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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 4
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Feature | Illegally Blond: The wild party at Salt Lake County Attorney Lohra Miller’s house goes on. And on. Page 4

By Ted McDonough
Posted // March 18,2008 - Firearms Patrol
A former employee of the Miller home law office says the December 2005 South Jordan police report of teens drinking at the Miller home occurred when a Miller teenager and friends got into booze that was left unguarded in the house.

In a sworn statement, the former Miller & Miller office employee, who didn’t want to be identified for fear of reprisals, said that fellow employees—worried about children in the home—developed a routine: At the start of each workday, they would move the liquor into part of the home sectioned off as an office, which was supposed to be locked at night.

Then the employees policed the home for firearms.

Several children of Miller & Miller employees attended day care at the home. The former office worker says employees began looking for and hiding guns after, she claims, a toddler was seen wandering through carrying a weapon. Weapons were routinely scattered throughout the house, alleges the former employee who was interviewed by the attorney general.

The state Department of Health sent investigators to monitor children going in and out of the Miller house, but never counted more than four. Utah does not regulate day care operations of four or fewer children.

But the former office employee says before the law office moved to Redwood Road, the home office day care had up to 10 children. Then, the Millers’ nanny was paid as an employee of the office and additionally worked as housekeeper, the employee said. A note to the Millers found by the private detective in the Millers’ trash shows a woman writing to “Lohra” that she can’t cook dinner because there is no food in the house.

The former office worker says that employees discussed with Lohra Miller the fact that the law firm was not licensed when it was located inside the Miller home in West Jordan. The employee said the business had not been licensed since 1999. Miller allegedly explained the business was exempt from licensing in West Jordan because it employed her relatives. But, while some relatives were usually on the payroll, most employees were not related, the former employee said.

The former Miller & Miller staffer says the firm employed up to 10 people, most part time and some of whom often worked from home. Still, the law office outgrew the West Jordan home, prompting a move. Lohra and Lorenzo moved to South Jordan in April 2004. The law firm followed in May after Lorenzo Miller remodeled the basement of the new house to include an office. Employees without children were instructed to park cars at the development’s clubhouse, while those with children parked in the driveway. The former employee said the office was not licensed during the 18 months it operated inside the Millers’ South Jordan home.

Neighbor Gary Zielinski recalls getting a tour of the home law office when he was building his own home in the neighborhood, before he fell out with the Millers. Construction workers complained to Zielinski they couldn’t get equipment in because of all the cars. “I asked Lorenzo what was going on. I said, ‘We have a running joke, either it’s a drug house or a convenience store.’ He said, ‘No, it’s our law office.’ I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’”

The law firm finally moved to legitimate office space, on Redwood Road in West Jordan, in November 2005, after a manager for the development showed up on the doorstep of the Miller home, the former office employee says. Still, a business license was not obtained, the former employee said.

Records kept by the Utah Bar Association, the state’s lawyers association, show that Miller & Miller listed its address in June 2003 as 2461 W. Jordan Meadows Lane, West Jordan, then the Millers’ home. Documents registered with the state show that Miller & Miller leased copy, fax and other office equipment using the same address.

In July 2004, Miller & Miller listed its address with the Utah Bar as 3016 W. Riviera Pass Circle, the home in South Jordan.

Neither West Jordan nor South Jordan has ever issued a business license to Miller & Miller, the PI’s investigation found. West Jordan issued a license for Lorenzo Miller’s office in 2007. Both cities require businesses to register and pay licensing fees. And both cities have special rules for when businesses can be operated from inside of a home.

In South Jordan, “home occupancy” businesses are only allowed if all employees inside are family members. To qualify, applicants must first give notice to all residents within 300 feet and get approval from city planners.

Miller & Miller has registered with the state Department of Commerce only twice. The first time was in 1999. It next registered—as Miller Law Office—in January 2007, the month Lohra Miller took office as district attorney and Lorenzo Miller took over the Redwood Road law practice by himself.

Get Your Party On
The home-based law office is gone. So are investigators. Miller, who said she was going to move last year, has taken her home off the market. That leaves the Zielinskis to deal with the noise next door.

When City Weekly dropped by the Miller neighborhood, on March 14, 2008, there were seven cars parked in the Millers’ driveway or along the side of the street near the house. At 12: 30 a.m., cars were still coming and going from the house. That night, Jen Zielinski said slamming car doors and voices woke her at 2 a.m. and again at 4 a.m. Each time, there were new cars on the cul-de-sac. She awoke a third time at 5:30 a.m. to find a truck parked in front of her driveway. She snapped a picture.

The weekend before—March 9, 2008—Zielinski’s videotape shows from seven to 10 cars parked around the cul-de-sac. At 12:30 a.m., Zielinski says she was awakened by a screaming fight. “There were a bunch of kids standing in our driveway, arguing, yelling. Over by our mailbox, there was a kid. He was yelling really loud. They wanted him to get in the car. He wouldn’t get in. Something like that.” At 2 a.m., she was awakened again by a truck with no muffler.

The private investigator found similar scenes when he staked out the Miller home. On Dec. 21, 2007, he videotaped cars arriving at the Miller home and staying until after 4 a.m. On Jan. 12, 2008, at 1 a.m., the investigator found five cars. At 2 a.m. the same night, the investigator videotaped the adult Millers leaving a private club.

“I don’t need the AG’s office to tell me there is nothing going on over there,” Zielinski says. “I know what I saw with my own two eyes.”

Maybe so. But Lohra Miller is the law in Salt Lake County.

 

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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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