From The Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Shawn Alton says his 2011 request to search a man’s SUV and trailer had the proper approval.
But court records show the Emery County attorney told Alton he didn’t have enough probable cause to search Jeffrey Lawrence’s vehicle two years ago on the side of Interstate 70.
Now it’s Lawrence with a court order — to dig around into what UHP did to investigate Alton and the unlawful search.
Third District Judge L.A. Dever on Wednesday ordered the UHP to provide Lawrence with records of its investigation into Alton. The ruling, however, could have a broader impact.