Utah AG tells state judge he can't pay judgment

Utah AG tells state judge he can't pay judgment

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By PAUL FOY
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge who ordered Utah to pay for a troubled state takeover of a polygamist sect is urging Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to redouble efforts to wrangle the money out of legislators.

Shurtleff was put under oath and grilled Friday by a state judge about why he hasn't paid the $5.6 million judgment - money owed to managers working to break up a communal land trust run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Shurtleff says his agency doesn't have the money and that it will take months to get it from legislators. The attorney general says court-appointed accountants and their lawyers were supposed to take their fees from the sale of the church's assets. However, a string of pending lawsuits has frozen many of those assets.

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