DUI Utah Highway Patrol Trooper found not Credible by Two Different District Court Judges

 

 I was interviewed by Chris Vanocur, ABC Channel 4 News the day before Judge Kouris announced that the Trooper had no credibility and dismissed the case that Trooper Steed was the arresting officer.  The case was about whether Trooper Steed had a legal reason to pull over the citizen in the case.  She said he had no license plate light.  The man said that he checked the light not more than 10 minutes before he was pulled over and it was working.  

A week later, Judge Dale announced that the Trooper was not credible in his Court as well.  The prosecutor issued the following Statement:

"Concerning Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lisa Steed, our office has received multiple media inquiries. She is currently assigned, by the UHP, to patrol Davis County. To assist all media outlets, we provide the following:

The Davis County Attorney’s Office will continue to provide notices and material to defendants related to Trooper Lisa Steed’s conduct and credibility as per Brady v. Maryland and Giglio v. United States. We support these decisions (cited below). They are in the interest of justice.

Beyond that, our office will assess each case involving Trooper Lisa Steed individually with the following in mind:

If there is sufficient evidence for a conviction completely independent of Trooper Steed (we don’t need her as a witness at all or only need her for minor foundational matters such as describing an item of evidence that has verification independent of her; and we address her credibility warts in court on direct examination ourselves), the case might continue. We do not want those who have actually violated the law to escape justice due to the credibility problems of Trooper Steed if we can prove the case independent of her.


However, if Trooper Steed’s investigative or testimonial credibility is an issue at all to prove any element or constitutional component of a case (like the basis for a vehicle stop or a search), the case will be dismissed. Our obligation and duty as public prosecutors is to fairness, justice and constitutional principles, not to vindicate Trooper Steed by going forward. We do not want those who are innocent, or even those who may have violated the law, to be potential victims of the justice system based on Trooper Steed’s misconduct if a case rests in whole, or in part, on her credibility."

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One comment on “DUI Utah Highway Patrol Trooper found not Credible by Two Different District Court Judges
  1. Peter says:

    It makes me happy to hear about authorities who abuse their power getting caught!

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