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Published: Monday, April 21 2014 10:20 a.m. MDT

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Clovis, NM

Looks like no trial will be required.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

As far as addressing our gang problem goes, it's a start.

sandy, ut

This ended well for everybody. No innocents hurt, and a dangerous man that can no longer commit crimes against society. I call it a win - win.

Bountiful, UT

I don't understand why the judge declared a mistrial. She said what happened would prejudice the jury. But what happened was the doing of the defendant, if anything this act sheds light on his character, and if not let the defense attorney explain why not.

I've often heard that our system of justice is the best in the world. Things like this and sending a person to prison to prison for decades because he had a gun strapped to his ankle when selling marijuana make me have my doubts. [I am referring to the case where Senator Orin Hatch tried to get a drug dealers sentence lessened].

If the United States has the best justice system in the world, it doesn't mean we don't have a lot of improving to do, and it does imply that all the rest of the countries in the world have pretty poor justice systems.

Layton, UT

I don't understand how the actions of the (then) defendant could "taint" a jury. His actions testified louder about his character and his probable guilt to the charges than if he got sworn in. He had the right-to-remain-silent, but didn't have the capacity to do so.

Seriously, I feel for the Marshal and the occupants of the court. I wish that they are able to recover from this tragic event.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

My condolences to Angilau's family. It seems like he was in a bad space and not coming out of it any time soon so I cannot regret that he will not be on the street to do more harm. On the other hand, he was somebody's little boy at some point and his family must be heartbroken over his life and death.


We should applaud the Marshal. Thanks for your service to keep us all safer.

usa, NY

Tongan cripts---does it mean he is really from Tonga?

salt lake city, UT

Thanks to Judge Tina Campbell. That she had the presence of mind to visit the traumatized jury reflects on her incredible courage and commitment. I hope the Jury is thanked for one of the most important civic duties one can have, serving on a jury. We must do something about the violence in our society. Simply putting people in prison doesn't work. Why not have our institutions of higher education receive a few grants to study the problem. But, most important let us recognize Judge Campbell for the courageous jurist she is.


"When I kneel down at night I pray for mercy not justice." James Faust.

Perhaps all of you who are glad a man is shot are guilt free, as for me I am neither ready to cast the first shoe or bullet. That relates to the comments made here.

As for the U.S. Marshal - he did his duty and did it correctly and well. We should applaud his skill and professionalism and speak nothing of the man who was shot.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Seeing people die in front of you is never good even if they "deserve" it. Taking a life of someone is a trying experience even if the shooting is a "righteous" kill. I find some of the flippant comments concerning.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Thank you to the U.S. Marshall for his quick and correct action

Part of our justice system is having fair trials, and violent attacks on witnesses, or jury members, or the judges MUST NOT be tolerated. The truth must come out so that justice can be rendered in a fair verdict, and actions by defendants or their accomplices to intimidate others must be prevented.

Well done, sir.

Moses Lake, WA

Awwww that's too bad

Farmington, UT

Maybe someone can disabuse me of this notion, but it seems like some of the detail shared about the witness's testimony (which sparked the attack) might put that witness's life in danger from other TCG members. Maybe that eventuality has already been dealt with via a witness protection program, but the comments by the jury member, while incredibly newsworthy, seem inappropriate and perhaps inflammatory. Am I just being paranoid?

salt lake, UT

Even when the death of another human being could not be avoided as appears to be the case here it certainly is not cause for flippant and childish comments.

Canton, GA

The Marshall who shot the defendant appears to be a hero! I wasn't there & I don't know the facts for certain, but if the reporting is accurate, then that Marshall deserves a medal for his quick response! Good training & superb response with accuracy & safety, exactly the way it should be. The judge is also to be commended for declaring a quick mistrial. All defendants deserve a fair trial. Period! Balancing justice & mercy requires the wisdom of Solomon.

Born in Bountiful
Provo, Utah

I've been in over a 100 trials I cannot understand how the Marshalls were not on the man before he got 2 steps out of his chair. Someone was asleep in the courtroom or playing video games on their phones. Why wasn't the bad guy wearing a stun belt or vest? These are routinely required in cases of violent offenders. You hit a button and the guy goes down like a rock from the shock. And shooting in court room? This is totally unacceptable even if the guy was a total bum.


@ rawlshea1

Judge Campbell made the decision to have the defendant (convicted gang member of multiple violent crimes) unshackled in her courtroom so as to "not prejudice the jury." What a load of crap! The defendant's record spoke for itself. If the defendant is shackled with handcuffs and ankle cuffs, this senseless situation never happens. I can only imagine the trauma the defendant caused the jurors, his own family, the federal marshall and all who witnessed the shooting. Thank goodness the marshall was well trained to handle the situation and no innocent people were injured.

Saint Louis, MO

Gang members are sworn to secrecy about their life style. In many cases, they were brought into the gang through a violent initiation. They are sworn to uphold the "code". The lack of shackling for violent offenders is not the most common sense approach to security. Just think if that marshall had not been standing there. The idea was to intimidate the jury and it evidently worked. Who will want to be on a similar RICO jury?

Layton, UT

Can you imagine if the marshal would've missed one of his shots and hit the little girl sitting in the courtroom?!

There has to be a better way to restrain a defendant than shooting them in the chest 3+ times.

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