Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
The Polygamy Blog
Nate Carlisle
Reporter Nate Carlisle and photographer Trent Nelson cover polygamy for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow the Polygamy Blog on Twitter at @tribunepolygamy. Follow Nate Carlisle on Twitter at @natecarlisle. Follow Trent Nelson on Twitter at @trenthead.

» E-mail Nate Carlisle

» Subscribe (RSS)

Exxon-Valdez judge to preside over FLDS discrimination case

An Alaska judge will preside over the sweeping federal religious discrimination case filed against the polygamous sect-dominated towns of Colorado City, Ariz. and Hildale, Utah.

U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland was chosen via a random draw from the ninth district, which contains both Alaska and Arizona, according to court records.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Holland presided over litigation following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, which dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. More background here. The case was originally assigned to a magistrate judge, but then shifted up to a full federal judge.

FYI, It doesn't appear the case went to Holland because of any conflict of interest on the part of other Arizona federal judges, something that does happen in cases involving the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints cases in southern Utah.

The government also has filed to have the Ron and Jinjer Cooke discrimination case joined with the larger discrimination case, arguing the cases are "substantially similar." Read the document here.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.