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.
C&J attorney, Heather L. Thuet, to swear-in new Utah State Bar members in Salt Lake City.
// Oct 14, 2020
The Utah State Bar is an organization that is leading society in the creation of a justice system that is understood, valued, respected and accessible to all. With over 12,000 of Utah's lawyers and judges, the Bar represents Utah lawyers and public and the legal profession.
C&J attorney selected for 27th edition of 'The Best Lawyers in America'
// Oct 14, 2020
Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" designation. The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition includes Geoffrey C. Haslam, attorney at Chistensen & Jensen. The 2021 Edition is based on more than 8 million evaluations and recognizes just over 65,000 attorneys in 147 practice areas.