Lawsuit sheds light on how Jeffs ruled FLDS

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Lawsuit sheds light on how Jeffs ruled FLDS

A lawsuit sheds light on how the church and municipal leadership are deeply intertwined on the Arizona-Utah border
Lights come on after the sun sets in Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah together are known as Short Creek, an isolated community where many followers of the FLDS church live.
Warren Jeffs sits in court as Washington County deputy attorney Ryan Shaum speaks during a motion hearing in St. George, Utah in 2007. Jeffs was facing two charges of rape as an accomplice for his alleged role in arranging the marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.
Several women dressed in traditional FLDS church attire walk on the streets of Colorado City, Arizona. This and the adjoining town are where Warren Jeffs oversaw his polygamist church and where most of his followers live.
Adrianna Hammon, right, and her friend Stacie Knudson, left, pose for a picture outside Warren Jeff’s old compound in 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Both girls were kicked out of and left the FLDS church several years ago for not following the rules. Hammon says her brothers and sisters have had rocks thrown at them while attending the public school.

Lawsuit sheds light on how Jeffs ruled FLDS

Lights come on after the sun sets in Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah together are known as Short Creek, an isolated community where many followers of the FLDS church live.
Warren Jeffs sits in court as Washington County deputy attorney Ryan Shaum speaks during a motion hearing in St. George, Utah in 2007. Jeffs was facing two charges of rape as an accomplice for his alleged role in arranging the marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.
Several women dressed in traditional FLDS church attire walk on the streets of Colorado City, Arizona. This and the adjoining town are where Warren Jeffs oversaw his polygamist church and where most of his followers live.
Adrianna Hammon, right, and her friend Stacie Knudson, left, pose for a picture outside Warren Jeff’s old compound in 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Both girls were kicked out of and left the FLDS church several years ago for not following the rules. Hammon says her brothers and sisters have had rocks thrown at them while attending the public school.