The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office may have gone through back channels to obtain privileged information in the case of a Salt Lake City man accused of threatening to commit mass shootings around the city, and defense attorneys want prosecutors kicked off the case.
According to a motion filed last week in 3rd District Court, prosecutors violated the privacy rights of Jack Harry Stiles when they sought information from mental health providers without clearing it with Stiles or his defense team.
"Because the newly-assigned prosecutor has sought, and obtained, confidential information about Mr. Stiles, information clearly and directly protected by the therapist-patient privilege, and information indirectly protected by the attorney-client privilege, she has violated Utah's Rules of Professional Conduct, and state and federal laws governing privacy concerns," the defense motion states. "When proper channels are disregarded, and information is obtained outside of permitted means, facts begin resembling gossip, and are disseminated as fact. The result is generally a complete derailing of cases. Such has been the result here. Mr. Stiles has rights, and they must be protected."