Warren Jeffs' brother doesn't have to testify at trial

Warren Jeffs' brother doesn't have to testify at trial

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PHOENIX (AP) — The brother of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs doesn't have to testify at an upcoming trial that will examine allegations that two towns on the Arizona-Utah line have discriminated against nonbelievers.

U.S. District Judge Russel Holland says Thursday that he was unpersuaded by the U.S. Justice Department's claim that it will be prejudiced if Lyle Jeffs doesn't testify at the trial that's set to begin Tuesday.

Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, are accused of denying housing, water services and police protection to people who aren't members of the sect.

The towns deny the allegations.

Jeffs argued he would face a burden in traveling to Phoenix for the trial.

Justice Department lawyers can still show jurors Jeffs' deposition.

Jeffs invoked his right against self-incrimination during his deposition.

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