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Robert Avery

Crime Scene

It’s All About the Benjamins

Was Puff Daddy singing about small towns in Utah and the speeding tickets they write? I attended BYU in the late-1970s and drove through a lot of small towns along I-15 to get home for the holidays and back for school. Those towns funded more than one Policeman’s Ball with…
Robert Avery
February 2, 2016
Crime SceneUncategorized

Unconstitutional Penalties

When we hear of unconstitutional penalties, most of us immediately think of the the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishments." But a statute itself can be unconstitutional if the penalties imposed are disparate and there is no reasonable legislative objective to warrant the disparate treatment of offenders. In Utah, "ll…
Robert Avery
February 1, 2016
Bankruptcy Trends

Bankruptcy Filers Beware: Con-Artists Posing As Attorneys

Telephone-Scam Soliciting Wire Transfers Prompts Utah Bankruptcy Court to Issue Warning The clerk of the Utah Bankruptcy Court has advised us that there is a group targeting bankruptcy debtors with a phishing attack. This new scam targets people who have filed for bankruptcy and others just getting started with the process. As…
Robert Avery
January 26, 2016
Crime Scene

Public Intoxication

Everybody knows (or should) that you cannot drive a car while intoxicated. However, many people are surprised to find that Utah, like most states, places restrictions on where you can drink and how much. Utah law prohibits you from consuming liquor in a public building, park, stadium, or on a…
Robert Avery
January 26, 2016