the argument that the towns shouldn't be held responsible for alleged discrimination at two parks because the property actually belongs to a communal trust now controlled by the state of Utah.

The government says that doesn't wash.

"That title to the zoo and park are not held by Colorado City or Hildale does not free those municipalities from liability ... at those facilities, particularly where the park and zoo are operated or managed by the cities," the motion states.