Busy week for Lyman
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It was a busy week for embattled San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman. On the same day that Lyman turned down the Commissioner of the Year award from the Utah Association of Counties (UAC), Federal Judge David Nuffer denied a motion by Lyman for a new trial.

Judge Nuffer has set new dates to wrap up the sentencing phase of the case, including a restitution hearing set for today, Wednesday, October 28.

Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, December 18 at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City.

Lyman and Monte Wells have been convicted by a jury of two federal misdemeanor charges each for their role in the May, 2014 protest in Recapture Canyon.

The protest was against the closure of land in the canyon to vehicular traffic by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Lyman’s attorneys had argued that new evidence in the case questions the viability of the BLM closure. Judge Nuffer ruled, “it is inadmissible to challenge the legality of the BLM’s decision to close the area in question.”

Lyman had been named Commissioner of the Year by the UAC in September, and the award was set to be presented at the UAC convention in November.

After the award was announced, officials from several counties expressed concern about the selection. In declining the award, Lyman said, “I hope my declination will remove any unnecessary diversion from focusing on the duties and functions that are most important to UAC.”
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