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State v. Stewart, 2014 UT App 112 (May 22, 2014) 

A man with a knack for “obtaining” vehicles without paying for them was convicted of aggravated robbery and theft by receiving stolen property in connection with two vehicles in his collection. The first was a car he obtained from a…

State v. Trotter, 2014 UT 17 (May 20, 2014)

The Utah Supreme Court’s Ethics and Discipline Committee’s private admonishment of an attorney for failing to obtain informed consent for third-party payment of legal fees under rule 1.8(f) of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct was reversed as unsupported by…

State v. Lucero, 2014 UT 15 (May 13, 2014) 

Adopting the majority rule with respect to the admission of conditionally relevant evidence, the Utah Supreme Court upheld the admission of prior child abuse evidence. The defendant was charged with the murder of her son “after his back was bent…

United States v. Hoyle, 751 F.3d 1167 (10th Cir. May 13, 2014)

The Tenth Circuit rejected the defendant’s argument that the sentencing guidelines’ use of the term “imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” impermissibly deviated from 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(20)’s definition of “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one…