The Cooke lawsuit continued Tuesday morning with testimony from Seth Cooke, Ronald Cooke's brother. Seth's comments ranged from building permits to non-FLDS persecution in the largely polygamous Short Creek community, but his most relevant remarks had to do with water hookups — the lack of which prompted Ron and his wife Jinjer to sue.
During Seth's testimony, the Cooke's attorney William Walker presented him with a series of letters and forms signed by various Colorado City officials. The documents dated back to 2008 and, as Walker pointed out, none of them mentioned any water shortage.
City officials denied the Cookes water based on an alleged shortage. Attorneys for Colorado City, Ariz., and neighboring Hildale, Utah — which collectively make up Short Creek — also have argued that the Cookes failed to comply with city policy.