FLDS Trial To Resume Tomorrow; Raids Continue In Hildale
A civil rights trial against two polygamous cities along the Arizona-Utah line is scheduled to resume Wednesday.
The trial was put on hold after U.S. Judge H. Russel Holland fell ill on Monday and was taken away from the courthouse in an ambulance.
Initially, Holland was scheduled to return to work Tuesday.
But a court record was later issued saying the trial would resume Wednesday.
The U.S. Justice Department has accused Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, of functioning as agents of a polygamous sect.
The cities are accused of discriminating against nonbelievers by denying them housing, water services and police protection.
The communities deny the allegations.
Before the trial was put on hold, Holland told jurors that he had been suffering from bronchitis.
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors are indicting top leaders and members of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday that the leaders of the sect diverted funds from Utah's nutrition assistance program for inappropriate use.
Eleven people are charged in the scheme, including Lyle Jeffs and Seth Jeffs, who are brothers of imprisoned polygamous leader Warren Jeffs.
Lyle Jeffs runs day-to-day operations in the polygamous community of Hildale, Utah, on the Arizona border. Hundreds of law enforcement agents have been raiding businesses in the town Tuesday.
Seth Jeffs leads a branch of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in South Dakota.