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Published: Wednesday, April 20 2011 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

So what would have happened if there would have been a problem with the jump and one of the guys was injured or maybe even killed. How long would it be before a lawsuit surfaced against the LDS church for "allowing" the event?

Tucson, AZ

He was surprised that it upset security--is he daft? The owner of buildings like that could be held liable for accidents if they permitted people to BASE jump. If the two thought it wouldn't upset security, why didn't they just go ask to do it?

Provo, UT

True that the fine and 6mo probation seem kind of steep- but if it were much less some folks might just see it as an admission cost for the ride.

Beverly Hills, CA

That was very cool.

Florissant, MO

All I can say is we have phases of growing up. I did dumb things, not like this at that age and thought I was so wise and new it all. But nearly 60 I look back and realize I was still so immature and I know I will continue to mature. I think what brings it on is when our children are teens and young adults and we realize that they need someone with maturity to be an example now. I see this with one of my step kids, they have a 15 year old and mom and dad have finally started to act more like adults. Cause it isn't working the other way. So if hopefully these guys will start to think like adults someday soon. As for the church not being happy about their jump, no duhhhh.

Holladay, UT


Do you honestly believe that? BASE jumpers know full well the dangers they are putting themselves in while performing their sport. To most, that is part of the thrill.

Florissant, MO

Another comment, I just read about the seven year old boy that has earned money for ten wheelchairs for the people in Haiti. Maybe if these guys could act with the same maturity as this young man did, they would be able to do something to help others rather then acting like, well, a two year old?


I would never let a two year old BASE jump! Thats just crazy.

Salt Lake City, UT

Strong work! "A nice little flip" haha, I would love to know where that quote is from, did he say it in court? Haha. Got to go see the video now. You base jumpers are crazy!

Boise, ID

Hmmm... Hartman Rector... the name is vaguely familiar.

I'm glad nobody got hurt. And no doubt the possibility that they might get nabbed, is stacked on top of the adrenaline rush of the jump itself.

The Church better put some additional barriers in place, or this could become a "how to do it" video lesson. (Or they could alternatively penalize everybody by just closing the deck. Oft-times that is the result, when a few scofflaws are unwilling to follow the rules.)

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Why did he ever fight this in court? They videotaped themselves trespassing and jumping off of the building. There is no question they were guilty of it. So why spend money fighting it? Take the $300 fine and then try to sell the video.

The trouble with their marketing idea, is that it has been done soo many times and people can download videos similar to that for free. Who would buy it?

Oh well.

Lehi, UT

I still don't see the big deal with this, no harm no foul. Go to vimeo and do a search for Marshall Miller, great stuff and most are a lot more interesting than this little BASE jump.

Provo, UT

The video is pretty sweet. I've never seen Base jump videos, and it felt pretty cool just watching it!

Roman K
SLC, Utah

If that were two ninjas jumping off the Empire State Building, it couldn't have been any cooler!

DD JayMario
American Fork, UT

BASE jumping is cool. Getting fined and put on probation isn't so cool. Hopefully the not-so-cool result will overcome the lure of the super-cool action.

Sylmar, CA

are you people serious? geez - all I can say is other than a couple of you, you are very prudish, or just plain old fashioned.

the ONLY reason you rag on these two guys is because you don't have the nerve to jump from any building.

these guys deserve props for having the nerve to do it. and if some stuck up old fashioned people want to fine them and talk down about them, then thats ok.

base jumpers don't sue anyone. find ONE example. and they planned it all out carefully. the thing that amuses me the most is that if they do it again on another building, they will probably go to jail. And isn't that just a grand use of taxpayer funds... yeah, lets put them in prison with murderers and rapists - that will teach them a good lesson.

you all make having fun no fun at all anymore...

Rexburg, ID

There was an LDS general authority named Hartman Rector Jr. Could this be his grandkid?

Dietrich, ID

I was wondering same thing if his Grandpa is a GA

Salt Lake City, UT

Actually Charlie, I think you have it backwards, most people posting have not been critical of these two guys. Only one or two posts have been outright critical of them, and many have said how cool what they did was.

Americans love dare devils!

But, yeah, I don't think I could ever do what they did. I don't even think I could climb out on that ledge without being tied in. Tightly. Haha. But I would have loved to see them do it.

I'll say it again: them boys are just plain crazy!

Beaverton, OR

I wonder what they would have said if they had encountered a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, or even the First Presidency on the roof top?

"Miller said he was surprised the jump upset church security, and he bristled at the amount of the fines prosecutors levied against him and Rector." There's a reason why security thwarted it the first time. I'm surprised that there weren't more fines and restitution required.

But then again, they were shown some mercy, and Miller didn't fully comprehend that.

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