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Ex-trust attorneys barred from representing sect

Ex-trust attorneys barred from representing sect

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake City law firm has been barred from representing members of a polygamous sect in lawsuits aimed at regaining control of a property trust now in state control.

Third District Judge Denise Lindberg says attorney Rodney Parker and the firm Snow, Christensen & Martineau have an "irreconcilable conflict" that mandates disqualification as attorneys for members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Parker and the firm represented the United Effort Plan trust for 17 years. The state court seized the trust in 2005.

The firm now represents several FLDS members in lawsuits filed against the trust and its court-appointed manager, Bruce Wisan.

Lindberg on Wednesday also ordered the firm to hand over any trust records in its files.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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