News: Navy Senior Officers Vote 3-0 to Retain C&J Client Lt. David Nartker
// Apr 24, 2017
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, a three member separation panel for the United States Navy voted unanimously to retain C&J client Lieutenant David Nartker, rejecting recommendations from commanders to discharge Lt. Nartker from the Navy. Lt. Nartker had been under investigation by the Navy following an incident in January 2016 when he and ten other sailors under his command, who were transiting over 260 miles through the Persian Gulf, unknowingly strayed into Iranian waters. Following an investigation, the Navy sought to take certain steps to punish Lt. Nartker, including criminal punishment, as well as discharge from the Navy. Lt. Nartker's counsel, led by C&J attorney Phillip E. Lowry, demanded court martial rather than to allow the criminal charges against Lt. Nartker to proceed. In response, the Navy amended its charges against Lt. Nartker, and Lt. Nartker agreed to proceed to nonjudicial punishment on three of the original 12 charges against him.
The punishment imposed on Lt. Nartker set the scene for a two-day hearing in front of a three-officer separation panel in San Diego, California to determine whether Lt. Nartker would be allowed to remain in the Navy. At the hearing, Lt. Nartker was represented by Mr. Lowry, Navy counsel Lt. Allan Thorson, and C&J associate Bryson Brown. Following the two-day hearing, where the three-officer panel focused mostly on the 780-page report the Navy had prepared, the three-officer panel voted 3-0 to retain Lt. Nartker.
In an interview with Foreign Policy magazine, Mr. Lowry said, "It’s an exoneration by the rank and file of the Navy. His peers have looked at this, and they have decided that this doesn't warrant separation, they want to keep him as a colleague." When asked about Lt. Nartker's future, Mr. Lowry told the Navy Times that, "We don’t know how he’ll be reassigned or when — the Navy personnel machine has to figure that out — but essentially the flag will be removed and he’ll continue on with his career."
To read more about Lt. Nartker's story, as well as the tremendous efforts set forth by C&J attorneys Phil Lowry and Bryson Brown, read here and here.
C&J represents nurse who was assaulted after abiding by hospital policy against allowing police blood draw on an unconscious accident victim
// Aug 31, 2017
Alex Wubbels, was assaulted and arrested after explaining to police that she couldn't draw a blood sample from an unconscious person at University Hospital. A Salt Lake City police detective asked for a blood sample. After explaining to the detective that the police needed a warrant, consent from the unconscious patient, or that the patient needed to be under arrest before the blood sample could be drawn, the officer grabbed the nurse, twisted her arm back, dragged her outside, and left her handcuffed in a hot patrol car.
Three of C&J's attorneys have been selected by their peers for 2018's Best Lawyers in America awards
// Aug 17, 2017
Sarah Spencer, Phil Ferguson and Karra Porter have all been named by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America's 2018 publication. Each of these three is a legal star in their own right and these recognitions are further proof that we have the best attorneys in the state working for C&J.
Mary Corporon interviewed regarding Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott
// Jul 23, 2017
Mary Corporon faced news cameras this week in a press conference to address the status of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott. In the midst of a sensitive health situation, Mary helped the Ott family take steps to provide a guardianship for the former County Recorder's health and to step down from his position with the county. Christensen & Jensen is proud to have attorneys that are tactful, professional, and composed under pressure. A link to the interview is provided below.