Utah Appellate Report

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Utah Appellate Cases Released March 20-24, 2017

CRIMINAL State v. Edgar, 2017 UT App 54 (Mar. 23, 2017) (Voros, J.) (affirmed) State v. Edgar, 2017 UT App 53 (Mar. 23, 2017) (Voros, J.) (affirmed) State v. Edgar, 2017 UT App 52 (Mar. 23, 2017) (Voros, J.) (affirmed) State v. Ricketts, 2017 UT App 51 (Mar. 23, 2017)...

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Utah Appellate Cases Released March 13-17, 2017

ADMINISTRATIVE Friends of Great Salt Lake v. Utah Department of Natural Resources, 2017 UT 15 (Mar. 15, 2017) (Lee, A.C.J.) A group sought to halt a mining lease granted by a State agency. The State agency dismissed the group’s challenge, and the district court...

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Utah Appellate Cases Released March 6-10, 2017

CRIMINAL  State v. Prater, 2017 UT 13 (Mar. 7, 2017) (Pearce, J.) A jury convicted the defendant of aggravated murder, obstructing justice, and discharging a firearm. The Utah Supreme Court affirmed the convictions, holding: The district court did not plainly err when...

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Utah Appellate Cases Released February 27-March 3, 2017

CRIMINAL / EVIDENCE State v. Thornton, 2017 UT 9 (Feb. 21, 2017) (Lee, A.C.J., majority; Durham, J., concurring) At a trial for rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse of a minor, the district court admitted evidence of the defendant’s past misconduct under Utah R. Evid....

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Utah Appellate Cases Released February 20-24, 2017

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE In re Bates, 2017 UT 11 (Feb. 22, 2017) (Durham, J.) A district court suspended an attorney from the practice of law for five months. The Utah State Bar appealed, asking the Utah Supreme Court to elevate the sanction to disbarment. The Utah Supreme...

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Utah Appellate Cases Released February 13-17, 2017

CRIMINAL State v. Tirado, 2017 UT App 31 (Feb. 16, 2017) (Christiansen, J.) A defendant was convicted of a drug crime and argued on appeal that his attorney labored under a conflict of interest when he concurrently represented the defendant’s cousin on related...

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Utah Appellate Cases Released February 6-10, 2017

BAR ADMISSION Kelly v. Utah State Bar, 2017 UT 6 (Feb. 6. 2017) (Durrant, C.J.) An attorney who graduated from a foreign law school sought a waiver of Rule 14-704(c)(5) of the Utah Rules Governing Bar Admission, which requires a graduate of a foreign law school to...

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Utah Appellate Cases Released January 30-February 3, 2017

ATTORNEY FEES & LIENS Rehn v. Christensen, 2017 UT App 21 (Feb. 2, 2017) (Voros, J.) A client sued an attorney when the attorney refused to remove an attorney’s lien on the client’s property for outstanding attorney’s fees. The client prevailed in some causes of...

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Utah Appellate Cases Released January 23-27, 2017

CRIMINAL South Jordan City v. Summerhays, 2017 UT App 18 (Jan. 26, 2017) (Roth, J.) A prosecutor charged the defendant with violations of a protective order, charged those violations as class B misdemeanors, and filed the information in justice court, where the...

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