Facebook Twitter

ENDLESS APPEALS THWART JUSTICE

SHARE ENDLESS APPEALS THWART JUSTICE

To the editor:

The NAACP and defense attorneys for the William Andrews murder case presumably are law-abiding citizens. They should respect an informative legal view by Earl F. Dorius, former prosecuting attorney for the Utah attorney general's office (Forum, May 30).Having served many years as a state legislator, I was associated with Earl Dorius during his unrelenting prosecution of the infamous "Hi Fi" torture murder case. Citizens of Utah were fortunate having a state attorney with his legal knowledge, integrity and outstanding public service record.

Seemingly endless court appeals, through a myriad of legal technicalities, line the pockets of eager attorneys, make a mockery of the judicial system, clog the court system and delay trials having merit.

The court system seems unable or unwilling to curb flagrant abuse of capital appeals. The indecisiveness conveys the idea that an 18-year-old ongoing murder case should warrant a constitutional amendment removing any reference to a "fair and speedy trial."

Jack Smith

Grantsville