Attorneys argue search of Steven Powell home was illegal


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  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    March 7, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    @ Vidar

    The search warrant obtained by prosecutors requested permission to Âany and all digital copies that would be stored on Joshua PowellÂs computer(s) or digital storage devices, Steven PowellÂs computer(s) or digital storage devices, and any other computer(s) or digital storage devices that Joshua or Steven Powell would have access to in any common part of the residenceÂ.

    While this may come as a disappointment to Steven Powell and those few who are supportive of his behavior the chances of this evidence being thrown out by the judge are very minimal. But you can't blame his lawyers for giving it the old college try.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 7, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Re: VIDAR 9:54 a.m. March 7, 2012
    "And to rifleman; I said If, if the evidence was obtained illegally, then it should be thrown out."

    You'll get no argument out of me on that point. There is nothing pesky about the 4th Amendment. The judge will determine whether the search warrant that was lawfully executed allowed for a search of the suspect's computer. From what we've been told it did. If the judge rules that the evidence is admissible the jury will be allowed to see it.

    Just because the defense attorneys challenge the scope of the search warrant is no reason to believe they will prevail.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    March 7, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    Eagle Mountain, UT

    perhaps we should just get rid of search warranty altogether. And that pesky thing called the bill of rights.
    Anytime the police want to search your home, person, or car, they can without any restrictions.

    And to rifleman; I said If, if the evidence was obtained illegally, then it should be thrown out. The police need to obey the law like anyone else.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 7, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    Way too many lairs..er..lawyers in this country. All evidence should be available in a trial. If the authorities got it illegally, they should be mildly reprimanded.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 7, 2012 6:09 a.m.

    Re: VIDAR 4:46 p.m. March 6, 2012
    "If the police broke the law, then the evidence is not admissible."

    You can't blame a suspect's attorneys to earn their money by challenging the limits of a legally obtained search warrant. That doesn't mean a judge is going to buy into their argument. If the search warrant included search of an electronic device I should think that would include computers.

    My prediction: The evidence obtained during this legal search will be admissible in court. Who knows, maybe the jury will laugh the kiddie porn off as harmless entertainment.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    March 6, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    If the police broke the law, then the evidence is not admissible.
    Dont get down on the defense attorney for doing his job.
    Without defense attoneys; we would have anarchy and facism.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    March 6, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Oh my word. Gotta love attorneys these days! Amazing. Has anyone bothered to ask them the hard question, "Why?" Just saying .....

  • MrsB1971 Kissimmee, FL
    March 6, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    It's no wonder that this kind of garbage thrives, there will always be lawyers who will do their very best to get the perverts free no matter what. How would these guys feel if it had been their children?

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    March 6, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    Just merely more thieving corrupt defense attorneys wanting more taxpayer monies thats what this is all about!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 6, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    The search warrant allowed for "the seizure of seven journals that belonged to Susan Powell, any type of digital or electronic device that could store copies of Susan Powell's journals, "any other fruits or instrumentalities determined to be evidence of kidnapping, homicide and obstruction of justice"

    Good luck to Steven Powell's attorneys on their phony argument.