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Why a Federal Mental Health Court?
In 1956, at age 18, Burnt Murphy (yes, that is the correct spelling) was released from the Utah State Training School, Utah’s institution for “mentally retarded” youth. At age 19, Murphy was charged with the rape of a 5-year-old girl and subsequently the homicide of a young woman who had been a co-resident at the state training school.
Utah: A Friendly Welcome to the Crossroads of the West
In 1955, Hirum Bebee died after spending 10 years in a Utah prison for murder. This would be unremarkable but for the fact that Hirum Bebee may not have been his real name. Many believed the prisoner to be Harry Longbaugh, the famous bank and train robber also known as the Sundance Kid.
Faith or Federalism: Chronicles of the Federal Court in Utah
Having mushroomed from a modest population figure of about a quarter million people in 1896 to a fairly recent measurement at just over 2.7 million, the people of the Beehive State have much to be rightly proud of. Indeed, of all 50 states, Utah boasts the youngest population, highest birth rate, lowest death rate, healthiest people, highest literacy rate, highest percentage of high school graduates, and highest percentage of college-educated people.
Goodbye Old, Hello New!
Nudged by the prospective move of the U.S. District Court from 350 South Main St., its home of 107 years, to that mysterious structure next door to the west, I have been asked to say a few words about the history of the court and some of its personnel, and touch on myths, folklore and memories associated with the court.
The New Courthouse for the District of Utah: A Vision for the Future
It is difficult to imagine a greater contrast than the one between the old and new homes for the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.
A Real Safe Harbor
A Real Safe Harbor: The Long-Awaited Proposed FRCP Rule 37(e), Its Workings, and Its Guidance for ESI Preservation
Streamlining Mass Tort Litigation
Reigniting the Movement to Overturn Lexecon
Saving the Eyes and Sparing the Memory
Developments in Privilege Log Review and Implications for Log Preparation