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Published: Monday, Sept. 17 2012 6:01 p.m. MDT

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Red Smith
American Fork, UT

The Judge Stoney should get the same brand of justice he gave out.

I'm sure one of the complainants will sue Mr. Stoney so he too can enjoy the same legal process, too.

The real problem with city justice courts in Utah is that there is no recording of the proceedings. Every court proceeding including justice courts should be recorded and available for public review. Had recordings occurred in this justice court, the problems in Saratoga Springs would have been nipped in the bud years ago.

While the law does not require recordings of justice court, the City Council could and should have required it.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Stoney just needs a little help from a councellor and he will be alright. He's actually a good guy, he just seems to have let the power go to his head.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

It is frustrating to see members of the legal community appear to live by an alternate set of rules. Over the years judges of varying levels are accused of misconduct, as are attorneys only have the issue decided by their peers behind closed doors. We, the public, are not present at the proceedings nor privy to the evidence and "punishment" served.

I, for one, think it is wrong to let this man escape his day in court, and in reality, it should be in an open court.

As to Flashback's comment that Mr. Stoney is a good guy who has let "power go to his head", that is an oxymoron, good people do not succumb to ego trips. Besides the topic is not Mr. Stoney's "goodness" nor "badness" but his conduct.

pattyp
Saratoga Springs, UT

We live in Saratoga Springs. We have a son who suffers from schizophrenia. He has been picked up several times for possession of a small amount of drugs. He is always co-operative with the officers and is not violent. He is in his early thirties and we have watched him suffer with voices and delusions since he was in seventh grade. He doesn't understand things about the law etc. It's hard for us to see him held to the same standard as those who have the full capacity of their minds. I don't want to go into a full explanation of how schizophrenia affects the mind. I just want people to be aware that it is a disease that is slowly destroying his mind. When my son went before Judge Stoney we met a man with great compassion. He took the time to talk with us about our sons condition and ruled accordingly. He still had consequences from the court, but they were reasonable for what we were dealing with. Judge Stoney has a special place in our hearts. Pattyp

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