By Lyle Hillyard
Utah State Senator, District 25
The front page of today's Logan Herald Journal said "Logan senator held in contempt
It’s not true.
Earlier this month I received papers asking me to appear for jury duty. I am willing to do so, although I would likely be one of the first invited to leave because I’m a trial attorney. The problem was that they asked me to appear on the same day the Senate had scheduled an Extraordinary Session to – ironically – confirm new judges. We also confirm other gubernatorial appointees and work in committees throughout the day.
I called the Jury Clerk and explained. She told me just to write a letter of explanation to the Court. I did. Due to a staff miscommunication, that letter was not faxed to the Court until the afternoon before I was supposed to be in both places. We also delivered a hard copy of the letter. Although I didn’t see a deadline on any of the papers I received, they said my letter arrived too late. I can appreciate that.
On Saturday, I received a request for me and eight others to appear before the judge and
explain why we were absent last Wednesday. I will do so and plan to abide by whatever decision or penalty he feels is appropriate.
There’s a significant difference between being cited on a question of contempt and actually being held in contempt. Most of the details in the Logan Herald Journal story
were accurate, but the first part, including the headline, was dead wrong, and a little inflammatory. Most people get their impressions of the news from the headlines. I hope the papers can correct the misinformation before it does any damage.