Ariz. Town Discriminated Against Residents, Court Says.

 
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Officials at a town in Arizona allowed the community to fall under the control of a polygamous religious sect that discriminated against people who were not members, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court and ruled in late August that officials in Colorado City, Ariz., retaliated against residents who were not members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) by denying them access to municipal water and instructing the police to ignore their requests for help.

The U.S. Justice Department sued the town's leaders, asserting that they had violated the civil rights of non-church members. Town officials argued that the discriminatory actions were not "official...

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