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News: Jury Returns "Mitigated Guilt" Verdict Following Two-Week Trial in High Profile St. George Murder Case
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.

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Nine Christensen & Jensen Attorneys Named to Utah ‘Legal Elite’
Christensen & Jensen is proud to announce 9 attorneys from our firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Utah Legal Elite publication.
Legal Elite honorees are selected by their peers in a statewide balloting process. Active members of the Utah State Bar were invited to vote for Utah peers whom they consider the state’s best lawyers. The business received thousands of votes, and those who received the most votes are listed here, alphabetized within specialty areas.

The Christensen & Jensen Legal Elite are:
  • Geoff Haslam
    • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Nate Alder
    • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Steve Kelson
    • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Sarah Spencer
    • Civil Litigation
  • Mary Corporon
    • Criminal
  • Rebecca Hill
    • Insurance
  • Dave Richards
    • Personal Injury
  • Heather Thuet
    • Real Estate
  • Jeff Enquist
    • Up & Coming (Healthcare)
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Christensen & Jensen attorney, Sarah E. Spencer published in DRI For the Defense 2021 February edition
Sarah E. Spencer, business development chair and shareholder at Christensen & Jensen, recently wrote an article, Sometimes the “Wrong” Decision Is Still Right, for the DRI published in the February 2021 edition of “For the Defense.”
 
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C&J attorney, Mary Corporon, mentioned in Deseret News article about juror and courtroom members COVID-19 vaccination

Mary states that halting trials until March 13, 2020, has significantly affected defendants and has placed the victims' lives on hold. This letter was submitted on behalf of The Utah Association of Criminal Defense. To read the full article click here

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Christensen & Jensen P.C. Included in the 2021 Edition of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States

On November 5, 2020, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers jointly announced the Eleventh Edition of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States.  C&J is proud to be included with the other elite and impressive law firms chosen for 2021.   

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