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  • Judi Lynn (7965 posts)
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    Judge tosses lawsuit against attorneys for polygamous group

    Judge tosses lawsuit against attorneys for polygamous group
    Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press

    Updated 7:36 pm, Wednesday, January 11, 2017



    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday against polygamous leader Warren Jeffs that claimed the sect’s longtime Utah law firm created a veneer that helped perpetuate abuses such as child labor and underage marriage.

    U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart decided that lawyers who represented leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were not responsible for alleged misdeeds by the secretive group based on the Utah-Arizona border.

    He also said many of the claims were too old to be decided in court, ruling that the sect’s representation by law firm Snow, Christensen and Martineau was common knowledge, even for members who said they were forbidden from contact with the outside world.


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  • Enthusiast (11136 posts)
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    1. Weird fuckers.


    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
  • pinduck (1109 posts)
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    2. The AP article doesn't really make sense to me. I am familiar with this Mormon

    group centered in the border towns of Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ, and know that the federal government has gone to court to have the local police disbanded because evidence indicates the police are just an armed adjunct of this polyg group.

    I only had incidental professional contact with church members but heard many the stories about the cult-like atmosphere of the group. It’s not a new group at all, probably a century old or so, and they do limit any outside contact. Since the area is surrounded by federal land, mostly Bureau of Land Management, using it for public recreation has an element of risk since this group is heavily armed and seemingly paranoid.

    Why this judge thinks some issues are too old for judicial review is puzzling unless the AP omitted reference to case law and limiting statutes.

    "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."