Part of lawsuit against polygamous towns dismissed
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Part of a federal civil rights lawsuit against two polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona border has been dismissed.
Federal court documents show that a U.S. District judge ruled that Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, did not operate a community park and zoo included in the lawsuit.
That made claims that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints denied access to the park and zoo to non-FLDS members irrelevant to the lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department opted not to fight the judge's decision.
The rest of the Department of Justice's lawsuit remains intact. The lawsuit alleges that the towns have supported a campaign of intimidation against former members of the FLDS and denied them services.
The polygamous sect is run by jailed leader Warren Jeffs.
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