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Jessica Miller
Salt Lake Tribune legal affairs reporter. I sit in Utah courtrooms so you don't have to.
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After two weeks of a retrial, former real estate guru Rick Koerber’s fate on fraud allegations is once again in the hands of a jury:
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Jessica Miller Sep 17
ICYMI: Is this Vernal detective stopping prostitution or entrapping men in his Craigslist sex solicitation stings? and I spent months looking through police reports/court records, listening to courtroom audio and getting data for this story:
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Aubrey Wieber Sep 16
I started working on this story in January. and I spent an incredible amount of time reporting this story. It was expensive and seemed never-ending, but was kind enough to let me finish this. For that, I am very grateful.
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Jessica Miller Sep 16
Last year, and I read through hundreds of search warrants for a story. While doing that, we noticed one cop in Vernal had filed more warrants than any other officer in Utah — mostly sex solicitation cases. We dug into it further. Our story:
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The Salt Lake Tribune Sep 14
The Salt Lake Tribune has suspended columnist Robert Kirby for three months following an internal investigation after a Provo-based blogger detailed his inappropriate behavior toward her at a Mormon conference
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Jessica Miller Sep 14
ICYMI: Utah’s Catholic Diocese has received ‘credible allegations’ of sexual abuse against 16 priests since 1990 — two of them this year:
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Jessica Miller Sep 13
As usual, your class had the best questions!
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Jessica Miller Sep 13
Just updated this story with more details about a second Catholic priest in Utah who was placed on leave this year following an accusation of sexual misconduct. The Orem priest is accused of "misconduct" with an adult male and has been on leave since early July.
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Paighten Harkins Sep 13
I’m at the Utah State Capitol, where Elizabeth Smart is holding a press conference in response to the impending release of one of her kidnappers, Wanda Barzee. Here’s some background:
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Jessica Miller Sep 12
The story: After pleading guilty to aggravated murder, Austin Boutain will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a University of Utah international student:
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Jessica Miller Sep 12
Replying to @jm_miller
Boutain gives a short statement. "I just want to say to the families and the victims: I know sorry doesn't mean much, but I'm truly sorry."
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Jessica Miller Sep 12
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Looks like Boutain will be sentenced today. Per the plea agreement, the judge is expected to sentence him to life in prison without parole.
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Jessica Miller Sep 12
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Judge asks Boutain what his plea is to aggravated murder? "Guilty," the man responds. He also pleads guilty to attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, assault by prisoner and damaging a jail cell.
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Jessica Miller Sep 12
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The judge says the plea deal also includes Boutain pleading guilty to attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping. Expected that Boutain would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Jessica Miller Sep 12
Happening now: Austin "AJ" Boutain is in court and will plead guilty to aggravated murder for shooting University of Utah student ChenWei Guo last year. Background:
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Jessica Miller Sep 11
New: In a reversal from the parole board's previous order, Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Wanda Barzee will be released from prison next week.
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Rachel Molenda Sep 9
As part of our lookback at the first year of Operation Rio Grande, we asked some folks from Salt Lake City’s homeless community to photograph a few days of their lives. You can see their pictures and what they had to say about them here:
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Jessica Miller Sep 7
New: Why did the Woods Cross police chief resign during a City Council meeting this week? Officials have been vague, with the city administrator only saying it was a mutual decision after there was "some matters we couldn’t see eye-to-eye on."
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Jessica Miller Sep 7
Kevin McCann was killed last summer after another homeless man threw a 53-pound paving stone on him. As his killer was sentenced to prison today, McCann's family offered forgiveness — and hope that Kepedro Kegler gets mental health treatment. My story:
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Jessica Miller Sep 4
Despite a judge’s order, Utah’s prison hasn’t handed over records to the attorneys of an inmate facing the ultimate punishment. This is the second time this year where attorneys say they haven't been able to get prison records in a death penalty case:
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