Arizona jury sides with family in polygamist sect lawsuit

An Arizona jury on Thursday agreed that a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border discriminated against a family that doesn't belong to the church and awarded them $5.2 million.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a jury in Phoenix's U.S. District Court on Thursday sided with attorneys who argued the family was denied a household water connection for religious reasons.

Ronald Cooke says he and his family were discriminated against when they returned in 2008 to his boyhood town of Short Creek -- a collective name for Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.

Lawyers for the towns argued the family was denied utilities because they did not fill out paperwork correctly.

They say they're considering appealing the jury's decision.

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