When I was in law school (1972-75) the Utah Supreme Court was the brunt of
several bad jokes. Beginning with Gov. Rampton and fortunately following
through with each subsequent the Utah Supreme Court improved. chief justice
Durrant will raise the trajectory once again.
I disagree with rawlshea.With Ms. Durham as the Chief Justice, the
Utah Supreme Court has had more than its share of bad decisions. For example,
just a few years ago the U. S. Supreme Court overturned a Utah Supreme Court
decision 9 to 0, stating in its decision that it (the U. S. Supreme Court) took
the case only to correct the Utah Supreme Court's failure to apply "well
settled law." The case involved a search by Brigham City police, which the
Utah Supreme Court, with Ms. Durham writing the opinion, had ruled was illegally
done. The U. S. Supreme Court stated in its opinion that the Utah court had
completely disregarded settled law. That one case was an
embarrassment for the Utah judiciary, but case is just one of many. In my
opinion, the Utah courts will improve dramatically when Ms. Durham steps down.