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Utah mom gets up to life in slayings of 6 newborns found in garage

A Utah woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to murder in the deaths of six newborns whose bodies were hidden in the garage of her home has been sentenced…

Utah governor signs law allowing firing squads as execution backup method

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday signed into law a bill that authorizes the use of firing squads in executions if the state is unable to obtain lethal injection…

Nude sunbather, 77, agrees to plea deal in case over his backyard practice

Thirty years of nude sunbathing in his own backyard ended Tuesday for a 77-year-old Utah man with a plea deal that requires him to don a swimsuit.

Myron Lee Kipp…

Utah to list white-collar criminals in first Internet registry for those convicted of fraud

Utah is poised to become the first state in the nation with a public registry listing convicted white-collar criminals, in an effort to help prevent affinity fraud among the state’s…

Heir can sue herself for causing accident that killed her husband, Utah appeals court says

A woman who allegedly caused a car accident that killed her husband can sue herself in her capacity as heir and representative of the estate, a Utah appeals court has…

Utah mom pleads guity to murdering 6 newborns, could get life prison term

A Utah woman pleaded guilty to murder on Thursday in the deaths of six of her newborn babies between roughly 1996 and 2006.

Megan Huntsman, 39, could get a life…

Utah inmate forfeited right to counsel after threatening several lawyers, state’s top court says

A Utah inmate has forfeited his right to appellate counsel because of repeated and extreme “dilatory, disruptive, and threatening conduct” toward his lawyers, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled.

The…

Woman stole lawyer’s identity and impersonated her in court, officials say

Attorney Karla Stirling doesn’t handle criminal defense matters, or litigate much. And, although she is licensed in Utah, she primarily practices in California.

So she was stunned to get a…

Former police lawyer pleads guilty to reduced drug-lab charges; prosecutors won’t recommend prison

A former Salt Lake City lawyer and his two sons pleaded guilty on Friday to reduced charges stemming from an alleged drug lab at their home that was used to…

Atheist gets driver’s license photo with pasta colander on head, citing ‘Spaghetti Monster’ faith

A Utah woman persuaded state officials to let her get her driver’s license photo taken with a metal pasta strainer upside-down on her head by citing her “Pastafarian” religious beliefs.

Wind farm sues feds to stop release of bird-death data to Associated Press

Flying eagles looking for prey are much like texting drivers behind the wheel.

They don’t notice wind farm turbines in their flight path until it’s too late.

However, such birds…

Bats invaded courthouse as Halloween loomed

When Zac Weiland walked into court on Friday, the assistant Utah prosecutor heard scratching sounds: Bats were in the ceiling, walls and stairwells of the Washington County Justice Center, and…

Two former Utah attorneys general charged in bribery case seek separate trials

Named as defendants in a bribery case earlier this year, two men who both served as attorney general for the state of Utah have asked a judge to separate their…

Do Wal-Mart workers have right to self-defense at work? Utah high court considers at-will exception

The Utah Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a case that contends Wal-Mart workers have a right to self-defense at work that trumps the company’s right to fire…

Driver takes misdemeanor plea after striking and killing judge on bicycle; should law be upgraded?

A distracted driver who veered onto the shoulder of a Utah roadway last year, striking and killing a bicycling district court judge, quietly took a misdemeanor reckless driving plea in…

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