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Hildale justice court judge appointed

Hildale Mayor Philip Barlow has made his appointment for justice court judge: attorney K. Jake Graff. He still has to be approved by the Utah Judicial Council at its May 29 meeting before the posting is official.

A St. George native, Graff went to law school in Las Vegas (on a full-ride scholarship, no less) after graduating from BYU. He joined the firm Bingham Snow and Caldwell in 2008, according to his bio from the Utah State Courts and the firm's website.

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He has experience in commercial litigation, construction law, domestic relations and family law. The firm has offices in St. George and Mesquite, Nev.

Interesting to note: Bingham Snow and Caldwell partner N. Adam Caldwell represented former FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop in his legal tangles with private investigator Sam Brower — story here.

If Graff is approved, he will hear traffic citation and misdemeanor cases in Hildale; there were 28 such cases last year. He would replace Richard D. Carr, a senior justice court judge from Hurricane. Carr had been the acting judge since FLDS member Walter Steed was removed for practicing polygamy in 2006.

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