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SALT LAKE CITY — Lawyers for the polygamous border town of Hildale, Utah, have filed notice they wants San Francisco’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to jump into a dispute over compelling depositions from FLDS members about the inner workings of the polygamous church.

The notice, filed last week in a federal courthouse in Phoenix, said Hildale and Twin City Water Authority sought to quash a motion from the U.S. Justice Department to compel testimony.

Read the notice of appeal here:

That deposition testimony deals with knowledge about the Fundamentalist LDS Church, how it is structured and who leads it, according to court motions filed in the case. A federal judge in Arizona granted the Justice Department’s request to compel answers.

The U.S. Justice Department is suing Hildale and Colorado City, accusing it of violating civil rights by discriminating against those who are not members of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church.

The decision by that judge appears to conflict with a recent ruling by a federal judge here in Utah, who ruled that an FLDS member did not have to offer testimony about the church in a case involving child labor. In that case, the judge cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision and religious protections.

In that case, the U.S. Labor Department is taking company tied to the FLDS Church to court after an incident where hundreds of children were seen at a Hurricane farm picking pecans. In court filings, the Labor Department has suggested the children were removed from school to work in the fields under orders from FLDS leaders.

Jeffs, the leader of the FLDS Church, is serving a life-plus 20 year sentence in Texas for child sex assault related to underage “marriages.”

3 comments

  • money

    So who pays the lawyers for all of this?
    A court case that benifits lawyers and politicians and the media, but everyone else is meant to suffer from it.
    But who will win and loose in the end?

  • money

    Your words betray your heart.
    Judas betrayed }esus because he figured }esus had done so many miracles he could escape the evil jews and solders because “He was swimmimg in miracles”.
    So you would betray the people of Jesus because they are swimming in good and they will survive it…
    So Jesus was killed and eventually all His people by bad jews and romans and gentiles or they joined the bad ones.

    This Dispensation not all the Saints will be killed because Jesus said He would protect His Saints if He needs to send fire from heaven to do so. And they will be caught up while the final judgments sweep the land of the ones that figured the Saints where swimming in money or just didnt want to be Saints.

    Now do you really want to keep pursecuting His Saints just to see how far you can go?. Yes you do want to, you cant help yourself just like Judas.

    And Judas seeing what befell Jesus tried to hang himself but he was pulled down and kicked until his bowels fell out and he died.. And the money he was swimming in paid for his own field of graves, the field of blood.

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