More controversial facts and allegations are surfacing in the Lisa Steed scandal.
The former Utah Highway Patrol officer is accused of wrongfully arresting hundreds of Utah residents for drunk driving.
One attorney is pushing a class action lawsuit against Steed and the state. He alleges that Steed routinely violated police protocol and that her supervisors knew about it.
Being on parole in Utah is difficult and man individuals on supervised release often feel unfairly targeted by police officers.
One Utah man was recently able to suppress evidence of drugs that police officers found in his car during a traffic stop. The Utah Supreme Court found that police officers unreasonably extended the length of a traffic stop to search the man's vehicle.
The case involves a man named Craig Gurule who was known to local police officers for his drug involvement. Police officers received an anonymous call of a possible drug deal at the Springville Allen's grocery store. Upon leaving the store, officers saw Gurule leaving the store and decided to start following him.
Jeffrey Charles Zander was sentenced to over five years in prison for allegedly embezzling money from the Paiute Tribe.
Federal authorities say that beginning in 2005, Zander applied for grants on behalf of the tribe and pocketed more than $175,000 for his personal use.
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer sentenced Zander to 68 months in federal prison. He was also ordered to pay over $200,000 in restitution. Zander's convictions include mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and failure to file tax returns. The convictions followed a one-week trial.
It is well-known that illegal aliens face deportation anytime that they are convicted of a crime. What is less commonly understood is that even individuals who are legally in the U.S. could be deported if they are convicted of certain crimes.
One Sandy man faces deportation after being convicted in connection with a Ponzi scheme.
Utah prosecutors bring a large number of drug prosecutions every year. Many drug cases involve possession crimes, in which a person is caught with a controlled substance on their body.
One of the least commonly understood facts about drug possession is that a person can be charged with drug possession even when they do not have any drugs on their person.
A Utah appeals court recently rejected the appeal of Brad R. Ricks, a man convicted of homicide after killing a drinking buddy.
The Pissing Match Turns Deadly
Brad Ricks and his friend Maurice Lee were drinking together one evening in 2009. The two men started what Ricks characterized as a "pissing match about who had the balls big enough to do something."
The so-called pissing match turned serious when Lee suggested that Ricks get his gun.
U.S. District Judge David Sam recently sentenced a South Jordan man to over six years in federal prison for wire fraud.
The man was charged with wire fraud in connection with an alleged real estate investment scheme.
The Utah Department of Justice reports that the 42-year-old South Jordan man will spend 78 months in prison and another 36 months on probation. He was sentenced last Monday in Salt Lake City.
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that the man founded two companies, Twin Peaks Financial and MNK Investments, to take advantage of the booming Utah real estate market prior to 2008.
A 31-year-old South Jordan woman was recently sentenced to prison for money laundering. U.S. district court judge Ted Stewart sentenced the woman in Salt Lake City.
Money laundering is the act of taking large amounts of money that was illegally obtained and funneling it through a legitimate source. The effect of money laundering is creating the appearance that the illegal funds came from a legitimate source.
Judge William A. Thorne Jr. recently upheld the conviction of a man accused to selling crack to an undercover officer.
The man was convicted of distributing or arranging to distribute a controlled substance, which is a felony. The man appealed his conviction due to various evidentiary problems in the case.
Attempted sex crimes are one of the most complicated areas of Utah criminal law. Unlike crimes such as rape and sexual assault, the prosecution of a solicitation crime is characterized by applying vague laws to highly subjective fact-intensive situations.
The Supreme Court of Utah recently clarified the difference between solicitation of a minor and an attempted sex crime.
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