Colorado Connections to the Texas Polygamy Case

April 2008

A Colorado Springs woman, Rozita Swinton, has been named as a "person of interest" in the Texas Polygamy Sect case. Her phone number was linked to calls made to report abuse at the compound. And Aspen resident and attorney Gerry Goldstein, whose law office is in San Antonio, is now lead counsel for the sect which is challenging the raids on the compound.

Aspen attorney and constitutional gladiator Gerry Goldstein has defended Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, outlaw journalist Hunter S. Thompson and National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws founder Keith Stroup. Now he can add a secretive polygamist sect with a penchant for pioneer-style dress to his peculiar client list. Goldstein, 64, recently signed on as lead counsel to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose 1,700-acre compound was raided by authorities in Texas earlier this month after they received phone calls from someone who claimed to be a teenage girl whose 50-year-old husband beat and raped her. Police are investigating whether the call was a hoax, possibly engineered by a woman in Colorado Springs with a history of making false reports to law enforcement.

Wherever Hunter Thompson is, I'm sure he's smiling and congratulating the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for its excellent choice of counsel.

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