Sunday, June 15, 2014
The battle over the Fundamentalist LDS Church’s United Effort Plan (UEP) Trust has dragged on nearly a decade, costing millions of dollars in legal bills.
The UEP Trust controls most of the homes and property in the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. Due to allegations FLDS leader Warren Jeffs mismanaged the Trust, the courts seized it in 2005. Since then, it has been involved in litigation and lack of cooperation from FLDS as the court attempts to enact reforms.
On Friday, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes went to court to push the case closer to a resolution, urging Third District Court Judge Denise Lindberg to appoint a board and finally get the state out of the UEP battle. However, Judge Lindberg said the board was not ready; she has yet to appoint members, and wants to ensure they were protected from litigation decisions. “The state is involved and in order to get to the conditions the court would like to see, we may have to be even more involved for a little while,” says Reyes.
Judge Lindberg said she hoped members of the FLDS Church would work with her as reforms were enacted to the UEP, however, many members refuse to cooperate with the courts.
See Ben Winslow, Utah Pushes for Resolution to FLDS Land Battle, Fox 13 Salt Lake City, June 13, 2014.