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February 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A Salt Lake City judge has slapped a $52-million fine on the operators of an alleged Ponzi scheme that defrauded 600 investors nationwide. U.S. District Chief Judge David Sam signed a judgment after the defendants failed to respond to a complaint filed last year by a court-appointed receiver. The complaint alleged that a group of companies and people raised over $20 million by promising investors a 20% return on three-year notes.
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February 4, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state's similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry. The separate legal actions are part of the growing number of court battles over what remains a sensitive issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. That ruling, hailed as a major step by gay-marriage advocates, gave federal recognition to legally married gay couples and extended to them the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
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July 27, 2010 | From Reuters
The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed out the 2007 conviction of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial on charges of forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her first cousin. Jeffs, the self-proclaimed prophet of a breakaway Mormon sect, was sentenced in November 2007 to 10 years in prison for two felony convictions on charges he was an accomplice to rape. But the Utah high court ruled that the trial judge erred in giving instructions to the jury. Jeffs spent 15 months on the run and was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list of fugitives before his August 2006 arrest during a routine traffic stop outside of Las Vegas.
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July 28, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the 2007 conviction of Warren Jeffs, a self-proclaimed prophet and polygamist who was found guilty of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old child bride. The court agreed with defense lawyers that the judge erroneously told the jury that Jeffs could be convicted if he knew unwanted sex would result from the marriage he presided over between the girl and her older cousin. The unanimous ruling makes it unlikely that Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, can be tried again in Utah, state Atty.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
A serial killer who asked to be executed by firing squad without the traditional hood over his head will be granted his wish, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. Roberto Arguelles made the request after his 1997 conviction for killing three teen girls and a woman in her 40s. A court gave its approval, but the execution was delayed after Arguelles tried to hang himself in prison. Arguelles underwent a psychiatric evaluation after the suicide attempt.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state's similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry. The separate legal actions are part of the growing number of court battles over what remains a sensitive issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. That ruling, hailed as a major step by gay-marriage advocates, gave federal recognition to legally married gay couples and extended to them the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000 | C.G. WALLACE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For Navajo defendants charged with felonies, Salt Lake City's imposing federal courthouse can seem like a strange land--where everyone speaks in a strange tongue. That's because it is. And it's up to Navajo court interpreters to translate both language and culture. "It is a foreign process to the Navajo people," said Salt Lake interpreter Bertie Kee-Lopez. "A lot of times they are very, very nervous. They're taken from the reservation and into federal court. . . .
NEWS
June 4, 1999 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For three days this week, a jury of eight men listened to competing versions of the truth, verbal combat that pitted the testimony of a nervous teenage girl against a powerful family whose private practices she dared reveal to the world. The bizarre case shed light on an almost Gothic tableau of incest, polygamy and the messy consequences of divulging family secrets.
NATIONAL
July 28, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the 2007 conviction of Warren Jeffs, a self-proclaimed prophet and polygamist who was found guilty of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old child bride. The court agreed with defense lawyers that the judge erroneously told the jury that Jeffs could be convicted if he knew unwanted sex would result from the marriage he presided over between the girl and her older cousin. The unanimous ruling makes it unlikely that Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, can be tried again in Utah, state Atty.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Even the threat of death can't reliably stop a heroin addiction.  Paramedics tell stories about the tricks addicts use to save themselves from an overdose -- that is, to ensure that somebody else saves them. For instance, users will block a water drain in a public building so that someone will notice flooding and call 911. "Interestingly, we have received several calls for auto accidents," an Ohio emergency medical technician, or EMT, noted in a state addiction treatment survey published in November . "Apparently, some users are stopping in the parking lot, putting their car in 'drive' with foot on brake.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2010 | From Reuters
The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed out the 2007 conviction of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial on charges of forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her first cousin. Jeffs, the self-proclaimed prophet of a breakaway Mormon sect, was sentenced in November 2007 to 10 years in prison for two felony convictions on charges he was an accomplice to rape. But the Utah high court ruled that the trial judge erred in giving instructions to the jury. Jeffs spent 15 months on the run and was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list of fugitives before his August 2006 arrest during a routine traffic stop outside of Las Vegas.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
A serial killer who asked to be executed by firing squad without the traditional hood over his head will be granted his wish, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. Roberto Arguelles made the request after his 1997 conviction for killing three teen girls and a woman in her 40s. A court gave its approval, but the execution was delayed after Arguelles tried to hang himself in prison. Arguelles underwent a psychiatric evaluation after the suicide attempt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000 | C.G. WALLACE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For Navajo defendants charged with felonies, Salt Lake City's imposing federal courthouse can seem like a strange land--where everyone speaks in a strange tongue. That's because it is. And it's up to Navajo court interpreters to translate both language and culture. "It is a foreign process to the Navajo people," said Salt Lake interpreter Bertie Kee-Lopez. "A lot of times they are very, very nervous. They're taken from the reservation and into federal court. . . .
NEWS
June 4, 1999 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For three days this week, a jury of eight men listened to competing versions of the truth, verbal combat that pitted the testimony of a nervous teenage girl against a powerful family whose private practices she dared reveal to the world. The bizarre case shed light on an almost Gothic tableau of incest, polygamy and the messy consequences of divulging family secrets.
NEWS
February 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A Salt Lake City judge has slapped a $52-million fine on the operators of an alleged Ponzi scheme that defrauded 600 investors nationwide. U.S. District Chief Judge David Sam signed a judgment after the defendants failed to respond to a complaint filed last year by a court-appointed receiver. The complaint alleged that a group of companies and people raised over $20 million by promising investors a 20% return on three-year notes.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The earth shook in Ocean City, Md., on Thursday morning, but seismologists said the vibrations didn't match those of an earthquake or a frost quake, leaving the cause a mystery. Richard Ortt Jr., director of the Maryland Geological Survey, said the seismic waves from the event spread at a rate too fast to be either an earthquake or a frost quake , a rare cold-weather phenomenon that has repeatedly popped up across the Northeast and Midwest during this extraordinarily frigid winter.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Google, Twitter and Microsoft were among the nation's tech companies who lent their support to an anti-spying protest Tuesday that urged Congress to restrict the National Security Agency's powers. " The Day We Fight Back " campaign, formally supported by civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and websites, including Reddit, aims to end "mass surveillance -- of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world," according to a news release from the coalition.
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