Ex/Non-FLDS Protest Illegal Proposal
A group of former FLDS members living in the Short Creek area on UEP property protested today in Salt Lake City. Attorney General Shurtleff on two occasions continued to hammer out “back room deals” with FLDS leaders after the other parties to the mediation had declared an impasse. Most recently, on Friday May 22, after a full day at one final attempt to resolve a global agreement to the UEP litigation and issues, the “parties” were unable to reach a settlement. Bruce Wisan explained in comments to the media that the sides were not close to an agreement after he had left the mediation with Arizona Assistant Attorney General Bill Richardson. Nevertheless Mark Shurtleff continued to meet with FLDS leaders and has stated that he will be circulating a “Letter of Intent” that he hopes the parties will sign off on or the Court will approve.
Apparently no one has seen the mysterious “Letter of Intent” but if it is anything similar to the last UEP proposal, it casts out non-FLDS members from the twin cities, and relegates them to a veritable refugee camp based on their religious beliefs and practices.
Not only would such a result be unacceptable to a large number of beneficiaries, it would also be: 1. a taking without due process, and 2. a government and judicial establishment of religion — both or which are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.
Brooke Adams from the Salt Lake Tribune was apparently present and spoke with Katie Cox, widow of Don Cox. When Don passed away recently, Don’s life estate on UEP property terminated. If the Shurtleff deal were approved, Katie Cox would be one of the first people kicked out of their homes and banned from the community simply because she is a does not practice or believe in the FLDS religion. It has been reported to me that Brooke was not interested in talking about religious persecution against Katie Cox — Brooke wanted only to talk about whether Katie’s position on the UEP advisory board was in jeopardy for speaking out against Mark Shurtleff.
A special note to Katie Cox from the Administrators at FLDS TEXAS – we support and applaud your position in opposition to AG Shurtleff’s attempts to force an illegal and discriminatory settlement in violation of your rights.