Richard Piatt ReportingSalt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman is switching defense lawyers. Workman announced today she has hired Greg Skordas, a former chief deputy to District Attorney David Yocom, the Democratic candidate for Utah attorney general.
This is an interesting turn in Nancy Workman's case--Skordas is taking a political risk himself by taking on Workman's case. Already, he has arranged for Workman to appear in court for the first time Monday morning at 9:00.
Today, Skordas said he believes the case against Workman needs to go to trial. He is only beginning to mount a defense and describes the case as tough to prosecute and to defend. Nancy Workman is facing two felony charges of Misuse of Public Funds. The case centers on unauthorized hiring of staff at a non-profit where her daughter works.
Today, Skordas downplayed the political timing and motivation some say is driving the case.
Greg Skordas: "I think the district attorney investigated this case as it does all its cases and filed it. I haven't seen anything to lead me to believe it was improper prosecution or malicious prosecution, or anything other than a criminal case that we're going to take to trial."
Today, Nancy Workman worked at her campaign office, and out of public view. She attributes her hiring of Skordas as a matter of scheduling availability and political sensitivities. Skordas has a good relationship with Yocom and has worked with him for years, which could benefit Workman legally.
Skordas doesn't think Workman's case can be brought through the system before Election Day.