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Published: Monday, Jan. 31 2011 12:00 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, Utah

He'll spend more money in attorney's fees than the fine would ever have been. Then, if found guilty he'll pay the fine in addition.

Salt Lake City, UT

Base jumping from tall buildings is totally irresponsible. If any of his (or his friend's) equipment had failed they might have plummeted to the ground and been killed - and had they hit anyone else, that poor innocent being might have been killed or terribly injured. I hope they are both found guilty.

Vernal, UT

So, what exactly is he 'not guilty' of? Hard to argue with photos.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I want to know if he's pleading not guilty because he claims it isn't a violation OR is he claiming that it's a case of mistaken identity and he didn't do it. That's what I'd like to know.

Is this Harman Rector the grandson of the general authority? Seems likely. Does anyone know?

Orem, Utah

The charge, I believe, is trespassing.

Park City, UT

I can't believe that they are charging him. No harm, no foul. Typical Utah (LDS) overreaction and control.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

So we catch the guy red-handed (tough to run wearing a parachute) and he says he's "not guilty"?

A Democrat. He's definitely a Democrat....

Absolutely detached from reality.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

davey boy,

If they had been hurt, they would have sued the Mormons(typical lame liberal non responsiblity-taking attitude). And you would have agreed with them.

I just wish the fine were larger.

Bill Freeze
Lindon, UT

Let's see...the Dudes have the guts to jump off the Church office building in broad daylight....but they don't have the courage to tell the truth about it?

Bill Freeze

Mount Pleasant, UT

I don't think it was funny a bit although evidently
although Marshall Miller seems to think it is. Haven't they got something productive they can do in their lives? These boys and I repeat "boys" because that is what they are acting like...grow up and take responsibility for the stupid decision you made by doing the jump. I hope they nail everyone of you.

Ogden, UT

Almost all arraignments are entered as a not-guilty. This opens the door to further discussion, further hearings, and possible plea agreements.

Only a fool admits guilt at an arraignment, so stop acting so surprised, people. NO sane person will do it, unless they've already had an agreement structured before their initial appearance.

Salt Lake City, UT

Judging from the photos, he seems to enjoy the attention.

Kirkland, WA

I believe it's irresponsible of KSL and Deseret News to link his YouTube videos to this article. This is, I believe, the way that Miller "earns" his living and the more hits to his youtube videos the more sponsors he can get. That's not what news sites should be doing.

Park City, UT

Ted H. | 4:42 p.m. Jan. 31, 2011
Nice illogical stretch correlating my comments to political persuasion.

Since you started down this road... A conservative approach would be to not involve government or regulations. A liberal approach is to whine to the government (police), run it through governmental channels (courts) thus costing the taxpayers money.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: dave | 4:21 p.m. Jan. 31, 2011

The LDS Church isn't who is charging him. It's the Salt Lake City Prosecutor dave who files the charges.

Based on his comment I must assume he wouldn't object to a stranger walking through his house to jump off his balcony.

The general rule is to behavior yourself when you're on private property.

Aurora, CO

I believe the issue here is property rights, and private property rights to be specific. BASE jumpers have likewise been charged with trespassing and other charges in other cities, and from other buildings and bridges. This isn't just the LDS Church doing it. Perhaps some basic research on your part would clarify the situation, and relieve the case of colic you seem to have against the LDS Church.

Eagle Mountain, UT

So using your logic, if I were to try and shoot someone and missed, I should not be charged with anything, no harm no foul right?
@jack got it right. While many cities across the country do not have laws against BASE jumping, they are usually cited for trespassing, which is why more and more of them are going to Europe (there's an article about this from 2004 in a Washington newspaper.)

Orem, UT

I think the issue here has nothing to do with property rights and everything to do with discouraging future jumpers. They have to show that they are willing to prosecute and fine anyone who pulls a stunt like this. If not they are saying they don't mind people base jumping in downtown Salt Lake. It would only be a matter of time before someone gets killed.

John Robert Mallernee
Gulfport, MS


As a member of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, I think the criminal charges in this case should be dismissed.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT


I recall recently reading some Ensign articles from the 70's written by a Hartman Rector Jr. I am guessing that this Hartman Rector is somehow related to him. Possibly his son.

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