Colorado City Manager Accuses Department Of Justice Of Prejudice
PHOENIX — Colorado City Manager David Darger took the witness stand Wednesday to defend his city in the Justice Department’s federal trial against Colorado City and Hildale, Utah.
In his testimony, Darger denied the Justice Department’s accusations the city is under the control of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and discriminates against non FLDS church members.
Darger then turned the tables and accused the Justice Department of prejudice against the FLDS faith.
Both Colorado City and Hildale were originally settled by FLDS church members. The FLDS church broke off from the mainstream Mormon faith to continue practicing polygamy. The towns of Colorado City and Hildale have long had a tense relationship with outside authorities.
Darger is currently on probation after pleading guilty to misusing public funds. During his direct examination, Darger claimed the federal government used this civil lawsuit to get Darger’s probation officer take photos inside his bedroom. He called it an effort to humiliate and intimidate him.
When Justice Department lawyer Sean Keveney cross-examined, Darger appeared to avoid eye contact. The cross-examination seemed to play out as a battle of wills between the two men.
At one point, Darger told Keveney he didn’t trust him because he believed the lawyer had developed “prejudice and animosity” towards those with FLDS convictions.
The trial is in its fourth week.
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