It all comes down to this: Are a pair polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona border controlled by the FLDS Church?
That's the central question in a trial beginning this week in Phoenix. The trial is the culmination of a lawsuit by Ronald and Jinjer Cooke, who live in mostly polygamous Colorado City, Ariz., but who themselves are not members of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Cookes filed their lawsuit in 2010 and believe their civil rights were violated.
In a nutshell, the lawsuit is over a residential water hookup. The Cookes moved to the community in 2007 and in 2008 asked the city to turn on utilities including water, electricity and sewage. In 2010, the city finally ran electricity to the home but refused to connect the water. According to court documents, the Cookes believe the city refused and therefore violated their civil rights because they are not members of the FLDS Church.