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Matura said Wednesday that both a UEP employee and Jessop — whose deposition he played in court — referred to the Cookes as a test case. The Cookes also refused to comply with city policies, Matura and Hamilton argued, which was the real reason they weren’t getting utilities.

Hamilton later criticized the judgment the Cookes are seeking, saying that they too were out to get money and Walker simply pulled the $4 million figure "out of the sky." Among other things, Matura and Hamilton also argued that other non-FLDS people in the community, including critics of the church, had utilities, and that the Cookes’ attorneys brought up irrelevant topics like the FLDS Church that weren’t actually part of the case.

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"They are trying to distract you from the real issues," Matura said to the jury. "They want you to get so angry over these non-issues that you take it out on the defendants."

The closing arguments took nearly the entire day. The jury will begin deliberations in earnest Thursday. If they don’t finish in a single day, they will return next week to continue.


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