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What does FLDS meeting house look like? Marshal doesn’t want to say

Here’s another deposition tidbit from the U.S. Department of Justice civil rights lawsuit against the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.

In this installment, Marshal Jeremiah Darger doesn’t want to answer questions about or draw a diagram of the Leroy S. Johnson Meeting House, even though he acknowledges being inside the meeting house while on duty.

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Darger’s reticence is one example of the dispute reporter Jim Dalrymple II wrote about last week: Officials from the towns don’t want to answer questions pertaining to Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and say they have a right not to do so under the First Amendment.

The Johnson Meeting House, often called "LSJ" in the twin towns, may be pertinent to the argument that the towns have discriminated against people who are not in good standing with the FLDS leadership. Guy Timpson has said cameras across Hildale and Colorado City, including cameras on public property, were wired into monitors in the meeting house. Timpson took shifts monitoring the cameras when he was in good standing with the FLDS leadership.

People seen on camera associating with someone they shouldn’t — apostates or anyone not in good standing with Warren and Lyle Jeffs — would be ostracized and separated from their families, Timpson has said.

­— Nate Carlisle

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