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First Annual Fourth Amendment Forum

19 May 2014 Published in Past Events

Tuesday, June 17, SLC,  7:00 PM.  A discussion on the balance between law enforcement and civil liberties.

Please join ACLU Utah, Libertas Institute, and the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersfor a public forum to discuss the balance between law enforcement and civil liberties.

This is a free event, but registration is required. Click here to reserve your seat >>

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Red Lion Hotel
161 W 600 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

In the 2014 legislative session, Libertas Institute, ACLU Utah, and the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers partnered together to propose, promote, and lobby for pioneering legislation to protect individual liberty and appropriately restrain law enforcement agencies.

To continue the conversation in anticipation of future proposals, these organizations are sponsoring a public forum to discuss past legislation, the effort to balance liberty and law enforcement generally, and what further efforts can or should be made in upcoming legislative sessions.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Sean Reyes, Attorney General of Utah.
  • Sim Gill, District Attorney for Salt Lake County.
  • Jim Tracy, President of the Utah Sheriff's Association and the Utah County Sheriff. 
  • Chris Gebhardt, a 15 year police veteran and two-time multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team Leader in Utah.
  • Kara Dansky, Senior Counsel at the ACLU Center for Justice, which advocates for a transformation of the U.S. criminal justice system.

The discussion will be moderated by Bryan Hyde, Radio Host, Fox News

Panelists will discuss:

  • Recent legislation — forcible entry warrants, law enforcement transparency, requiring warrants for to access content or the location of digital devices including cell phones, civil asset forfeiture, and the use of drones by law enforcement.
  • Balance — how should we draw a line between law enforcement and civil liberties?
  • Police militarization — is it a worrisome trend or much ado about nothing new?
  • Future efforts — possible legislation to be introduced in next year's session to further protect liberty and appropriately restrain law enforcement tools and tactics.

Note to attorneys: this event is approved for CLE credit.