Another judge wants off ATV protest ride case

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 4, 2015 at 4:41 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Another federal judge is asking to be taken off the case of a county commissioner convicted of leading an ATV protest ride through ancient ruins.

New U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish says in a filing Thursday that she should be disqualified because she represented the Bureau of Land Management from 1995-2003 when she was a federal prosecutor.

Parrish says she will only keep the case if all parties and defendants agree despite her history.

She was assigned the case after Judge Robert Shelby recused himself to avoid an appearance of impropriety in the sentencing of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman.

Lyman is awaiting sentencing after a jury found him and blogger Monte Wells guilty of misdemeanor charges of illegal use of ATVs and conspiracy in the May 2014 ride on an off limits trail in a southeastern Utah canyon.

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