Summarized by Kent Larsen
New LDS Justices make all-LDS Utah Supreme Court
Salt Lake Tribune 22Jan00 D2
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Utah State Senate confirmed the nominations
by Governor Mike Leavitt on January 5th of LDS Church members Michael J.
Wilkins and Matthew B. Durrant to vacancies on the Utah Supreme Court.
The appointments fill-out the court and mean that all five justices are
members of the LDS Church.
However, While both men are well-respected in judicial circles,
Leavitt's selection has been criticized by the Salt Lake Tribune as
adding two more 'good old boys' to the court. The Tribune says that
Utah's Supreme Court will now view the world as "white, male (with one
exeption) and Mormon and anything else to them will be foreign and,
probably, unequal." The Tribune says that this will not make for the
Good Old Boys
Salt Lake Tribune 11Jan00 D2