Tuesday, October 09, 2007

If Lohra Miller had prosecuted Warren Jeffs...

...he'd be out already. (P.S. This is the second time that this kind of thing has happened this year.)

What was it Miller said in her campaign? Oh, yeah:

The Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office needs to establish and enforce prosecution policies that are tough on crime and hold offenders at all levels accountable.

and . . . .

Lohra’s proven leadership and team-building skills, along with her strong knowledge of both criminal prosecution and municipal government law, will help implement a proactive "district-based" prosecution system. . . . It efficiently deals with cases, thus increasing conviction rates. Through such reforms, court calendars will become more manageable and individual cases will get the attention they deserve, thus ensuring that justice is always the priority.

Sounds great! We can't wait.


Alienated Wannabe said...

Hey VoU,

If you really cared, you would volunteer your time (that's in "pro-bono" senior) to file the paperwork. But, no, you would rather point your finger from the sideline. I guess you're just saving up your strength to chase future ambulances:

"At VoU, we use people who've been hurt in an accident, and we can usually tell if you're unprofitable right over the phone -- one bawl, that's all!"

Just kidding, my friend. I like Lohra and couldn't think of a good come back, so I resorted to juvenile name calling. I am curious, though, as to what you think is the problem. What internal processes do you think could be changed or implemented in the DA's office to fix this problem?


Voice of Utah said...

Unfortunately for you, I like juvenile name calling. :-)

I don't have knowledge of the D.A.'s office internal processes. However, most lawyers that I know maintain detailed (usually computerized) calendaring programs with advance reminders. In fact, in the private practice, it's often required by the attorney's malpractice insurer. Many good calendaring document programs are relatively inexpensive.

Also, I believe most of this initial paperwork in the D.A.'s office is fairly boilerplate, and a lot of it is filled out by clerical workers using templates once certain info (statutory charge, etc.) is provided by the attorney. If so, presumably the problem is calendaring and coordinating.

If this were a single instance, I wouldn't read too much into it, but as the KSL article notes, there were those other 3 in January, and it has potentially serious repercussions, so I really hope the hole in the process gets plugged.

Oldenburg said...

That is pretty unfair. The "catch-and-release" issue is a problem caused by overcrowded jails, which are controlled by the SL County Sherriff, taxpayers' unwillingness to pay for more/bigger ones, the legislature's unwillingness to reduce penalties on crimes like marijuana use etc. Oh and people not wanting jails in their neighborhood.

Also, she has been learning about what works and what doesn't work with the realities of the job now that she is in office. So campaign ideas and actual public policies are naturally subject to some growth.

Look at me, defending a Republican! But I gotta stick to my motto: Truth over Balance, progress over ideology.

Voice of Utah said...

Miller has been in office nearly a year and, more important, this isn't the first time that this kind of thing happened under her watch. When it happened last January we didn't say a word, because we figured it was early and she would have a chance to iron out the wrinkles. Looks like it's time to plug in the iron.

Alienated Wannabe said...


For me, one of the most inspiring acts of our founding fathers was performed by your great-great-great-great-grandfather, Alexander Hamilton. As you recall, he bravely crossed party lines to endorse his political enemy, Thomas Jefferson, over his fellow Federalist, Aaron Burr.

Hamilton knew that Burr was a villain and that he would be a disaster for America. So, he swallowed his pride and choose to do what was right instead of what was most expedient for the political movement he founded. What a wonderful example to us all!

Sadly, this principled decision put in motion a series of events which eventually lead to Burr killing Hamilton in a duel -- meaning that your grandfather, George Washington's right hand man (his Karl Rove), had survived Valley Forge and the Revolutionary War only to end up giving his life so that the fruit of the Revolution would endure.

Most of us have no idea how much we owe your grandfather. Everyone, it seems -- Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians alike -- wants to claim Jefferson as the father of their political movement. Not too many claim Hamilton, even though his vision for America, more than Jefferson's, seems to be the one that has come to guide the nation.

I'm glad to see that your grandfather's character is still carried in the blood of his posterity. Well done, Dave -- progress over ideology, indeed.


P.S. VoU, Hamilton was also known for doing a lot of "pro-bono" public service. Let that be an example to you, my friend.

P.P.S. Come to think of it, he and Jefferson were also known for doing a lot of "juvenile name calling" too. Oh, well. Carry on!

P.P.P.S. Lest anyone think that I am taking sides, I promise that I love both Hamilton and Jefferson. It's just that I want to know where the Hamilton Memorial is located in Washington, DC. Can anybody tell me? Is there at least one in New York City?

The Senate Site said...

Jefferson has a nice monument in Washington D.C. Hamilton's monument IS Washington D.C.

I like Oldenburg's motto.


Alienated Wannabe said...

Ooooooooh! Ric laying down the smack: ". . . Hamilton's monument IS Washington D.C." Nicely done!