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Polygamous town marshal says he doesn’t know if he’s in FLDS

On Saturday, Jim Dalrymple II reported on the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., and a disagreement over whether town officials have to answer questions about their religion or if they have a First Amendment right against doing so.

This week, we’ll post some of the deposition excerpts entered into the court record.

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One town official the government wants more information from: Marshal Shem Jessop.

In the attached deposition, you can read how Jessop claims not to know if he is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Or at least that was his answer before his attorney, Blake Hamilton, objected to the line of questioning.

Oh, and those surveillance cameras we’ve been reporting on, Hamilton said Jessop couldn’t discuss details of those because the cameras are considered private under Utah record laws.

— Nate Carlisle

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