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Judge: Time to evict families not paying occupancy fees on houses in polygamous sect


SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah judge says people living in a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border who haven't been paying occupancy fees should be evicted from their homes.

Judge Denise Lindberg's strong remarks came Friday in a Salt Lake City courtroom. She said most members of Warren Jeffs' sect have been ignoring the $100-a-month-per-house fee for too long and that "enough is enough."

She suggested starting with a few evictions to send a message, then expanding in the future.

Lindberg said she won't form a board to oversee the redistribution of 750 homes that have been in state control since 2005 until the practice of "free-riding" is dealt with.

Jeffs is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered brides.

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