Was deal in City Creek shooting plot yanked over political pressure?

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  • Kia Kaha St George, UT
    April 15, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    Blaming this poor guy for scaring away the shoppers from City Creek Center. There were no shoppers at CCC to scare away. Friday nights were dismal before this man came on the scene. The Church is paying the stores at City Creek to stay closed on Sunday. It was never designed to recoup the billions in development costs. It was sold or given away to Taubman for $76 million, not $(5)76 million. Our poor brother has become a convenient scapegoat for the brilliant financial and development minds at PRI.

    April 15, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Hamilton noted his client didn't own a gun and said police have confirmed that "if he tried to buy a gun, he would be unable to buy a gun."

    Sure he could. I have bought four different guns (one in a gun store and two at a gun show) with nothing more than cash and a handshake. Usually I prefer to go through the classifieds in the newspaper. It is much easier to deal with a private owner, there is no paperwork, and they are usually willing to bargain or trade. I gave a mountain bike for a .357 S&W once. Most pawn shops will work with you a lot too. I bought a Springfield 30-40 Krag (I love old war rifles from the 1800's and early 1900's) and didn't even have to show ID. Yes there are laws they are supposed to obey, but many of them are pretty easygoing once you talk to them.

    @play by the rules,

    A Taurus Judge is my daily concealed carry. Bought it at a gun show in Louisiana with a handshake and a smile.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    April 14, 2014 9:51 p.m.

    Crazies like this on the loose is all the more reason for conceal and carry.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    April 14, 2014 5:19 p.m.

    Lock him up for life.

    I'm about as forgiving as it gets (at least in principle) in terms of the law and how we ought to punish criminal behavior. But to plan something like this is an amount of mental instability that I wouldn't risk or wager our safety on.

    If you refuse to live peacefully in society, then you should be removed from society. My dad used to say "take them to an island and leave them there". I dismissed such as old fogey talk, but now I actually agree with him. We need to protect ourselves from within and not enough is being done about it.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 14, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    Re: "The state clearly represented that it was under pressure to not dismiss this case . . . ."

    Yeah. That's called victim advocacy. And, it's not only perfectly legal, the law requires that prosecutors communicate with victims of crime, and take into account their concerns in making prosecutorial decisions.

    This is an absolute non-issue, though the criminal defense bar, which is not bound by the same code of ethics as prosecutors, will often attempt stunts such as this, to influence public sentiment in the hope of tainting the jury pool.

    Sadly, callow journalists, anxious for a story, often fall for it.