Entertaining DUI Cases

(To: Great Oak High School. You are the best!) "Court Case Friday" Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases are very tragic. Tens of thousands of people are killed or maimed every year by drunk drivers. In fact, drunk drivers kill someone "Every 15 Minutes." Yet sometimes DUI cases can be entertaining. Golf Cart on the … Continue reading Entertaining DUI Cases

Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day

(I have performed countless civil wedding in my judicial capacity. Here is my wedding talk.) Ten Laws of Matrimony Over the years, I have become convinced that to have a strong and happy marriage, we must abide by the laws of matrimony.  Let me briefly share with you ten of those laws. First, a strong … Continue reading Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day

The Defendant Who Was a God

One afternoon I was arraigning a large group of prisoners in the “cage” in my courtroom. I started advising these defendants of their constitutional rights. One of the women suddenly interrupted me and screamed, “I don’t recognize you.” I thought to myself, “I don’t’ recognize you either.” She continued, “I am a god. I don’t recognize you, … Continue reading The Defendant Who Was a God

The Tenant and the Haunted House

Although my primary judicial assignment is presiding over criminal cases, I sometimes handle a variety of cases. I was very interested when I heard an eviction case with a unique twist.  The homeowner was trying to evict the renter for failing to pay rent. The renter claimed he was excused from paying on the grounds that the … Continue reading The Tenant and the Haunted House

Hulk Hogan to the Rescue

Most criminal cases I handle are routine. Sometimes, especially dealing with  mentally impaired defendants, I need to get creative.    I was assigned a case of a developmentally disabled young man who lived in a care home. He was a huge fan of Hulk Hogan, the world-famous wrestler. One morning, while this young man and his housemates … Continue reading Hulk Hogan to the Rescue

Uncle Ted Tickets the Prophet

My Great Uncle Ted was the eighth Colonel of the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP).  He had a reputation for hard work and absolute honesty and integrity. His catchphrases were: “No one is above the law” and “No one gets a break because of who they are.” Trooper Ted’s reputation for stalwart integrity was solidified when … Continue reading Uncle Ted Tickets the Prophet