SALT LAKE CITY — For a second time, the Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a polygamist sect waited too long to challenge a court-ordered takeover of its community finances.
State lawyers have long maintained that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints lost its opportunity by taking no action for years after it lost control of the property trust in 2005. The trust owns most of the homes, businesses and other assets in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.
Tuesday’s decision could help settle conflicting decisions by state and federal judges over whether Utah had the power to seize the trust, lawyers on both sides said.
Utah Solicitor General Bridget K. Romano called the dispute a “many-headed beast in many jurisdictions.”