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Judge Shumate's Finding of Fact and Conclusion of Law

Judge Shumate's Finding of Fact and Conclusion of Law

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Judge Shumate's Finding of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the Trial of Warren Jeffs
Judge Shumate's Finding of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the Trial of Warren Jeffs

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JUN-29-2007FRI02:51PM5thDIST,CT,ST,GEORGE
STATEOFUTAH,
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WASHINGTONCOUNTY,~T,GEORGEDEPART~N!,..Plaintiff,vs.WARRENSTEED
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Defendant.FINDINGSOF
FACT,
CONCLUSIONS
OFLAW,ANDORDERON
MOTIONTOSUPPRESSCaseNo.
061500526
Judge
James
L.
Shumate
OnJune
13,2007,
theCourttooktestimonyandheardargumentregardingdefendant'sMotiontoSuppress.Defendant
was
presentamrepresented
by
Richard
A.Wright,
Walter
F.
Bugden,Jr.,andTara
L.
Isaacson;theWashingonCountyAttorney'sOfficewasrepresented
by
Brock
R.
Belnapand
Ryan
J,
Shalllll.At
thehearing
theCourtmadecertainfindingsoffact
andorderedadditionalargumentfrom.theparties
011
aspectsofNevadalaw.Havingfullyconsideredthetestimony,theoriginalmemoranda,andthesupplementalmaterial.theCourtmakesthefollowing:
FINDING$
OFFACT.
1.OnAugust28,
2006,
atapproxitnatel9:00p.m.,NevadaHighwayPatrolTrooperEddieDutchover("Dutchover")wasondutyonthenorthboundlanesofI-15nearApex,Nevada.DutchoverisamemberoftheCriminalInterdictionUnit,trainedto
be
onthealertforvarious
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signsofcriminalityonthehighways,particularlythetransportationofnarcotics,andwas
 
JUN-29-2007FRI02:51PM5thDIST.CT.ST.GEORGE
patrollingwhatwasconsidereda"highvolume'trafficstoparea.
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2.Dutchoverobserveda2007Cadillac
scalade
wi~
nopermanentlicenseplateandatemporaryColoradoregistrationtag.
TheEscalewas
nottravelingabovethepostedspeedlimitof75milesperhour.
It
wasthendarkanDutchoverwasunabletoseethetemporarytagclearlyenoughtodetermine
if
it
wasvalid.Duchoverturnedonthelightsofhismarked
i
i
HighwayPatrolvehicleandstoppedtheEscalaeatapproximately9:04p.m.3.Onapproachingthestoppedcar,heasabletosee
that
the
temporary
tag
displayed
"9-14-06,"meaningitdidnotexpireuntilSeptmber14,2006,butthenumbersonthelowerpartofthepermitwerepartiallyobscuredbythelieusebracketandnotreadableexceptuponclose
I
examination.AsshowninthephotographssulttedtotheCourtduringthehearing,thetemporarytaghadtobeexaminedcloselytotelwhattheprintednumbersandletterswere.They
..
could
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bediscernedfromamovingvehicle,venwhenimmediatelyfollowingtheEscalade.4.Dutchoverapproachedthevehicle,
t
ldthedriverthereasonforthestopwasanobstructedtemporarylicense,andaskedthe
dri
erforhisoperator'slicense,vehicleregistration,andproofofinsurance.Thetroopernoticed
t
driver'srighthandwasshakingasheproducedtherequireddocuments.Dutchoveralsonotedradardetectorandglobalpositioningsystem,
I
bothofwhichitemsarelegaltopossessinNevda,butwhichthetrooper,frompastexperienceandtraining,
has
foundareoftenemployedindrugs.Additionally,henotedthevehicle'sheilytintedwindows.DutchoverobservedthetwootheroccupantsoftheEscalade,amansitting
i
therowbehindthedriverandawomanintherowbehindthat,aseatingarrangementthatsee
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Hildale,Utah,butthevehicleregistrationwas'thenameofacompanyandoneJohnWayment("Wayment")ofWestDesMoines,Iowa.Dutcoverfound
thisunusual
inlightoftheColoradotemporaryregistration,andheaskedIsaac
if
heouldstepoutofthevehicle.6.TrooperDutchoverattemptedtoradithehighwaypatroldispatchtorunthevehicleidentificationnumberprovided,butwas
inform
dthe
systemserver
wasnotworking.TheCAD
log
reflects
a
messageatabout
9:16
p.m.confi
ing
theserverwasdown.Trooper
Dutchoveragainand
didnotthereafter
inquire
if
theserverid
notattemptto
run
thedriver's
license
orwasworking.
The
trooperdidtestifythatin
hisxperience
theserverproblemusuallylastedabouttwohours,
In
thissettingtheCourtcann
t
makeany
findingsas
towhentheserver
was
againavailablebecauseTrooper
Dutchoverne
ermade
inquiry
after
9:16.
By
10:00
thefocusofthetroopers'investigationhad
turned
to
the
id
tity
of
Mr.
WarrenSteedJeffs.7.ThetrooperthenspokeagainwithIs',asking
him
outofearshotofthepassengersabout
Mr.
Wayment'sownershipofthecaranthegroup'sitinerary.IsaacstatedthatthegrouphadgonetoSanFranciscotoseetheoceanandhadvisitedfriends
in
Modesto,CaliforniaandthepartywasreturningtoHildale,Utah.He
furth
rexplained
that
WaymentwashisemployerandcurrentlylivedinLasVegas.
Wayment,
Isaacaid,hadlenttheEscaladetothetravelersasafavorbecause
it
wasaroomiervehiclefor
sue
travel.TrooperDutchoverthoughttheexplanationstrange,giventhatthismeantWaent
bad
deliveredthecar
in
Hildale,Utahandwouldhavehadtothenarrangetransportationorthereturntripto
Las
Vegas.TrooperDutchoverdidnotknowwhereHildale,Utahaslocated
at
thetimeofthe"stop,andnoneofhisconversations
with
theoccupantsoftheEscaleenlightened
him
astothegeographyinvolved.
(In
fact,Hildale,Utahisapproximately179
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