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.
Heather Thuett to present on Principled Negotiations - When to Hold 'em and When to Fold 'em
// Jan 29, 2018
On February 9th, C&J's own Heather Thuett will be presenting at the 4th Annual Intermountain Construction Defect & Dispute Conference. Heather will speak on the subject of negotiations and "when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em."
There are some 200 cold cases of murders or missing persons in Utah, yet the state has no comprehensive up-to-date database that would help law enforcement bring perpetrators to justice. A new organization, the Utah Cold Case Coalition, says agencies could be doing a much better job sharing information and solving old homicides and disappearances.
Tanner Lenart featured on KUER on liquor laws in Utah
// Dec 20, 2017
Tanner Lenart, C&J's premier attorney specializing in liquor laws, was featured on KUER this week. Learn how a law designed for strip-clubs complicated the showing of the movie Deadpool at Brewvies in Salt Lake City. Tanner's clients are mostly bars and restaurants, she helps them navigate Utah’s complicated alcohol regulations.