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Home / Articles / News / Cover Story /  Feature | Illegally Blond: The wild party at Salt Lake County Attorney Lohra Miller’s house goes on. And on. Page 2
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Feature | Illegally Blond: The wild party at Salt Lake County Attorney Lohra Miller’s house goes on. And on. Page 2

By Ted McDonough
Posted // March 18,2008 - Doggy Day Care
Part of Miller’s trouble seems to be that her family was seen as not quite good enough for the suburb they moved into in spring 2004.

Cars enter Miller’s neighborhood through a tall red brick wall that surrounds the entire development. A small concrete sign set in the wall proclaims you have just entered “Ivory Crossing.” Another warns salespeople to keep out. Residents enjoy a clubhouse, a pool and restrictive covenants that govern everything from the look of the lawns to the behavior of residents.

People move here because they don’t want to live next to neighbors who leave toys on their lawn. Apparently, pink flamingoes were among the few things for which the Millers didn’t get into trouble with the Ivory Crossing homeowners association:
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  • April 16, 2007. “During your parties your neighbors have had to drive on their lawns to access their driveways and also have had to negotiate through numerous vehicles. This must stop immediately.
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  • Aug. 9, 2007. “The day care operated out of your home has been identified as a nuisance,” says a notice asking the Millers to shut it, or get a business license and approval from the homeowner management committee.
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  • Article III Paragraph 9 Section e Subsection 14: “Please take appropriate action to make sure your dog is not allowed to run through the community without supervision.”
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  • Parking. “Vehicles are not allowed to be parked on the streets overnight. Do not park your vehicle so as to block or deny other residents access to their homes.”

If the Millers’ behavior mimics that of Sanford & Son, it’s not from a lack of working hard to come up in the world.

Lohra Miller, an Air Force brat and self-made woman grew her career and business from scratch. She graduated in 1988 from Brigham Young University law school. Husband Lorenzo worked briefly as a park ranger before he, too, became a lawyer. Gradually they amassed contracts to become the for-hire prosecuting firm for many cities throughout the Salt Lake Valley, earning a reputation as particularily tough on minors caught drinking. Though she had never handled a felony crime as a city prosecutor, Lohra Miller ran for district attorney in 2006 and won the open seat. It’s been virtually nothing but trouble for her since.

During her campaign, Miller was investigated for accepting more than $30,000 in donations from employees of a single company, Wasatch Property Management. Wasatch employees told City Weekly prior to the election they had been given $2,000 bonus checks, equal to the maximum allowable political contribution and were directed to donate it to Miller’s campaign. Attorney General Shurtleff backed Miller’s campaign. His staff declined to investigate, as did the district attorney, saying since Miller wasn’t yet a public official, campaign finance laws didn’t apply to her.

Miller’s first year as district attorney witnessed a string of long-term assistant district attorneys jumping ship. She fought with Salt Lake County councilmen over allegations she invented an imaginary crime wave to justify increasing her office budget. Most recently, Miller has been in the news for firing Kent Morgan, a 24-year prosecutor who ran against Miller for the 2006 Republican district attorney nomination.

But Miller doesn’t get to leave her troubles at the office.

During last year’s investigation of her neighbors’ complaints, South Jordan Police reported they could find no evidence of underage drinking parties at the home of Miller whose "Ask A Cop" campaign for district attorney earned her the backing of police unions. Since election, Miller has stedfastly refused to prosecute police officers accused of crimes.

Lt. Rob Hansen of the South Jordan Police Department told newspapers that he looked through police files and found only two reports of responses to the Miller house, neither dealing with reports of parties.

But that wasn’t quite accurate. South Jordan Police files did contain a report of underage drinking in the Miller house—a bizarre one.

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Posted // March 30,2008 at 19:30 Well I’m glad you’ve done your research and everything, and please, I mean no harm or hostility. Only to let you know that reading the newspaper and looking at myspace does not give you every corner of someone’s life and everything about who they are. nI’m fully aware that reading things like this about political figures is extremely unsettling, but seeing the cover they made, the article about it, and the things people say is what got me. I know the Millers personally, I’m very good friends with them, and know them better than your newspaper does, and I can tell you Lohra Miller and her family are not guilty of everything they’ve been accused of, not even half. I can give you my word on that.nI’m just saying it’s gone past general concern of someone’s legal decisions, which makes sense, to severe judging and gossiping about a person’s own life and morale.nnnnOh and are you an adult? Because I’m not sure I could believe that Her personal life needs to focus more on her son, his myspace page shows a child with severe issues. could come out of one. Myspace is a joke. A myspace page barely reflects personality, let alone whether or not he has severe issues.

 

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Posted // March 26,2008 at 18:39 Your task to defend Lohra Miller is monumental. The categories the people feel angered range from lying, parenting, political, neighborly and legal. nnThe people want those in power to be trustworthy with good character. Most of the people only have the media outlets to see if the people in power are trustworthy with good character. nnIt was proven that Lohra Miller has lied to us. Take all the news from every media outlet it does not paint a very nice picture of Lohra Miller.nnLook at her professional life where people have jump ship at an alarming rate. Her personal life needs to focus more on her son, his myspace page shows a child with severe issues. nnThese two subjects are the most talked about in our office.nPolitical people professional and personal lives are important because their decisions affect our professional and personal lives. Do you condone everthing she has done?

 

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Posted // March 26,2008 at 08:26 And all I’m saying is that I find it funny that you all talk about Lohra Miller like you personally know her and everything about her. The only thing you people know about her is what you read from news articles, which are completely biased, that’s how you sell newspapers.nAll I’m saying is that you shouldn’t judge what you don’t know, and trust me, you don’t. I’m talking to everyone, not just you listen up parents. nLohra Miller does not condone teenage drinking or partying.nIf you’re willing to crucify the Millers as parents, I’m blown away that you could think you have to right to judge like that. It makes me sick. Kids do these things. You’re kid got into some bad stuff, but don’t say Lohra Miller fueled that. Put cameras on your house, and I’m sure people would find some things that don’t fit into your perfect lifestyle and child-raisingnnPeace and LovenI’m glad I’m not you

 

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Posted // March 26,2008 at 07:41 Lohra MILLER is getting what she deserves. She is unethical and is not qualified for the position in which she holds. But this story reported an inaccurate fact, she is prosecuting a cop and has no grounds to do so. She is acting like a referree in a basketball game.. When they make bad calls, the have to make up for them at some point in the game..which is known to all as a MAKE UP CALL! She refused to prosecute on cops that should have been prosecuted.. (the unjustified shooting, letting the granite officer off)... but a cop has an accident..which is not his fault and unavoidable and she chooses to prosecute!! She has put that Taylorsville officer through hell..... SO HOW DOES KARMA FEEL NOW MRS. MILLER!@!

 

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Posted // March 23,2008 at 15:45 People, you all act like the Miller parents are walking around handing out drinks, or sitting down with the kids and slamming shots with them all night. If there was anything at all going on in that house, I’m certain the teenagers did it like every other teenager, under the table and out of sight. And that’s only IF it even occured at all.nI’m very sorry, but I can’t have sympathy for the neighbors because they were woken up at night from car doors shutting. If it’s really ruining those people’s lives, well I think they need to experience a few real hardships eh? Well, I’m terribly sorry Lohra is successful, and everyone has to lash out at her like this. She’s a good woman, get the camera’s off of her home, Jesus.nStop acting like you’re all 16 and know everything, this gossip sounds like something straight out of high school. You’re adults for God’s sake.

 

 
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