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Utah judges should prove they are really reading search warrants, critics say

Aug 17, 2019 - The Salt Lake Tribune

New data that shows how little time Utah judges spend reading search warrants before approving them has some groups pushing for a change in state law. What’s their idea? Require judges to explain, in writing, why they signed off.

Judges approved more than 10,000 electronic warrants in a one-year period beginning in April 2018, everything from requests to draw the blood of suspected drunken drivers to authorizing police to force their way into someone’s home without warning.

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