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State v. Hildale Colorado City (religion)

Date: 
June, 2010

The State brings this civil rights action pursuant to the Arizona Fair Housing Act ("AFHA"), Arizona Revised Statute § 41-1491 to 41.1491.37, to remedy Defendants' discriminatory and unlawful housing practices, provide appropriate relief to aggrieved persons, and vindicate the public interest. Specifically, the State brings this matter to redress the injury sustained by Defendants' violation of the rights of Ronald Cooke ("Cooke"), and denial of and resistance to the full enjoyment of the fair housing rights of other persons who, like Cooke, are not members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ("FLDS"), and reside on or have applied to reside on land owned by the United Effort Plan Trust ("UEP") in Colorado City, Arizona, and seek to receive utility services, including new connections to the municipal culinary water system, from Defendants in this predominately FLDS community without discrimination, intimidation or interference based on religion.