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Judge to decide future of polygamous towns

Posted at 5:35 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 07:49:23-05
A jury verdict against two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah for discriminating against nonbelievers now puts the future of the communities in the hands of a judge.
 
Federal authorities haven't specified the changes they'll seek in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, but the judge has several options for remedying the sweeping constitutional violations.
 
Those options include disbanding the towns' shared police force, one of the targets in the Monday's verdict.
 
A jury concluded the towns violated the rights of nonbelievers by denying them basic services such as police protection, building permits and water hookups.
 
U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland is expected to order changes to the communities in the coming months.