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 Thuet Re-Elected as Bar Commissioner for the 3rd Division
// Apr 16, 2019
Heather is another example of Christensen & Jensen's committment to giving back to the legal community through service with the Utah State Bar. Our sincerest congratulations to Heather, and to Michelle Quist who won the other 3rd Division Commission seat as well as Heather Farnsworth, our 2019-2020 Bar President-Elect.
Stephen Kelson Selected as Keynote Speaker at Utah State Bar Spring Convention
// Mar 8, 2019
Stephen Kelson was the keynote speaker at the Utah State Bar Spring Convention in St. George this week. He presented findings on his ongoing study focusing on "Violence in the Legal Profession and a Study of Our Colleagues Nationwide."
DRI presentation "Preserving the Reocrd for Appeal" by Sarah Spencer
// Feb 28, 2019
Sarah Spencer will provide a DRI webinar presentation on "Preserving the Record for Appeal" available on May 29, 2019. Sarah's commitment to DRI events helps all members improve their legal skills and hone their craft. We are lucky to have her with C&J and congratulate her on being selected to present.