Phoenix • Four million dollars.
That's how much an attorney representing the Cooke family ask a jury to award Wednesday. The number represents $2 million each for Ronald Cooke and Jinjer Cooke, the parents of the family who live in mostly polygamous Short Creek. The request was part of closing arguments in the Cookes' civil rights trial, which has been playing out for eight weeks in Phoenix's U.S. District Court. The Cookes say they were discriminated against for not being members of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Attorney William Walker, who represents the family, explained Wednesday that the Cookes who are not FLDS moved to the area hoping to settle down in 2008. They then spent the next five and half years without water, as well as other utilities. Walker also argued the family suffered intimidation. And were spied on. And, ultimately, were the targets of a joint church and city effort to driver them away.