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For background to this story, I highly recommend reading my previous diary on the polygamous towns of Colorado City, Arizona/Hildale, Utah which will help you to understand the dynamic of what has taken place--and IS taking place--in these towns.

The background and new story will largely be told via news video.

The history of what has now led to competing police enforcement is ugly; a department of local marshals entirely beholden to now imprisoned rapist and continuing "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [FLDS], Warren Steed Jeffs.

In an effort to deal with the church-controlled marshals, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne attempted to pass a bill that, due to the decertification of so many of the town's marshals, would have collapsed the agency and replaced it with a police force not beholden to the FLDS; the Arizona Mojave County Sheriffs. The bill sailed through the state senate but failed in the state house.

Warning: The following video may not be appropriate for those sensitive to physical abuse.

                                   

Link to video. [http://www.azfamily.com/...]

On June 21, shortly after the state bill(s) failed, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the twin towns and two of their utility companies alleging religious discrimination. The charges--sections of which I include in my previous diary--are quite serious.

This video pretty much lays it all out and is quite disturbing:

                                   

Link to video. http://www.azfamily.com/home/Justice-Department-sues-two-FLDS-towns-160575905.html}

Warning: the video below may not be suitable to those particularly sensitive to physical abuse or animal abuse.

                                   

Link to video. [

                                   

Link to video. [http://www.azfamily.com/...]

In the meantime, Attorney General Horne scraped up a maximum of $500,000.00 and yesterday, Friday, at 9AM, the Mojave County, AZ Sheriff's office began patrolling the town.

Now, when a woman is being beaten or a child abandoned on the roadside, or perhaps a woman wants to leave the FLDS cult, something can and will be done. There is hope.

                                   
Link to video. [http://www.azfamily.com/...]

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There are many things one could hammer AZ Attorney General Tom Horne on, but his actions in this case isn't one of them. Please send AG Horne a letter of support thanking him for helping to level the field of justice in Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, Utah. It can be short, but sending it and supporting his work here is essential to help protect the people of these cities, FLDS and not. It also inadvertently helps to show support for the DOJ litigation, which you might mention you also support.

e-mail:              civilrightsinfo@azag.gov
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Thank you so much for reading this and I sincerely hope you will take the easy action above and help to support those that so badly need help.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:08:29 AM PDT

  •  thanks for your diaries on this horrific (5+ / 0-)
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    situation.  hopefully, they will do some good by bringing all this to the light of day.  

    I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

    by SeaTurtle on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:49:27 AM PDT

    •  You are most welcome. I hope you will take the (3+ / 0-)
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      action mentioned at the end of the diary. It will only take a minute to send an e-mail.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:51:01 AM PDT

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  •  I also appreciate your continued attention to (1+ / 0-)
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    and reporting of these abominations.  Unfortunately, none of the video links appear on my screen so my knowledge/understanding is somewhat limited.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:57:30 AM PDT

    •  Well, rats. I guess I should link them. Will go (0+ / 0-)

      back and do that.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:59:04 AM PDT

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  •  This is one of those days (3+ / 0-)
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    when viewing your videos doesn't sound like a good idea for me.  I do appreciate your continued attention to this matter and am glad to know that there is some alternative now for the people imprisoned in that town.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:10:56 AM PDT

    •  I'm so sorry you are having a bad day. I (1+ / 0-)
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      hope I outlined enough to give the general picture.

      Might you send the e-mail requested at the end? Supporting fair application of law in the town for those FLDS and not is extremely critical.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:13:08 AM PDT

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      •  It's not a bad day, it's just (1+ / 0-)
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        a vulnerable one.  A friend's daughter describes such times as "having no skin on."  I can certainly send the email, though!

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:19:37 AM PDT

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        •  I understand, and thank you so much for sending (1+ / 0-)
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          the e-mail. It is very important.

          202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

          by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:21:32 AM PDT

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  •  But the Marshall's are still there? (1+ / 0-)
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    When both converge on a "scene" who has jurisdiction?  Is that known?

    Thanks for your work on this.

    Somebody said Party! I got excited. I love Parties! Especially Parties with exclamation marks! Now I'm sad because there's not a Party! h/t AnnetteK ;-)

    by EdMass on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:13:06 AM PDT

    •  Yes. Both are still there. In one of the videos, (1+ / 0-)
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      the Mojave County Sheriff says he believes that the marshals will back down. In fact, it is said that the sheriff's will have the marshalls ARRESTED if they interfere.

      They believe the Sheriffs have the ultimate power. In this case, the Sheriff's office has long been critical of what is going on there, but ONLY after enough people complained.  If you read what happened to Ruby Jessop, here (short of it is that her disappearance by church members was called into the Sheriff. Sheriff went to the home where they were told she was "on vacation" (a fabrication), it makes clear how this works. She is hardly the only one.

      Ruby's story is petrifying. And it is not uncommon.

      I think after this and many other failures, the Sheriff began to realize that something was very wrong. Eventually, working with the state and feds and private investigators, they became much more proactive but the fact was that without funding, they couldn't do much of anything.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:20:23 AM PDT

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  •  This is Sandusky/Penn State Western Edition (1+ / 0-)
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    Where were the authorities in Arizona and Utah while all this was going on?

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:21:32 AM PDT

    •  There was a raid in AZ in 1953 which turned into a (4+ / 0-)

      pity party and cost the then-governor his office. In AZ, it's been pretty much hands off since that time. Almost nothing has been done.

      The state hoped to convict Warren Jeffs on charges, but gave the charges up when the two women who were part of the suit got cold feet and it became apparent that Texas had a stronger suit. Texas finally did convict Jeffs.

      Utah has been a lot of words, for the most part, but little action. They did up the legal marrage age for minors in the last year or so from 16 to 17 to try to give more cover to minors forced into marriages by family at the hand of the "prophet" and note that the FLDS is NOT the only polygamous group in Utah. It is one of many.

      A lot of people allege that because Utah has so many LDS legislators, and the polygamy, like it or not, comes from Joseph Smith the first LDS Prophet and polygamy remains, illegal or not, in the faith's holy books, many don't really want to touch it. Some suggest there is silent, if tacit, agreement with the outlawed practice. Others suggest that many want to ignore it hoping it just isn't talked about or in any way associated with the LDS church and its history.

      My feeling is that there is both involved along with complications of trying polygamy. The Utah Attorney General's office takes this position:

      Polygamy is illegal in Utah and forbidden by the Arizona constitution. However, law enforcement agencies in both states have decided to focus on crimes within polygamous communities that involve child abuse, domestic violence and fraud.
      In closed communities like the FLDS or the Kingston Clan etc., even finding out about child abuse is extremely difficult and largely after-the-fact.

      If you remember the Texas FLDS raid, the children and women all lied about virtually everything and the main reason Texas was able to proceed to kick Warren Jeffs into court then prison was because of, literally, billions of pages of records they obtained during the raid AND materials confiscated in the vehicle he was in when finally captured while on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. He was convicted for raping two underaged girls, 12 and 15. The latter had his child. Since then, 11 others have been convicted on various charges.

      So, in answer to your question, they sat on their damn hands for years but now are finally doing something. It's not enough, but it's a start.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:40:51 AM PDT

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      •  Rmoney? (2+ / 0-)
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        A lot of people allege that because Utah has so many LDS legislators, and the polygamy, like it or not, comes from Joseph Smith the first LDS Prophet and polygamy remains, illegal or not, in the faith's holy books, many don't really want to touch it. Some suggest there is silent, if tacit, agreement with the outlawed practice. Others suggest that many want to ignore it hoping it just isn't talked about or in any way associated with the LDS church and its history.
        Not that his family has any history....

        Somebody said Party! I got excited. I love Parties! Especially Parties with exclamation marks! Now I'm sad because there's not a Party! h/t AnnetteK ;-)

        by EdMass on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:59:46 AM PDT

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        •  He has said it is horrid, but who knows what he (2+ / 0-)
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          really thinks. I think it is safe to say we cannot believe ANYTHING he says.

          202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

          by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:43:55 AM PDT

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    •  BTW, you might want to see how even (1+ / 0-)
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      Oprah screwed up big time. It was a sham on her behalf and led people to believe the issue of child marriage didn't exist. It was terrible.

      Watkiss, who has won journalistic awards for his reporting, was really pissed off as you will see.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:51:45 AM PDT

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  •  I sent an email. Thank you for giving me an (1+ / 0-)
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    action item to help.

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 01:43:15 PM PDT

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