Lawyers for 7 accused of beating gay man, partner, may appeal immunity ruling

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Attorneys for seven people accused of beating a South Salt Lake gay man and his partner may appeal a judge's ruling on immunity. Full Story
DJ Bell-Fair

Salt Lake City, UT

#1 Oct 18, 2010
I find it funny how Mr. Clayton Simms doesn't know the law well enough to realize that no one's rights have been violated, yet he's the attorney and I am not. Everyone has a right to a speedy trial, it's true; once they have been charged. The only reason this trial (for his client, Lisa, and other defendants) has not moved faster is because Mr. Simms has been the largest contributing factor to the delay. Had they not wasted all this time arguing about "who said what" at the District Attorney's office and got a move on, this issue would not be on the table. He did it to himself, really.
If I were Ms. Aiono, that man would have been fired long ago. No common sense and show-boating do not a good attorney make.

Orem, UT

#2 Oct 19, 2010
Who are these people that they think they can just go around beating the hell out of people and not suffer the consequences of their acts? Apparently they believe they are above the law somehow. I think if I were you, I would be purchasing a firearm and keeping it handy because it looks like "the law" is doing it's damnedest to deny you of any rights and turn those people loose so they can come right back and do it again. The system is broken and the DA is crooked as a dog's hind leg. Good luck receiving any justice.

Coeur D Alene, ID

#3 Oct 23, 2010
I am the mother of D.J. Bell (or David as we call him). This, from my point of view: Try having your son and his partner brutally beaten, and your son arrested for burglary and kidnapping--something for which he did not do and for which THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE--arrested for supposedly entering the only door that, according the neighbors, wasn't locked--the door RIGHT NEXT TO the driveway where they were all outside partying; supposedly taking two kids from the couch, stepping over other kids who were asleep, taking the kids out the side door next to his house and climbing a CHEST-HIGH fence with a kid in each arm, to his house where his THREE friends and partner were--supposedly taking the kids from a house full of people to another house full of people. Try being totally appalled by the legal and judicial system, that your son and his partner could be so brutally beaten and NO CHARGES FILED AGAINST THEIR ATTACKERS NOR THEIR BEING ARRESTED!!!(Until now--two years later! Even if they'd thought my son was guilty, what about his partner who was asleep when it all started?) Try having the cops not interview the friends who were at your son's house, but simply taking the word of the neighbors, taking no fingerprints or doing any other investigation. Try having your daughter, who also lived there with her husband but was gone when all this happened, come home later that morning to find blood splattered all over the floor, walls, and even ceiling, and the house torn apart, windows broken, etc., and a note from a friend who'd been there, saying Dan was in the hospital and David was with the police. Try not being able to sleep or eat for months and losing 9 pounds when you're already skinny. Try having to run up your credit cards to the max and put a lean on your home, and have one of your other sons and his wife--poor students with a baby--have to put a huge amount on their credit card because you'd already maxed out your credit cards. Try having your son in jail for almost six weeks and not having the $100,000 bail reduced even though there is no evidence against him, and having to pay $10,000 to get him out of jail.(But the known criminals who brutally attacked your son and his partner had their bail reduced!) Try having that judge bind it over for trial even though there is no evidence. Try having the news media in a sense "crucify" your son, when he is a kind and compassionate person who would give someone the shirt off his back. Try going through hell for over a year before it goes to trial, and worrying that your son could go to prison for as much as 30 years for something he did not do. Now these known criminals want it all "swept under the rug", and Clayton Simms says if it goes to trial there is just "nothing there". NOTHING THERE?!?!?! EXCUSE ME, according to whom? Our son waited for 14 months for a "speedy" trial. It's time that justice was done!

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