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The Sandra Day O'Connor courthouse in Phoenix, where jury selection tool place Tuesday in a lawsuit involving the largely polygamist town of Colorado City.
First day of Cooke polygamy lawsuit spent selecting a jury

The first day of the Cooke trial is over and it was almost exclusively spent selecting a jury.

The 10-person jury includes six women and four men. The group was pulled from a pool of dozens of potential jurors and will have to decide if Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, violated the civil rights of residents Ronald and Jinjer Cooke.

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The trial is expected to last as long as eight weeks. If you need a refreshing on the major players in the case, check out this post from earlier today.

Other than selecting a jury, Tuesday was pretty slow; the only other things that happened were a series of legal housekeeping issues. However here are a couple of the highlights of the first day:

• United States District Court Judge James Teilborg is a fairly folksy, late-Jimmy Stewart kind of guy. He has a tendency to smile and put his hands back behind his head like he’s very relaxed. He also made an analogy in which he compared a court issue to a stink bomb, and included Snapchat — sometimes infamously known as a teen sexting app — among the tools jurors can’t use to find information about the case.

• When the jurors were asked if they knew anyone who belonged to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, one woman stood and revealed that her "hairdresser is Mormon." Teilborg explained the difference between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and FLDS church, but the comment reminded me of how much confusion there is outside of both churches over just what a "Mormon" is. And of course, that confusion also sometimes exists within the churches as well.

— Jim Dalrymple II

Twitter: @jimmycdii

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