Pamela Mortensen released from jail; family grateful
Go look at what the prosecutor and sheriff said about this case back in August.
Without jumping to conclusions, it looks like the prosecutor gave impermissible
(and apparently wrong) opinions about the evidence. The sheriff made prejudicial
comments about Roger's unwillingness to cooperate that probably poisoned the
jury pool. The prosecutor insisted the grand jury process was fair and not
designed to take away the defense attorneys' right to cross-examine the
witnesses. Right.I was a prosecutor. A prosecutor's duty is to seek
justice and truth, not to obtain an indictment whenever possible. The prosecutor
is a gatekeeper who should reject any case that cannot be proven beyond a
reasonable doubt. The sheriff is the prosecutor's agent, sworn to uphold the law
and respect a suspect's constitutional rights. Abuse of power occurs when
prosecutors and sheriffs exalt convictions over truth. Innocent people go to
jail and lives are ruined. If that's what happened in this case,
then perhaps the prosecutor and sheriff should get to spend 4 months in jail,
and see how they like it. Unlike the Mortensens, they would deserve it.
As for the blue glove/purple glove thing, maybe one of them is color blind. My
husband is. He sees blue when it is actually purple or green, especially a
lighter color. Being wrongfully accused happens more than you realize. It
happened to my husband a few years ago when he was accused by a granddaughter of
improperly touching her. He did not do it at all, but something like that is
nearly impossible to prove, and the court takes the word of a sometimes very
imaginative or vindictive child. His attorney arranged a plea bargain for 3rd
degree, instead of risking a trial on 1st degree charges. He spent 6 months in
jail for something he didn't do, and will be on the sex offenders' registry for
many years, along with many other restrictions and expenses. This same child
went on to accuse others of similar things, in another state, which got
dismissed by that court.I'm happy for Roger and Pam, and I hope his
other legal issues can be taken care of soon, so they can be together again.
Doesn't bring back the lost time, however.
I can see the "defense strategy" NOW, being used for these two
"new" defendants..."Utah County Sheriff's Office and Prosecutors,
indicted two of the victims,then arrested MY clients based on an anonymous tip.
My clients are alleging that Roger and Pam Mortensen set the robbery up".
So, in Utah County, a police chief gets a PASS, for intentionally
concealing merchandise (which is theft on Utah), but witness statements that are
"conflicting" result in indictments...Is this incompetence or
bias or both? Even the residents of Utah County DESERVE a professional law
This turnaround in the case can't help but leave big doubts in the abilities of
Utah County crime officials. They arrested two family members and declared they
committed the crime and threw them in jail to rot. We were all told that their
story was bogus and that they were as guilty as the sun is bright. That's an
incredible level of incompetence. I'm concerned about stepping foot in that
county again. You report a crime and YOU become the chief suspect.
I wish some reporter could find out all the "inconsistencies" that led
to this indictment.Per the article: "She saw purple gloves,
while he saw blue gloves," and "Pamela Mortensen had remembered one of
the killers sitting on a stool in the home while Roger Mortensen hadn't."
If that is what it takes to get a secret grand jury indictment, lets get rid of
secret grand juries!
Payson Police = Barney Fife...I've had nothing but bad experiences
when I lived by Payson and went through that town. Nothing worse than
incompetence with a badge! Unbelievable!!!
The DA and the police screwed up royally from the beginning. How do you know
they have the right ones now.This wrongfully prosecuting the wrong
people is a national epidemic and needs to be fixed. The DA's and the police
around the nation need better qualified people, including judges.
Congrats to Roger and Pam on their freedom, and the fact that the true murderers
were found through the anonymous tip. And thank you to the person
who turned in the two men. Even though it was hard to do, it was definitely the
right thing to do.
Time to draw out a loan at the credit union and bail out these guys. But only if
they are as guilty as the last two people our justice system poorly judged. 2 innocent people get punished and their lived ruined. Brian David
Mitchell known as guilty for almost a decade still has received no
punishment.What has happened to Utah?Time to move to Texas.
This case shows how fallible the criminal justice system is and makes me wonder
how many others have been tried and executed for murders that they never
Lawsuit coming and deserved. Firings? One would hope so. Thin case.
Ahem! The cops sure have egg on their face in this one.What a mess.
Glad they caught the real bad guys!