SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Supreme Court has ruled a polygamist sect waited too long to challenge a court-ordered takeover of its community finances.
The Attorney General's Office says the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints took no action for years after it lost control in 2005 of a common property trust.
Tuesday's ruling will help settle conflicting decisions by state and federal judges over whether Utah had the power to seize the trust.
A final decision on the dispute is expected from the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver.
The church trust owns property, homes, businesses and other assets in the sect's home base of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.
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