Shima Baradaran, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was quoted in a March 30 Salt Lake Tribune story, “Calls mount for charging decision in Danielle Willard shooting.”
The story is about two West Valley police officers that shot and killed Danielle Willard during a drug investigation 16 months ago. Both sides of the issue would like a decision as to whether or not the officers will face criminal charges.
Baradaran says that “a delay in deciding whether to charge a crime is not necessarily bad. A prosecutor’s role is not always to bring charges as soon as the law allows,” but instead to “use his or her discretion to best serve the public.”
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