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Polygamous towns face deadline on response to discrimination verdict

(AP) Two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah face a Monday deadline for handing in written closing arguments over how to respond to a jury verdict that concluded the communities discriminated against non-believers.

The remedies proposed earlier by the U.S. Justice Department include disbanding the marshal's office shared by Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.

The federal agency contends the Marshal's Office operates as an arm of the Fundamentalist Church of Justice Christ of Latter Day Saints, a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, which disavowed polygamy more than 100 years ago.

A jury concluded 10 months ago that nonbelievers were denied police protection, building permits and water hookups by officials in both towns.

The towns have in the past opposed the request to disband the police department.

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