The Latest: Judge who fell ill to return to polygamy trial

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Posted: Feb 22, 2016 5:09 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge falling ill during a trial over discrimination allegations against polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border (all times local):

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2:50 p.m.

A judge presiding over a trial involving two polygamous cities along the Arizona-Utah border is expected to return to the bench after he fell ill in the courtroom and was taken away in an ambulance.

U.S. Judge H. Russel Holland was carted on a gurney Monday after he said that he had been suffering from bronchitis.

U.S. District Judge Stephen McNamee said later in the day that Holland is doing well and intends on being back in court Tuesday.

Holland is overseeing a civil trial in which Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, are accused of discriminating against people who aren't members of the polygamous sect.

The communities deny the allegations.

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11:45 a.m.

A federal judge presiding over a trial involving a polygamous community in Arizona and Utah fell ill on the bench and was taken away from the courthouse in an ambulance.

Judge H. Russel Holland became ill Monday as the defense presented its case. He was taken out of the courthouse on a gurney.

The 79-year-old Holland is overseeing a civil trial in which the Justice Department alleges the governments and police in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale Utah, operate as an arm of a polygamous sect.

Holland is an Alaska judge who was appointed to the bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He is one of several visiting judges from other courts who hear cases in Arizona.