Does he deny he started the fire? Is he not known to be the one who started this
fire. no matter whether it was with a match or a torch?Considering the
long term consequences of his actions on the water and other natural resources
to the residents of Parowan, Panguitch, and surrounding areas and those whose
homes burned, the very small fine and possibilty of a short jail term is a
miniscule slap on the wrist. That punishment does not fit the crime. Not even
This is one of those cases where a move of trial location should be a
no-brainer. Of course he cannot get a fair trial inside of Iron county,
possibly not inside the entire State of Utah; and with the notorious nature of
the fire news spread; possibly not even anywhere in the Western US... though I
doubt he would want to travel far east for a trial... at the very least; he
should be granted a trial outside of those that live nearby.
He can always request a bench trial and leave the hatred of the jury pool out of
He is getting off easy with two misdemeanor charges. But why is this even
going to trial? Does he deny starting the fire or does he deny putting human
life in danger or burning without a permit?He did all three.
There has been lots of misinformation about the fire. At the time, for
instance, Mike Noel blamed environmental groups and federal land management
agencies in colorful terms. Other politicos jumped on the bandwagon. The
problem with Noel's claim was that the environmental groups did not start
the fire, and the fire burned on private--not public (federal)--land for the
first two days, meaning that federal land management had nothing to do with
it.That said, it is clear the defendant can't get a fair trial
in Iron County, where Parowan has had no secondary irrigation water for a year,
and every time it rains there are debris flows in Parowan Canyon, both because
of the fire.
RE: "Man charged with starting Brian Head fire cites 'hatred' in
community"...---D'ya think?When you start a
fire that burns down everybody in the community homes... there's going to
be some anger in that community. Even if it's an "Accident".You need to think about your neighbors (and their property) when you
start a fire. You may be comfortable assuming you can control the fire, but if
you think about them... you're probably going to make sure you can control
the fire, or not even start the fire in the first place.The
neighbors are probably pretty mad, I would expect that.
I agree with the good Dr. It's also an example of mob rule, how people can
be deceived by rumors and false accusations, making justice almost impossible to
How would he feel if someone burned down his home?
To hold a trial where no one has heard about the fire, it may have to be moved
to another state.
His thoughtless actions cause people to lose their homes and they hate him?
I hope he gets his trial moved. He's right in saying there is a lot of
hatred toward him in and around the community of Brian Head.
This is a perfect example of why we have the option of moving a criminal trial
to a more neutral place.