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Judge dismisses parts of lawsuit against polygamous town's water authority

Published February 28, 2013 9:08 am

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A recent court ruling in a case over water in the polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., has evaporated most of a family's claims.

Ron and Jinjer Cooke have been trying to get water hooked up to their home in Colorado City for years. But according to our partners at KUTV, a judge this week threw out almost half of their lawsuit against the town's water authority. The lawsuit claimed the family was being discriminated against because, among other reasons, they aren't part of the FLDS church.

However, the judge reportedly threw out parts of the lawsuit dealing with constitutional rights and discrimination based on disability. And despite the ruling, the Cookes will still get to argue that they are being discriminated against on religious grounds.

For its part, the Twin City Water Authority denied the family's request for water because, it said, new policies have been enacted due to water shortages.

We've been following this case since 2010, and the family is apparently resorting to hauling their own water to their home.

According to KUTV, the Cookes were not deterred by the ruling. Attorneys representing the towns also expressed optimism that they would prevail.

— Jim Dalrymple

jdalrymple@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jimmycdii