- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A civil rights trial against two polygamous cities along the Arizona-Utah line has resumed after a one-week hiatus that was called after the case’s judge fell ill.

U.S. Judge Russel Holland returned to the bench Monday in the U.S. Justice Department’s discrimination case against Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.

The communities are accused of functioning as agents of a polygamous sect.

Holland raised concerns with lawyers about whether jurors heard about last week’s indictment of some church leaders on food-stamp fraud charges.

Once jurors came into court, they said they hadn’t heard news about the communities or church in the last week.

Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.

The communities are accused of discriminating against nonbelievers by denying them housing, water services and police protection. They deny the allegations.

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