My family and I have been part of this community for many years, working to make it a better place.
Since 2007, I have served as your elected Davis County / District. I was sworn in for a 3rd term on January 5, 2015. In May of 1994, I received my JD degree in Alabama. From 1994-2000, I was in private practice specializing in criminal defense and family law. I joined the Davis County Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor in January of 2000. Prior to my 2007 election, I was the Section Chief of the Special Prosecution Unit in the Davis County Attorney’s Office assigned to the most serious cases the office had. As both a prosecutors and defense attorney, I have handled numerous cases, including hundreds of jury and bench trials. This ranges from murder, sex offenses, white collar fraud, violent crimes against children and women and all other types of felonies and misdemeanors. I have received both state and national professional awards. Multiple of my cases have been featured on local or national television, including CNN, Fox News and Dateline NBC. I have been a frequent local and national presenter for the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) as well as in New York City at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2017; to the California District Attorney’s Association in 2018; and at an international criminal justice symposium in New Orleans in 2018. None of this on your taxpayer dime.
Davis County Attorney / District Attorney
Deputy County Attorney Jan 2000 – Dec 2006;
Elected Davis County Attorney in Nov of 2006, Sworn-In January 2007. Re-Elected 2010 and 2014.
October 1994 – December 1999 handling all types of felony and misdemeanor cases in adult and juvenile courts throughout Utah.
J.D. Degree, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1991 to May 1994;
B.S. Political Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 1987 to 1991;
B.S. Speech Communication, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 1987 to 1991;
Bountiful High School, Bountiful, Utah 1984.
Professional Associations / Boards Served On
NYU School of Law Advisory Committee for the National Brennan Center for Justice – Law Leads;
Advisory Panel Member for the National Center for Prosecutor Integrity;
Utah County and District Attorney’s Association-UCDAA (Past Chair);
CIT Utah Founding Board Member (Crisis Intervention Training);
Utah Board of Juvenile Justice (UBJJ) Appointed by the Governor of Utah;
Utah Indigent Defense Funds Board (Past-Chair);
Utah State Bar;
Davis County Bar;
Davis County Children’s Justice Center Advisory Board;
Past Treasurer Utah State Bar Criminal Section Board;
Utah State Wide Association of Prosecutor’s Board (SWAP);
Utah Juvenile Justice Reform Governor’s Committee.
Co-author of law review article related to Brady / Giglio (Supreme Court cases involving prosecutor responsibilities to find and provide evidence) published in the Utah Journal of Criminal Law: http://upc.utah.gov/guestArticles/NeedLegislationReformBradyPacticesUtah.pdf
Author of law review article in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy (America’s Oldest Law Review Publication) on the entrapment defense.
Adjunct Professor Criminal Justice - On Campus & Online
Weber State University
University of Phoenix
Eagle Gate College
Specializing in criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, juvenile law, current trends, and constitutional issues.
2018 Yet Again Honored / Selected by peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite (top attorneys in the state);
2017 Honored / Selected by peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite (top attorneys in the state);
2017 Yet again - The Top Internet Crimes Against Children task force office in the State of Utah, as awarded by the Utah Attorney General's Office;
2017 Measures for Justice Commendation for being one of the top District Attorney’s Office in the Nation based on statistical analysis of available data and invitations to speak in New York City, Newport Beach CA, and New Orleans about the implementation of policies and procedures leading to success;
2016 The Top Internet Crimes Against Children task force office in the State of Utah, as awarded by the Utah Attorney General's Office;
2015 Citizens Academy National Award Winner (Significant member of Team Awarded Best in USA);
2010 National Children’s Alliance (N.A.C.) Bud Cramer Award for supporting Children’s Justice Centers and protecting and advocating for the safety of children / Accepted at a ceremony in Washington D.C. (paid for by the N.A.C.);
2009 Utah County or District Attorney of the Year. In addition to voting me County Attorney of the Year in 2009, my peers (the elected County and District Attorney’s in Utah) voted me their leader as Chair Person of the U.C.D.A.A. (Utah County and District Attorney’s Association);
2008 Davis County Republican Women Elected Official of the Year;
2008 Utah Attorney General’s Children’s Justice Award.
A few Significant or High Profile Cases
My case load has included many high profile or serious cases with effective, appropriate and constitutionally obtained results for victims and the community. A few examples of the vast number I could provide (these cases are all a matter public record):
Audit Verified Policies and Performance / A Huge Deal to You
“BCI commends this agency on its adherence to BCI and NCIC policy.”
Continued clean audits by the Bureau of Criminal Information (BCI) and by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) - the FBI. What does this mean? This is a big deal, which is why all criminal justice related agences are audited regularly. The Davis County Attorney's Office has access to all kinds of information about citizens, but we only use it appropriately and when relevant to a pending case. We do not violate the sanctity of the information we have access to and use. We protect the privacy of your information and all those we investigate and prosecute. No violations have been found by either the BCI or the NCIC since I have been Davis County Attorney. Many agencies cannot claim this and have to address inadequacies. Do you hear other DA or even AG candidates talking about results, or even letting you know they are audited? I have made sure that we do not have problems. Yes, we have been highly commended for protecting you and will continue to do so.
The Proper Role of Prosecutors:
1. Protect your safety and your constitutional rights. Support victims of crime with accurate, timely and realistic information as well as appropriate case management.
2. Understand that decisions made as prosecutors impact lives, profoundly so.
3. Hold those who commit crime accountable to the degree the facts and law allow, but being mindful, when appropriate, of rehabilitation programs such as Mental Health Court, Drug Court, Diversion Agreements, work release on an ankle monitor, or Plea-In-Abeyance probation and progress monitoring. We are dealing with human lives. Sometimes, based on the facts, law and characteristics presented, prosecutors must have a green light (seek maximum accountability - punishment); a yellow light (moderate); or a red light (focus on rehabilitation and/or allow someone another chance). Yes, many come to feel this way (that 2nd chances are warranted) when it is their own son, daughter or spouse being investigation or prosecuted. We understand that. We also understand the impact of crime on victims. Justice is a balance of competing interests.
4. Prosecutorial Misconduct. Prosecutors must police their own and hold dishonest prosecutors who commit misconduct accountable. I do that in the Davis County Attorney's Office. (See below concerning my membership on the Advisory Panel for the National Center for Prosecutor Integrity). I have a proven track record of addressing these issues when they infrequently arise in a manner that you, our constituents, would expect. We do not allow it. We do not sweep it under the rug or pretend it did not happen. We investigate it. We discipline prosecutors who engage in such antics, including termination of employment when warranted. I have implemented policies such as those espoused in the articles linked below and after their research and vetting, I am the only prosecutor in the Western United States invited to be on this panel.
5. Prosecutors are the first line of defense, or a check and balance, on potential police abuse of governmental power. On Occasion (fortunately not too often), prosecutors must rein in rogue officers and hold police who violate the law or your rights accountable. Sometimes police violations of the constitution result in cases being declined or dismissed as the information comes to light. Prosecutors work with the police, but are not a rubber stamp condoning all police conduct. Sometimes prosecutors must address police problems such as illegal searches, or obtaining unlawful or coerced confessions. In addition, prosecutors must maintain Brady-Giglio information (knowledge of credibility or misconduct issues related to police officers who will testify) and provide it to the defense. We maintain a data-base, or "Brady-Cop" list that we provide to the defense as required by due process and the United States Supreme Court. *Fortunately, due to the integrity and professionalism of most in law enforcement, the list in Davis County is very small. An example of our being proactive in this area that became public.
6. The power to prosecute is the power to seek justice for society and victims, but also the power to destroy when abused. If you feel this has happened, I want to know about so I can address it.
Selected Issues for Comment
Victims: We have a vibrant, well trained and outstanding Victim Advocate Division. Victim Advocates report directly to a Section Chief, who meets with me them regularly and reports back at least weekly. We take crime victim rights seriously and implement policies to achieve that paramount objective.
Your Privacy and the 4th Amendment (Your Constitutional Rights): The policy, which has been in place the whole time I have been Davis County Attorney, is to protect you. What is that policy? We do not snoop on you with Administrative Subpoenas. We have never issued on under my watch. Why? We use Investigative Subpoenas instead. The difference? Investigative Subpoenas require probable cause and judicial oversight and review, like a search warrant. Administrative Subpoenas do not. Prosecutors have abused this power. In Davis County, under my watch, we never have and never will. A report by an outside monitoring entity can verify this, as has various media accounts.
Your Privacy and Voter Registration: I do not support the government selling your personal and/or private identifying information taken from voter registration applications. I fought against the political parties and media lobbyists in an effort to restore your ability to control the privacy of information you are required to put on a voter registration form.
Working to Protect Davis County Residents from Gang Infiltration and Crime: We are actively seeking to identify, prosecute and drive gang members away from Davis County.
Adolescent Brain Development and Exposure to Indecent Material: I supported the scientific research and efforts of Davis County's own Dr. Jennifer Brown as well as the proposals of Utah State Senator Todd Weiler in passing S.J.R. 15, Joint Resolution Regarding the Impact of Adult Images on Children's Development. A lot of work went into this with Dr. Brown. Her report detailing the neurological science related to this issue is compelling. I was the only prosecutor willing to publicly support Dr. Brown's efforts with the Utah State Legislature and the CCJJ (Commission on Crime and Juvenile Justice). Dr. Jennifer Brown is a local hero for children and parents in Utah.
Juvenile Justice System: To the degree possible, we should keep minors there. Prosecutors should not be overly eager and anxious to put kids in the adult system and a plethora of research backs up my position on this solidly. I was appointed by the Governor to be on the State of Utah Board of Juvenile Justice due to my performance and concern in this area.
ICAC, or Internet Crimes Against Children Unit: Under the Direction of my Chief Deputy David Cole and Investigative Bureau Chief Craig Webb and 2x State Award winning investigator Brent Baggs, wait till you see what we are doing in this arena! I will publicize more very soon.
Committed to the Davis County Children's Justice Center (CJC): I have successfully prosecuted child physical and sexual abuse cases for years. The Director of the CJC, Tanya Perkins, reports directly to me. This is a high priority in our office and budget. We have prosecutors who specifically handle only this case load. In addition, I still prosecute these cases myself as part of my regular prosecution case load. I pull my own weight in the court room and other prosecutors and staff appreciate that I am not simply an administrator like most DA's.
Committed to Davis County: I live here. I have no plans to leave Davis County or run for any other office.
Frugal with your $: During my administration as your Davis County Attorney since 2007, we have returned well over $1,000,000.00 in allocated funds (that we saved) to the County General Fund. In other words, returned it to you - the taxpayer.
Gangs and Domestic Violence: I have doubled the prosecution resources put into Gang and Domestic Violence cases. We have teams of prosecutors and support staff specializing and focusing on each, including targeted training opportunities.
Electronic Case Management and Discovery Dissemination: To save you money, I have implemented a top-notch electronic case management system known as JustWare.
Campaigning: I will not ask for your hard earned money. It that costs me the election, so be it. I have come to understand the critical importance of prosecutors being independent, impartial and not subject to any conflict of interest or even the perception thereof. In fact, even though I am a Registered Republican and somewhat conservative in my politics, I believe prosecutor’s offices should be non-partisan in nature and operation. The Davis County Attorney's Office does not allow partisan politics to drive our professional decisions. Therefore, in the 2010 and 2014 elections, I turned down $ from the Republican Party and others. I will do it again in 2018.
National Center for Prosecutor Integrity: Invited Advisory Panel Member Yes, this is a big deal. I am the only prosecutor in the Western United States who has been invited to be on this board due to my work in this area, including disciplining, holding accountable and firing rogue prosecutors. I was also been invited to participate in a Summit in Washington DC due to my accomplishments in this area. I have made presentation for all prosecutors in Utah and Idaho on this topic because of my proactive stance on this issue.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO DONATE. I do not seek campaign contributions for three main reasons:
(1). I DO NOT solicit money that can be used for your family and business just so I can buy campaign shirts, signs, or other stupid trinkets in order to have a job. Your family is more important.
(2). I DO NOT like the influence of money in the political system in general.
(3). I DO WANT the public to have confidence I own an allegiance to no one other than this community as a whole; you & your family; and the constitutions of Utah and the United States.