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Colorado City attorneys want case moved to Utah from Arizona

Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 12:38 p.m. MDT

Hildale, Utah sits at the base of red rock cliff mountains with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz. in the foreground Thursday, April 20, 2006.

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COLORADO CITY, Ariz. — Attorneys defending a polygamous town in Arizona against allegations of civil rights violations have joined in a request to move the case out of the state.

A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in June claims that officials in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City have supported a campaign of intimidation against former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and denied them services.

Residents of both communities largely are made up of members of the FLDS, run by jailed leader Warren Jeffs.

The Hildale defendants had asked a judge to move the case to Utah to cut down on travel time and expenses for the parties and witnesses. The Colorado City defendants joined in the motion this week.

Prosecutors haven't filed a response.

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