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Utah Attorney Geeral Appeals Case to U.S. Supreme Court



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Attorney General's office is taking an appeal to the nation's highest court.

The case involves a 2001 arrest in Brigham City, where police officers entered a home to stop a fight they saw through a window.

Officers saw four adults holding a juvenile against a refrigerator. The juvenile managed to hit one of the adults, drawing blood. The police entered the home, stopped the fight and the adults were charged with intoxication, disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A district court dismissed the charges, stating that the police entered without a search warrant. The Utah Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court both upheld the district court decision.

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case, the first appeal by the state to the nation's highest court in 14 years.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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