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.
Steve Kelson's research on violence against attorneys cited by ABA Journal
// Aug 31, 2018
The recent ABA Journal features Steve Kelson in an article discussing violence against attorneys. Steve has reviewed nearly 12,0000 surveys from 27 states all on his own time to help the ABA compile national numbers. This recognition of his work is well deserved.
7 Attorneys from C&J selected for 25th edition of 'The Best Lawyers in America'
// Aug 15, 2018
The Best Lawyers 2019 edition was released today and 7 attorneys from Chistensen & Jensen were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America publication. Geoff Haslam was also named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for his work in Insurance Law.
American Board of Trial Advocates welcomes Ruth Shapiro
// Aug 10, 2018
Christensen & Jensen's own Ruth Shapiro recently became a full member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA is an "invitation only" organization that invites members of hight personal character and honorable reputation.