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:
- 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.” n
- 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. n
- 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.” n
- 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.