Judge to hear bid to move civil rights case in polygamous towns
Published: November 28, 2012 08:30PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 08:30PM

Phoenix • A federal judge will hear arguments Friday on a request to move a civil rights lawsuit against two polygamous towns out of Arizona.

The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in June claims that officials in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City have supported a campaign of intimidation against former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and denied them services.

The defendants had asked a judge to move the case to Utah to cut down on travel time and expenses for the parties and witnesses.

Government lawyers say the defense hasn’t made a strong case against keeping it in Arizona.

Each side will be given 15 minutes to make arguments.