West Valley City denies attorney's request to release police records in Susan Powell case

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  • EnosEugenius Shenandoah, IA
    Aug. 30, 2012 5:38 a.m.

    "After reviewing (the documents), it is very apparent to us that releasing them at this time would subject us to a great amount of civil liability. So we will stall as long as possible, hoping that the courts will allow us to avoid the liability completely," Rushton said. "Gotta love that statute of limitations!"

  • huggyface Murray, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    C'mon WVC, it's time the information is released and the Cox family can start to have some justice.

    This is your chance to alter public opinion of the city. It's issues like this that make WVC a less desirable place to live. The hospital there is a joke and now there are new developments around Valley Fair that will likely be empty in a few years.

    You owe it to Cox family.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    My guess is that they're still trying to find out what, if anything, Steven Powell had to do with her disappearance. Of course they wouldn't want anything released if it would hamper their ability to catch him. For what it's worth, he's always been the one I most suspected. He's a REAL sicko.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    What a travesty for this family and others that may fall into the same scenario in the future. The precedent is set by the judges in Washington and Utah sealing records from the beginning. Why? Was it the investigation or someone trying to protect someone else or their perceived rights? Josh Powell, RIH, and his father made a mockery of the system. The disappearance of his wife and everything that happened afterward was a scam on his/their part. The kids were never really protected by the government's safety and welfare of society processes. The West Valley Police knew exactly how to publicize their events to the world when it would appear to be their advantage and have people know where they were going on some of those high publicity events. Parents of the missing or deceased, what is happening. Josh Powell took his children in one of the most horrific deaths ever, fire and burning, while the state did not take care of those innocent little kids. Who is watching out for their GRAMA, Mrs. Cox, who loves them more than anyone can know. GRAMA was used wrongly in this case and the legislature would take it away.

  • fish8 Vernal, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    Of course they denied the request. They don't want everybody to see how badly they messed up.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 29, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    I think the O.J. Nichole Brown-Simpson investigation is also still underway. If the investigation is underway and ongoing, it's fair to ask an impartial judge to take a look at the work proceeding. The only problem with that is you cannot trust judges any more than you can trust lawyers and police and bankers and politicians. We have a problem Houston!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    Cover up.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 29, 2012 6:17 a.m.

    Steven. He had pictures of her without her knowledge. He had pictures of others without their knowledge. He ran his son.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 28, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    You have to remember the city with which you're dealing and their history with the press. I'm not the least bit surprised that they refused the public records request. I just hope this bunch actually gets to a conclusion of this case before Chuck and Judy Cox pass away of old age. But that's a lot to expect from a city whose Mayor promised on local TV that the police were "very close" to breeaking the case wide open a couple of summers ago when three Powell's were still alive. I don't know how it could get any more strange. I'm certain that Steve Powell isn't talking ever; maybe that's what WVCPD is waiting for. Good Luck if it is.....

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 28, 2012 9:37 p.m.

    It's hard to understand any public interest or criminal prosecution potential of a dead man for keeping West Valley City records secret. On the surface the public relation nightmare is growing as the general assumption that West Valley City may have something to hide because something terrible went wrong in the investigation. The City is going to have to do a better job of presenting its case of keeping its important investigation secret.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Aug. 28, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    OK, WVC.

    PROVE that there's an "ongoing investigation". Of WHAT?