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By Tribune Justice Reporters
Updated on Aug 15, 2014 10:44AM

The #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag raises powerful questions about how the media presents victims of violence, particularly when those victims are young men of color.

Updated on Jul 17, 2014 04:25PM

Veteran political reporter Rod Decker went to Denver to ask how Colorado’s....

You know what, that’s burying the lede, as we say in the news busin...

Updated on Jul 10, 2014 04:22PM

A Utah attorney was disbarred recently after he allegedly became belligerent when a judge refused to hear his case. And at a later hearing regarding this behavior, he called w...

Updated on Jul 10, 2014 11:39AM

A man who was in the news last year for testifying during Martin MacNeill’s murder trial is making headlines again — but it has nothing to do with the former doctor’s case.

Updated on Jun 29, 2014 01:20PM

Three shots rang out, and a Salt Lake City policeman died.

Last Wednesday marked the 101st-anniversary of the death of Officer Thomas Griffiths, ...

Updated on Jun 9, 2014 08:18AM


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Updated on May 23, 2014 07:54AM

Salt Lake City Police Sergeant Owen T. Farley died after he was shot driving his suspect’s car, 63 years ago today.

A Salt Lake City police memori...

Updated on May 2, 2014 11:23AM

West Valley City police this week filed domestic violence charges against a guy who allegedly held his wife at knifepoint during a meltdown and threatened his 10-year-old in f...

Updated on May 2, 2014 10:39AM

What’s that smell, officer? No, it’s not marijuana, it’s pizza.

Weber County Sheriff’s deputies were not fooled by claims that a strong odor of ma...

Updated on Apr 29, 2014 04:02PM

The Salt Lake City firefighters will honor a first among their fallen tomorrow morning.

Andrew Thorstrom woke up in Station 7 on April 30, 1929, a...

Updated on Apr 28, 2014 11:00PM

If you steal a bike, you probably shouldn’t advertise it online.

If you do, you probably shouldn’t show up to sell it out of a stolen car...

Updated on Apr 28, 2014 12:54PM

If enough of you vote, a Utah fire warden will get a NASCAR race named after him.

Every year, Crown Royal (a Canadian whiskey) names the Brickyard...

Updated on Apr 28, 2014 11:10AM

Their lives were lost to gunfire, but their names will live on, emblazoned.

Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson and Utah County ...

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...

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