Quantcast
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)




(The twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, where many followers of Warren Jeffs' FLDS church reside. Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo)
Who’s who in the civil rights lawsuit from mostly polygamous Short Creek

As of Tuesday morning , jury selection in the Cooke lawsuit was underway. I wrote yesterday about the basics of the case, but if you want an even briefer summery here it is: the case will decide of the towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, discriminated against a family because they are not members of the FLDS Church.

There are a lot of players in this case, but I’ve compiled a short list of the major figures. These are the people that will be quoted and referenced in future stories about this case.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The plaintiffs

Ronald and Jinjer Cooke » The Cooke family — Ronald, Jinjer and their three children — moved to Colorado City in 2007 to be near family and friends. Ronald was raised in the FLDS Church but left in his late teens and moved to Phoenix to work construction. Jinjer has never been a member of the FLDS Church.

The family lives in a home owned by the United Effort Plan. They sued because the city wouldn’t give them a water connection. In addition, Ronald is disabled; in 2005, a truck hit him while he was doing road work in Phoenix. He suffered an array of injuries in the crash and, according to court documents, needs water to clean medical equipment and avoid infection.

William Walker » Walker is an Arizona-based attorney representing the Cooke family.

Sandra Kane » Assistant Attorney General Sandra Kane works in her office’s civil rights division. Though the case was filed by the Cooke family and Walker, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office joined it in September 2010, about three months after it began. Kane studied at Arizona State University.

The defendants

Jeffrey Matura » Matura represents Colorado City, Ariz., in the lawsuit. The Phoenix-based lawyer works at Graif Barrett and Matura and specializes in commercial litigation, insurance law and municipal and governmental law. Matura finished law school at Notre Dame in 1999 and has a B.A. from Carleton College.

Blake Hamilton » Hamilton represents Hildale, Utah, and serves as the town’s city attorney. Based in Salt Lake City, Hamilton practices with the firm Stirba, P.C. His areas of expertise include civil rights litigation, governmental entity defense, tax law and other things. Hamilton attended Weber State University before earning a law degree and an MBA at Gonzaga.

— Jim Dalrymple II

Twitter: @jimmycdii



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.
 
Jobs
  • 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.