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Published: Monday, June 18 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

A preliminary hearing is not a mandatory court proceeding, it is just meant to save taxpayers time and money by having a judge rule on the evidence. If it turns out there is not enough evidence to move forward with the trial the case is dismissed or sometimes the charges are amended and a plea deal is offered. Waiving the preliminary saves time, hopefully the defense team will have full discovery by then, if not, the odds of Matthew receiving a fair trial are not good.

Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . the odds of Matthew receiving a fair trial are not good."

Actually, the odds of this criminal receiving a fair trial and his just deserts are quite good. It looks like, though, the odds of a speedy trial are not as good. This has all the earmarks of a long, drawn-out Allgier-esque defense romp.

It's sad that judges invariably fall for these obvious unwarranted delay and cynical appellate record-building tactics.

Boise, ID

Perhaps his family can also raise funds to pay for his medical care. Or is that a burden that the good taxpayers should gladly assume?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: ignoranceisbliss Salt Lake City, UT
"... if not, the odds of Matthew receiving a fair trial are not good."

All the evidence needed to convict this suspect is buried in the cemetery. Why should the prosecutor offer him a plea deal if he is innocent? He will receive a fair trial, and the jury will will reach a fair decision.

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