Op-ed: County attorneys are powerful people — choose wisely this election year

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  • majmajor Layton, UT
    May 8, 2018 11:23 a.m.

    Davis County can’t get a competent attorney that can afford the tax cut...

    So I guess we have to keep Rawlings.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2018 9:49 a.m.

    Look at what's happened in Salt Lake County in recent years. After biased news reporting against a former policeman and a former Utah Attorney General, the county prosecutor charged both in separate cases with serious crimes that were later thrown out by a judge or a jury. In each case, political motives were the driving motivation.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    May 6, 2018 11:16 p.m.

    Great op-ed. Most people think that judges have all the power. The prosecutor, however, often has more power than the judge because he or she can pick the charge against the defendant. I have talked with judges who lamented people they had to find guilty, but believed the crime charged was unjust based on what the person had actually done. Picking a prosecutor who has the wisdom to pick the right charge rather than the highest possible charge, is crucial. Also picking a county attorney who is not political is key. A persons politics should never play into how they are charged.