Please review all of the information I have provided on this website, as well as my opponent's website. You will have a clear understanding of the vast difference in experience, knowledge and judgment.
Two items of interest before you review qualifications:
CAMPAIGN DONATIONS: My opponent is willing to be compromised and conflicted by soliciting and accepting campaign donations (as a politician does). I am not willing to allow that to happen to me or this objective law office. Therefore, I disavow campaign contributions and will not accept them. See more about why this is a critical distinction between us on this site, including his having to conflict out cases as a result of soliciting and/or taking money. I am a professional lawyer, he is a fundraising politician. The legal and practical ramifications are significant.
My opponent initially gave notice of gathering signatures for a run at County Commission, not County Attorney. It is clear from his campaigning that he views the County Attorney's Office as a political springboard to other positions having to do with community organizing. The County Attorney's role is to lead your professional law office. That means making hard decisions and taking positions based on fact and law, not political fundraising or posturing. I have no plan to run for any other office - ever.
My family and I have been part of this community for many years, working to help keep Davis County a great place. Because I care and understand that this office, the employees in it and the safety of you and your family are larger and more important than any one person including me, please see my ANNOUNCEMENTS page . This is not the office for someone who simply wants to serve, be involved, create a social club or use their education. This is a law office dealing with the most serious cases imaginable. I have already proven unequivocally I understand this and measure up to the task.
Since 2007, I have served as your elected Davis County / District Attorney. 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 pending in the office. As both a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have handled thousands of cases, including hundreds of jury and bench trials. The breadth of experience ranges from murder, sex offenses, white collar fraud, violent crimes against children and women to all other types of felonies and misdemeanors. I have received local, state and national professional awards. Many 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 NDAA (National District Attorney’s Association) for years, as well as in New York City at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2017; the California District Attorney’s Association in 2018; Washington DC in 2015; and an international criminal justice symposium in New Orleans in 2018. None of this on your taxpayer dime.
2018 Once 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 (not paid for by taxpayers);
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;
2007-2018 Award Winning Performance / Audit Verified Policies / 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 agencies 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.
National Center for Prosecutor Integrity AND National Law Enforcement Leaders Panel (Invited Advisory Panel Member of both): Yes, this is a big deal. I am the only prosecutor in the Western United States who has been invited to be on the prosecutor integrity board due to my work in this area, including a proactive "Brady" policy [constitutional compliance] as well as disciplining, holding accountable and unfortunately ending the employment of rogue prosecutors. I was also invited to participate in a Summit in Washington DC due to my accomplishments in this area. As a result of my proactive approach and stance, I was solicited to make presentations for all prosecutors in Utah and Idaho on this topic. In addition, I am one of only 200 combined prosecutors and police chiefs in the entire country asked to be on the LEADS (Law Enforcement Leaders) panel.
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):
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.
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 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 and your family; and the constitutions of Utah and the United States.
PO Box 272, Farmington, UT 84025