News: Jury Returns "Mitigated Guilt" Verdict Following Two-Week Trial in High Profile St. George Murder Case
// Feb 10, 2017
C&J criminal defense attorneys Mary C. Corporon and J.D. Lauritzen, along with their co-counsel Gary Pendleton, recently obtained a "mitigated guilt" verdict for their client in a high profile murder case in St. George, Utah following a two-week trial. The case, which began in 2010, saw a number of twists and turns over the more than six years before the trial began in late January 2017, including prosecutors withdrawing their request for the death penalty following a motion from Mary and her co-counsel Gary Pendleton. During trial, Mary, Gary, and J.D. fought hard to introduce into evidence statements by their client that tended to show that he acted in fear for his own life on the night of the murder. While the court excluded the aforementioned statements for most of the trial, the court reconsidered and reversed its own ruling at or near the end of trial. By allowing the mitigating evidence to go to the jury, the court agreed to instruct the jury on the circumstances of "special mitigation," which the jury found by its verdict reducing the conviction from aggravated murder to murder. To learn more about trial, as well as the jury's verdict, read here, here, and here.
Tanner Lenart interprets Utah’s peculiar liquor laws so the rest of us don’t have to
// May 2, 2018
Christensen & Jensen Attorney Tanner Lenart was featured in Salt Lake City Weekly today to get her take on Utah liquor laws. Tanner helps restaurateurs, bartenders and patrons understand the laws passed during Utah's short annual legislative session this year.
Nate Alder named as one of Utah State Aggies' ten most influential alumni
// Apr 27, 2018
The Utah Statesman, the student-led newspaper at Utah State University, has named C&J’s Nate Alder as one of Utah State’s ten most influential alumni. It solicited and gathered nominations for its “50 Most Influential Aggies” to identify individuals for their list.
Geoff Haslam, Nate Alder, and Karra Porter speak at Utah Association for Justice Event
// Apr 20, 2018
Geoff Haslam and Nate Alder were speakers at a nuts & bolts seminar sponsored by the Utah Association for Justice titled, "When is Mediation Useful and How to Make it Most Effective." Karra Porter spoke in the afternoon on "Preserving Matters for Appeal During Trial and What Happens After Verdict."