Man on Utah’s death row for 30 years gets new hearing
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who has been on death row in Utah for more than three decades will get a new hearing after raising questions about the testimony used to convict him of...
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has heard arguments over the possibility of a new trial for a woman convicted as an accomplice in a police officer's killing.
Utah Supreme Court reinstates teen’s conviction
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has reinstated the armed robbery conviction of an Ogden 16-year-old who was tried as an adult and sent to prison.
The conviction had been thrown out by the Utah Court of Appeals after Cooper Van Huizen, now 21, served his sentence.
4 women file petition to bring sexual assault cases to court
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four women want the Utah Supreme Court to assign a special prosecutor to bring their sexual assault cases to court.
The women filed a petition Tuesday saying Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill's office declined to pursue charges against each of the accused men in their cases.
But Gill and attorneys in his office argue the petition ignores multiple options that victims have, and they criticize its timing — three weeks before the general election.
Utah court rules dual-path initiative won’t appear on ballot
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that an initiative measure to keep but ease the state's dual-path system for nominating candidates for political office won't appear on the November general election ballot.
The Supreme Court ruled Friday on the Count My Vote Initiative, which would make it easier for political candidates to bypass their party's convention system and get on a primary election ballot by collecting a specific number of voter signatures.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he would support Sen. Mike Lee if he was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court, but he likely wouldn't name himself as Lee's replacement if the senator was chosen and confirmed.
Lee and his brother, Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rex Lee, are both on the list of 25 names President Donald Trump is considering for the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters of a failed election reform initiative are asking the Utah Supreme Court to intervene in their case and allow voters to weigh in on the measure.
The Count My Vote group said Friday it's asking the court to disqualify requests by nearly 3,000 voters to remove signatures from a petition in support of the initiative. The group said the process for removing signatures is unconstitutional.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a key test of a state sexual abuse law, the Utah Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit against a former federal judge accused of assaulting a teenage witness when he was a prosecutor handling a white supremacist serial-killer trial.
The law under consideration allows people who say they were sexually abused to sue decades later. It was passed as recognition that it often takes people years to confront what happened.
Man sent to prison as teen seeks to overturn conviction
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Attorneys for an Ogden man sentenced to adult prison for his role in an armed robbery when he was a teenager are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the 2014 conviction because of a perceived conflict of interest with the judge who handled the case.
Ogden teen’s armed robbery case subject of special Utah Supreme Court hearing
LOGAN — Debate over an Ogden teen’s armed robbery court case rose to the Utah Supreme Court as it heard arguments on the Utah State University campus during a special event Monday, March 19.
Cooper Van Huizen, who was not in attendance, was 16 years old when he was convicted in Ogden’s 2nd District Court for his role in the robbery.
High court overturns man’s murder conviction in wife’s death
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a man found guilty of killing his wife in a moving pickup truck.
Komasquin Lopez has long maintained that his wife shot herself, and on Friday the high court tossed out the guilty verdict.
Utah bill would create process to legally change gender
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican Utah senator has proposed a process for transgender people to legally change their gender through the courts.
Todd Weiler's legislation comes as the Utah Supreme Court is weighing the case of two transgender residents who have appealed after state judges refused to grand their gender change petitions.
Weiler said Utah has a vague law that allows people to legally change their name and sex, but it wasn't indented to be used for petitions from transgender people.
Paige Petersen sworn as justice on Utah Supreme Court
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court's newest member is now on the bench.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Justice Paige Petersen was sworn in Friday to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Christine Durnam, the state high court's first female justice.
2 transgender people want sex designation on IDs changed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two transgender Utah residents, who have been denied a change in their sex designation on their driver's licenses by a state judge, are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the decision.
Angie Rice and Sean Childers-Gray both have driver's licenses and insurance cards that have their new names, but still bear the sex designations that were assigned to them at birth.
Utah court upholds dismissal of teacher relationship lawsuit
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against the Davis School District that was filed over a teacher's illegal relationship with a student.
The Deseret News reports that the Supreme Court concluded last week that under Utah law, the school district is a state entity immune from liability for physical and emotional harm suffered as the result of physical battery.
Man convicted in 2007 murder of prison guard loses appeal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Utah prison guard in 2007 lost a request this week to have his guilty plea withdrawn in the latest legal defeat for a man known for his neo-Nazi tattoos that cover his face and body.
Utah’s first female Supreme Court justice steps down
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Christine Durham has spent her life working.
Whether it was juggling odd jobs as a young woman trying to make it as a lawyer in the 1970s, or balancing her duties as a Utah Supreme Court justice, Durham spent her entire adult life with a planned — and often overflowing — schedule.
After 35 years as a Supreme Court justice — she's the first woman in the state to hold such an appointment — the 72-year-old retired this month.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court handed a major victory to anglers and advocates of recreation on the Weber River Tuesday.
Anglers win access to stretch of Weber River
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Anglers scored a key legal victory when the Utah Supreme Court ruled that a one-mile stretch of the Weber River will remain open even where it winds through private property.
State Senate confirms newest Utah Supreme Court justice
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate unanimously voted to confirm the nomination of the state's newest Supreme Court justice.
Third District Court Judge Paige Petersen will fill a vacancy created by Christine Durham's retirement, which will begin Thursday.
7 nominated for appointment to fill Utah high court vacancy
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state commission has nominated four judges and three other attorneys for appointment by Gov. Gary Herbert to fill a Utah Supreme Court vacancy.
The vacancy is being created by the Nov. 16 retirement of Justice Christine Durham. A public comment period ends Oct. 2, and Herbert then has 30 days to make the appointment, which will be subject to confirmation by the state Senate.
Gay couple denied baby through surrogate challenges Utah law
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A gay couple denied the chance to have a baby using a surrogate challenged a Utah law's reference to heterosexual parents Tuesday in a case that illustrates the legal complications LGBT couples can face when starting families amid a national patchwork of surrogacy laws.
In our opinion: Utah Supreme Court ruling does not condone heavy-handed parenting
Spanking only abusive if there is proof of harm, Utah Supreme Court says
Case challenging ‘extreme’ Ogden gang rules moves ahead
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has refused to toss out a lawsuit from two Utah men who say they were falsely labeled as gang members under sweeping city rules that forbid alleged members of an Ogden street gang from being seen together in public.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah in the Monday ruling. The ALCU says Ogden's gang injunction was extreme and violated First Amendment rights.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Salt Lake City in the fatal shooting of a man's dog by police searching for a missing 3-year-old boy.
Sean Kendall challenged two state laws requiring that plaintiffs in suits against police pay a fee and post a bond. But the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday said Kendall's appeal didn't state grounds for overturning a lower court's ruling that Kendall lacked legal standing to sue.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that a man's sketch of himself naked and holding his daughter was "not overtly sexual," reversing the man's conviction on two counts of dealing in materials harmful to minors.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2tqwgR8 ) Monday that the court found the man's lawyer to have been ineffective for failing to raise a free-speech defense — a defense justices believe would have been successful.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing showed bias for the defendant because he was a former Mormon bishop, according to an official complaint filed Thursday by a gay rights group.
Mark Lawrence of Restore our Humanity said the group sent the complaint to the state Judicial Conduct Commission, which can recommend the Utah Supreme Court reprimand or remove Judge Thomas Low.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on complaints against a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing (all times local):
A woman says she plans to file an official complaint against a Utah judge who called a man convicted of sexually assaulting her a "good man" during sentencing.
Julia Kirby said Thursday that she wants the state Judicial Conduct Commission to know the remarks were "emotionally damaging."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tesla's push to sell its all-electric vehicles in Utah hit another roadblock Monday when the state Supreme Court upheld a decision by Utah licensing officials to deny the automaker a license to sell new cars.
Tesla had argued that a state law barring car manufacturers from owning dealerships didn't apply to the company. Tesla sells its cars directly to customers rather than using independent dealerships, something Tesla attorneys argued is vital to their business.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah Supreme Court ruling on Tesla's bid to sell cars in the state (all times local):
Tesla says it's disappointed that the Utah Supreme Court has ruled against the company in its push to sell sleek, all-electric vehicles in the state.
The company said in a statement Monday evening that it will pursue all options to sell in Utah, including working with the Legislature.
Supreme Court upholds 2007 revenge slaying conviction
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man sentenced to life in prison for a 2007 revenge killing.
The Deseret News reported Friday (http://bit.ly/2ndCEaS ) that the high court upheld the conviction of 32-year-old Anthony James Prater, who shot and killed 35-year-old Vincent Samora. Prosecutors said the drive-by shooting was motivated by testimony Samora provided against Prater's former cellmate.
Utah Supreme Court upholds conviction for 2007 retaliation killing
Utah chief justice calls on lawmakers to fund drug treatment
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's chief justice is calling for lawmakers to continue their work on judicial reforms by funding treatment options for drug offenders.
Utah Supreme Court chief justice reflects on changes to judicial system
Utah Supreme Court to hear stream access case
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court will once again take up the issue of whether anglers and outdoor enthusiasts can use rivers and streams that run through private property.
The state's high court will hear two cases on the matter Monday and decide if it agrees with two lower court decisions that river and stream access should be kept open, reported The Deseret News (http://bit.ly/2hSxfHy ).
Utah Supreme Court declines to hear appeal in John Swallow criminal case
Supreme Court asked to overturn revenge slaying conviction
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An attorney for a man sentenced to life in prison for a 2007 revenge killing has asked the Utah Supreme Court to overturn her client's conviction.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2eW1FTH ) that attorney Kristina Ruedas on Wednesday argued that evidence used to convict Anthony Prater was insufficient to prove his guilt.
Opponents of Provo bus route lose bid in Utah Supreme Court
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Provo and Orem residents are taking their fight against a new bus route back to district court.
The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2f0HOCr) that protesters are not giving up despite the Utah Supreme Court's denial of a request for a writ to order a ballot referendum on the matter.
In the ruling, the high court says the petitioners should have taken the issue to district court first.
Utah Supreme Court may hear Swallow’s case involving emails
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's highest court will consider whether to hear former Attorney General John Swallow's argument to toss public corruption charges.
The Utah Court of Appeals on Friday kicked Swallow's petition seeking a dismissal of charges up to the Utah Supreme Court.
A judge ruled in August that prosecutors and who obtained thousands of private communications between Swallow and his attorney did not violate his constitutional rights.
Husband appealing bail after murder conviction overturned
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man whose murder conviction was overturned in the death of his wife is appealing a judge's decision to keep him behind bars on $1 million bail.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2cYWSAo) Conrad Truman is asking the Utah Supreme Court to reconsider a motion to lower his bail ahead of a new trial on the charges in November. His lawyers argue that Truman is now presumed innocent and there's no reason to keep him behind bars.
High court dismisses ex-Miss Utah’s case against Provo
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Citing an unpaid court fee, the Utah Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Miss Utah who says she was wrongly arrested on suspicion of stealing from the skin-care company Nu Skin.
The lawsuit against the city of Provo and its police was thrown out because lawyers for Elizabeth Craig missed paying a $300 court fee required for suing public agencies, the high court decided.
Hundreds mark Greek church centennial
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several hundred former parishioners including Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas this week celebrated the 100th anniversary of a Greek Orthodox Church in Price, Utah.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2b88hLI) the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church was the cultural focal point for thousands of mining families in the early 1900s.
Utah lawmaker files suit against elections officials over disqualified ballots
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker who lost in June's GOP primary by nine votes filed a lawsuit Monday against state and county elections officials, asking the Utah Supreme Court to allow about 100 ballots that were disqualified in his race to be counted.
Provo, Orem residents take bus rapid transit fight to state Supreme Court
PROVO — A group of Utah County residents who want plans for a new bus rapid transit system in Provo and Orem to be decided by voters is asking the Utah Supreme Court to intervene in the case.
The group's petitions to put the adoption of the transit system to a citizen referendum were rejected in both cities on July 21. In a petition for writ for extraordinary relief filed Friday, the group claims the petitions meet all...
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah County residents who oppose a proposed transit project say they will appeal to the Utah Supreme Court since their referendum petitions to block the bill were blocked.
Orem and Provo sent on Thursday alerted opposing groups that the petitions, although validated by the Utah County clerk with the number of names needed, would not be referred to the November 2017 ballot.
Both cities' councils approved signing lease agreements this spring that...