Utah to feds: Stop enforcing our laws

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  • BH Tremonton, UT
    June 10, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    ConservativeCommonTater may want to read the article again. He or she missed the point, that Utah's new law has nothing to do with Federal laws on any lands, but instead has to do with Federal law enforcement officers, enforcing Utah laws. Big difference.

    Some above may have missed a very important point of this bill. It is the principle of the Federal Government assuming the right to enforce State laws, without being given the authority, by the State of Utah, to do so. In consideration of the Federal Government's lawsuit against the State of Arizona, for Arizona's enforcement of Federal Immigration law, t seems to be very hypocritical of the Federal Government, to assume the right to enforce State laws. It reeks of big government / big brother attitude.

    I for one hope that Utah pursues this case in the courts as far as necessary. Let the Federal Government enforce Federal law, and leave the State to enforce State law.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2013 6:00 p.m.


    Not talking about federal laws here. Guess you missed that

    What caused you to miss those important fact?

    Maybe your evident desire to insult conservatives.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    June 10, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    When will Utah learn that it doesn't own the National Park lands? The park service people are the only oens that have a legal right to enforce Federal laws on Federal lands.

    Give it up, Utah is never going to get ANY Federal lands.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 10, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    This may be true but it has to be precarious for the Utah Attorney General to make this type of complaint when the supreme Federal government is looking at his cases with multiple targets.

    That is a real impact for Utah to not have a real working Attorney General that can defend our rights and privileges as a State of Utah.

    How much longer with a person a absentia will we have? Even if we have one, when will he be able to speak without something else coming up about his previous behavior? That is the real question.

    Do we have the time to put up with excess baggage we don't know about, yet?

  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    June 9, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    This weekend I watched a ranger in a Utah national park pull over a motorist who passed a car on a double yellow line speeding at 55 mph in a 15 mile per hour zone. This nearly caused a collision with an oncoming car in a very traffic congested area. I met up with the ranger and mentioned how shocked I was to witness the scene.
    So, if I read this article correctly, this Utah law would prevent the ranger from ticketing this motorist?
    Who exactly would be responsible for keeping the road safe and issuing tickets if this law took place? The national park isn't really close to a town. Would it be the county? The highway patrol? The nearest city police? I don't see the manpower to do it state wide.
    Sometimes the laws Utah passes make no sense to me. Apparently the Dept. of Justice thinks so too. Taxpayers should revolt that the AG office is spending taxpayer money to fight this folly.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 9, 2013 3:39 a.m.

    On this I have to agree with the state and the state has the right to sue the DOJ for unconstitutional acts and violating established law that the federal governemnt does not and cannot establish police departments or policing agency for civil crimes and state laws.

    Its time the DOJ and president Obama get a criminal reprimand from the Supreme Court and federal courts that they are out of control and out of their jurisdiction. The DOJ is not a federal policing agency, an unconstitutional interpretation. The Patriot Act does not grant law enforcement to the DOJ, President, or any federal agency. The FBI can only enforce federal laws and pursue under federal law violations.