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Polygamous towns altered police reports, federal judge says, but won't be sanctioned

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SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Justice will not sanction Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border for intentionally altering police reports.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1ESJPuW) that although Federal Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Friday that town marshals altered the reports, he said the twin towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona have since made efforts to find the originals.

The reports were requested as part of a 2012 lawsuit the justice department filed, alleging that the towns have supported a campaign of intimidation against those outside of the sect, denying them housing and services.

An attorney for Hildale said police were trying to finalize reports and correct embarrassing grammar and spelling mistakes.

Holland said he may inform the jury about the altered reports when the case goes to trial.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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