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By Tribune Justice Reporters
Updated on Apr 15, 2014 07:00PM

A Salt Lake City policeman met an untimely end after a new guy dropped his gun 120 years ago.

Sgt. Alonzo Wilson, 54, was working a morning desk s...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 07:58PM

As Utah’s battle over marriage equality moves to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, a former Republican senator is calling on the public to embrace the “live and let...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 04:09PM

Earlier this morning, a wonderfully amusing Associated Press story hit the wire: “Massachusetts home intruder turns out to be a duck.”

Here is the...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 09:30AM

Salt Lake City students’ art, with an anti-drug theme, is on display at the downtown library starting today.

The artwork is part of the Salt Lake ...

Updated on Apr 2, 2014 02:51PM

Attorney Evan Wolfson has long been active in the battle for marriage equality. Evan is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, which advocates for marriage equality. H...

Updated on Apr 2, 2014 06:45PM

Crime is down around Pioneer Park.

That’s what the numbers show, anyway. But that’s not how Mary Woodhead, a city planning commissioner, feels. Fo...

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 12:37PM

In early February, an unfinished apartment building in Salt Lake City burned to the ground. A month later, a gas explosion leveled two buildings in New York City. And just las...

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 05:08PM


By Brooke Adams

Esau Walton was barely into his 20s when Utah authorities sought to castrate him for...

Updated on Mar 30, 2014 09:57AM

Teens and young adults get a taste of what it’s like to be in law enforcement, thanks to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Explorers program.

Updated on Mar 27, 2014 08:26AM

The following are excerpts from Steve Dale Green’s press conference Wednesday evening at his attorney’s office.

Charges against the Bountiful man ...

Updated on Mar 25, 2014 05:13PM

Remember the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds,” when birds inexplicably attack? This is the story of how that actually (sort of) happened at Provo’s 4th District Court.


Updated on Mar 24, 2014 12:58PM

Wednesday marks 91 years since a dark chapter in Salt Lake City police history, involving a severed spine, firing squad and suicide.

On Nov. 27, 1...

Updated on Mar 18, 2014 09:39AM

A statewide poll released as lawmakers gave a green light to moving the Utah State Prison shows public support for the project is lukewarm.

Just 4...

Updated on Mar 18, 2014 09:41AM

Utah lawmakers took action this session to ensure a fund used to help victims of violent crime doesn’t run out of money any time soon.

By approvin...

Updated on Mar 11, 2014 10:27PM

Someone, or a group of them, are apparently throwing themselves through vinyl fences on Salt Lake City’s east side — and the police want them found.

Updated on Mar 10, 2014 04:43PM

A liquor raid turned deadly for one Salt Lake City policeman, who was less than a year on the job.

The Salt Lake City Police Department memorializ...

Updated on Mar 10, 2014 10:52AM

<freeform> Sick of people speeding around Salt Lake City? The police have an idea: tweet it.

You might anyway, but now the Salt Lake City po...

Updated on Mar 7, 2014 10:57AM

Feel like going for a nice soak at a natural hot spring?

While the Ogden “Hot Pots” may have been a viable option in the past, taking a soak in th...

Updated on Mar 6, 2014 05:29PM

Even in the most sterile environments, connection matters.

I was reminded of that over and over on Wednesday during a half-day media tour of the U...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 06:20PM

A coalition of religous groups filed an amicus brief Tuesday in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma. Signatories are:

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 06:21PM

A group of Republicans filed an amicus brief today in support of legalizing gay marriage in the states of Utah and Oklahoma. Here’s who signed the brief:

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 08:46AM

“He believed that because he did not hold her down while she was fighting … it wasn’t rape.”

These words appeared in a forcible sodomy charge this...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 12:22PM

Krystal Beslanowitch’s murder gets national attention this Sunday on Al Jazeera America.

The network will spotlight the Wasatch County cold case o...

Updated on Feb 15, 2014 02:21PM

Derek Kitchen, one of the plaintiffs in the Amendment 3 challenge, had one thing on his mind as he welcomed people to a Valentine’s Day celebration at the Marriage Equa...

Updated on Feb 15, 2014 10:38AM

It may be time to start handicapping what the U.S. Supreme Court may do with a new same-sex marriage case and here is the perfect game to hone your skills: FantasySCOTUS.


Updated on Mar 3, 2014 02:35PM

UPDATE: I erroneously listed one group as being on the state’s side in this compilation and, after it was brought to my attention on March 3, removed them from the list.


Updated on Feb 8, 2014 09:50PM

UPDATED Feb. 7, 5 p.m.:

The list of briefs that three appellate judges hearing same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and Oklahoma will have to pore ...

Updated on Jan 29, 2014 10:59AM

Citing pretrial publicity and a pending motion to change the trial venue, a 4th District Court judge banned television crews from photographing Martin MacNeill during a court ...

Updated on Jan 28, 2014 03:12PM

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to let the same trio of judges hear same-sex marriage cases on appeal from Utah and Oklahoma.

The cou...

Updated on Jan 24, 2014 09:26AM


A woman had a pretty decent counterfeit $100 bill, and then she signed it with the name “Moe Money.”

Updated on Jan 23, 2014 10:24PM

In an email purportedly sent to his colleagues, Gene Schaerr made it clear why he was leaving his...

Updated on Jan 16, 2014 10:30AM

In the latest sign that my hiring was a rare misstep by this esteemed outlet, I agreed Wednesday to go on Headline News’ “Nancy Grace.”

My charge:...

Updated on Jan 9, 2014 10:16AM

Most legal experts tracking the same-sex marriage lawsuit in Utah have opined that the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t expect — and doesn’t want — to tackle the issue again so quick...

Updated on Jan 8, 2014 04:34PM

White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked Tuesday about the same-sex marriage case in Utah. Here’s what he said:

Q • Thanks, Jay. Yesterday, t...

Updated on Jan 7, 2014 08:56AM

No idea.

Every now and then, those of us on The Salt Lake Tribune justice desk hear an odd transmission over our police scanners. Saturday night w...

Updated on Jan 3, 2014 03:56PM

In the 2004 general election, registered voters in Utah turned out in droves to vote.

There was a hotly contested presidential election between in...

Updated on Jan 2, 2014 01:28PM

Utah made a subtle shift in its arguments in defense of opposite-sex marriage in a stay application to the U.S. Supreme Court filed Tuesday.

Gone ...

Updated on Dec 20, 2013 12:38PM

If you are texting, doing your makeup or shaving while driving the streets of St. George, you may not notice the police officer standing on the sidewalk taking pictures.


Updated on Dec 19, 2013 04:13PM

With this weekend being the last before the Christmas holiday, shoppers will likely be out in force getting last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. If you find yourself among...

Updated on Dec 16, 2013 08:24AM

Disclaimer: The should not be taken as any form of legal counsel or guidance; there may be errors in interpretation of the law and there may be crimes and violations missing f...

Updated on Dec 12, 2013 12:39PM

Finally someone who isn’t Miley Cyrus is getting in trouble for twerking.

The incident happened last week, when a Brooklyn woman came home and fo...

Updated on Dec 11, 2013 10:39AM

In 2004, lawmaker LaVar Christensen — a Republican who currently represents Draper in the Utah Legislature — sponsored the “joint resolution on marriage,” which put Amendment ...

Updated on Dec 9, 2013 01:48PM

Disclaimer: The should not be taken as any form of legal counsel or guidance; there may be errors in interpretation of the law and there may be crimes and violations missing f...

Updated on Dec 9, 2013 02:31PM

A federal judge in Utah is now weighing motions for summary judgment in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on sanctioning or recognizing same-sex marriages. In court briefs...

Updated on Dec 5, 2013 10:47AM

After being asked to leave a Sugar House library because of his lack of hygiene, a Utah man is suing the Salt Lake City Library for $25,000 — and he wants his library card re-...

Updated on Dec 2, 2013 04:38PM

Disclaimer: The should not be taken as any form of legal counsel or guidance; there may be errors in interpretation of the law and there may be crimes and violations missing f...

Updated on Nov 27, 2013 08:04PM

During a recent visit to Salt Lake City’s Matheson Courthouse — a popular destination for those of us on The Tribune justice desk — I entered through back door and notice some...

Updated on Nov 26, 2013 11:38AM

Among my various responsibilities here at The Salt Lake Tribune, I’m the reporter tasked with counting the year’s homicides. We publish a final tally and analysis every year, ...

Updated on Nov 20, 2013 09:34AM

Burglars usually wear gloves and masks, but one guy in Colorado made a more unusual choice: the GPS ankle monitor he got when he bonded out of jail.

Updated on Nov 21, 2013 08:37AM

Disclaimer: The should not be taken as any form of legal counsel or guidance; there may be errors in interpretation of the law and there may be crimes and violations missing f...

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