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District Attorney Moves to Dismiss 69 West Valley Police Cases

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office filed motions to dismiss 69 cases Monday in Third District Court as part of its continuing review of cases impacted by both internal reviews and audits conducted by the West Valley City Police Department and the ongoing criminal and administrative reviews by the District Attorney’s office.
WEST VALLEY CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office filed motions to dismiss 69 cases Monday in Third District Court as part of its continuing review of cases impacted by both internal reviews and audits conducted by the West Valley City Police Department and the ongoing criminal and administrative reviews by the District Attorney’s office.

A list of the 69 cases is below. The following information was released Monday afternoon by Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney.

The decision to dismiss these cases is not taken lightly, but is necessary to ensure the fair application of justice. The District Attorney is obligated by the Constitution and case law to make sure the rights and due process interests of those involved in the criminal justice system are observed.

These cases are being dismissed based upon issues of credibility as well as the interest of justice. This office has both a legal and ethical responsibility to prosecute only those cases it believes have a reasonable likelihood of success at trial. It is the opinion of The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office that the cases being dismissed, and the collateral attendant issues, do not provide sufficient or reasonable confidence in the integrity of the evidence to reasonably result in convictions.

The dismissals are based solely upon the information obtained thus far from protected sources, audits, reports, etc. As the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office continues to further investigate these matters it will update its dismissals as required by the developing probe and continued gathering of information.

When the integrity of the prosecution and criminal justice system is so compromised, the measures currently being taken are not only required but become affirmatively necessary to restore the public trust in our public institutions. This is a commitment that The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office intends to keep with its citizens. This office is cognizant of the Constitutional safeguards owed to our citizens and required from law enforcement professionals in the execution of their responsibilities and will not file one case that violates this commitment.

Finally, The District Attorney’s Office thanks Eric Bunderson, West Valley City Attorney, and his office for their continued assistance. It is also imperative to note that the conduct of one or some officers of a particular unit does not tarnish the honorable and professional work of the many fine men and women who continue to serve their agency with honor and distinction. Furthermore, such conduct is not indicative of the level of professionalism practiced by law enforcement officers in this valley.
West Valley City Police Department Neighborhood Narcotics Unit Dismissed Cases:

COURT #, DEFENDANT
101907247, Aguillar, Israel
121908800, Amador, Jeffrey
121904546, Antonio-Ramirez, Saul
121910218, Avila, Antonio
121903191, Burquez, Eduardo
121910730, Catak, Alen
121911903, Chapas-Navarro, Neptali
121903489, Chavez, Robin
121910146, Christiansen, Terry
121902213, Cordova, Dominic
121905413, Cruz, Dalcy
121907266, Darger, Tyler
131900883, Dominguez, Guadalupe
121900857, Duarte, Jose
131900608, Edwards, Jake
111901250, Edwards, Steven
121906510, Emery, Tom
111901296, Flores-Chapas, Gabriela
131900566, Garn, Tyler
111901523, Gomez, Jorge
121900237, Gomez-Bardales, Arturo
121905744, Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Socorro
121904548, Gonzalez-Ruiz, Jorge
111901922, Hernandez-Chavez, Lorenzo
101907131, Izarraraz, Jose
131902264, Jackson, Andrew
121907859, Jensen, Timothy
101908271, Lopez-Diaz, Antonio
101904100, Macias, Rosalio
111908123, Martinez, Herberto
121906691, Martinez-Ortiz, Ernesto
131900151, Mascaro, Jacob
121905415, Mendoza, Luis
101908117, Moreno, Ezquiel
111900419, Moreno, Gaudencio
121909155, Murillo, Michael
111901787, Ortiz-Andino, Alexander
101905713, Perez-Martinez, Luis
101902431, Petersen, Kami
101902747, Pitayo-Flores, Edmondo
091909576, Poulsen, Nalara
121908013, Ramirez, Oliver
101908110, Rivera, David
121905370, Rodriguez, Aliseal
121911630, Rodriguez, Nicole
101904739, Rodriguez-Baltazar, Daniel
121910009, Rondas, Kevin
121906569, Smith, Michael
111907380, Solorzano, Francisco
131901708, Thongphon, David
101907121, Torrez-Luna, Alvaro
111901431, Velazquez-Reza, Horacio
121909622, Winter, Donald
101908223, Zuniga-Zuniga, Juan
101907119, Fernandez, Leonardo
101907309, Raygosa-Gonzalez, Rodolfo
101907308, Vergo-Galinda, Saul
101906329, Vazquez, Daniel
111908575, Mendoza-Hermosillo, Uriel
101906328, Martinez-Tisanao, Juan
101908022, Andino-Sierra, Yuri
121911805, Hernandez, Gerardo
121906892, Soledad-Pina, Margarita
121911773, Contreras, Juan
121909123, Garduno-Colin, Jose
111908577, Gonzales-Perez, Saul
101906485, Campos-Ramirez, Rodrigo
121907276, Liceaga-Ortiz, Ismael
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