Friday, October 16, 2009

DJ Bell assault: Lohra Miller's KCPW interview

Posted By on October 16, 2009, 1:09 AM

Yesterday's Jeff Robinson interview with Salt Lake County D.A. Lohra Miller provided some insight on why D.J. Bell's attackers have yet to be prosecuted. (Busy folks needn't worry about a lengthy time commitment -- it clocks in at around six minutes; so go ahead and give it a listen.)

Robinson gets right to the point, and asks many of the questions we have all been wondering about. ---

Miller seems guarded and careful not to give away too much information -- that's the way interviews with D.A.s generally go -- but she emphatically denies that Bell's sexuality had anything to do with the choice to prosecute him rather than pursue charges against the assailants. (To Miller's credit, she recovered from using the despised phrase "sexual preference", immediately replacing it with the more accurate term "sexual orientation.") 

If the D.A.'s Office wasn't initially presented with sufficient evidence to prosecute the assaults, I suppose there's not much it could do but send the case back to South Salt Lake. But this bit about not knowing whom to prosecute seems a little sketchy. After all, it doesn't take CSI-style forensics to come back with, say, fingerprints.

Was Bell's apartment even dusted? If not, I'd imagine Miller's office would be very interested to find out why not. 

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