News: 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.
Attorney Karra Porter presented officer bodycam footage today at a press conference disclosing the assault and wrongful arrest. Wubbels’ No. 1 concern is to prevent a recurrence of what happened to her, and to help others who might find themselves in a similar situation. Someone with less training or understanding may have allowed the patient's confidentiality and safety to be put at risk. If you or someone you know has been involved in an unlawful assault, contact the experienced attorneys at Christensen & Jensen for advice on your civil rights.
(Update 9/4/2017) : Since we first published this news update, the video of Nurse Alex's arrest has gone viral and the story has been picked up by many national media outlets.
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.