Archive for the ‘Judge David Sam’ category

Alleged adoption scam

April 10, 2007

A couple accused of an adoption scam wants Judge David Sam to issue a gag order on the case.  

See a prior post regarding the case here.


Judge David Sam – Motion to Supress Evidence granted in part, denied in part

August 30, 2006

2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60634


Case No. 1:04CR149

August 24, 2006

Defendant Larry Maxfield moved to suppress evidence seized from his place of business, his vehicles and his person during a narcotics investigation on September 21, 2004.

In short: “Because the Court finds that the seizure and search of his person and his Camaro automobile were unlawful, evidence seized or which is the fruit of those events, specifically the bindle of methamphetamine found on his person and his confession while in custody pursuant to that seizure are suppressed.

“Although, the Court finds that the warrantless entry of his place of business was unlawful, the evidence seized from his Shop pursuant to a validly issued search warrant was lawfully obtained and need not be suppressed.”

Motion to Supress granted in part, denied in part.

Judge Tena Campbell – Order regarding competency and involuntary medication

August 29, 2006

 U.S.A. v. Benjamin Archuleta


August 25, 2006 

Judge Tena Campbell has ordered that a Utah man, Benjamin Archuleta, diagnosed with schizophrenia, be forcibly medicated in an effort to make him competent to stand trial on a weapons charge.

Benjamin Archuleta was originally charged with threatening the life of Judge David Sam in 1998. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was hospitalized. In November 2000, Mr. Archuleta was released from hospitalization, but later violated those conditions and was comitted to a “half way house” in June 2002. In February 2005, the court terminated the supervision of Mr. Archuleta and he was again released.

In late 2005, the U.S. Marshal Service learned that Mr. Archuleta attempted to purchase a firearm and lied on a required background check form.

Magistrate Judge Wells determined in March 2006 that defendant was not competent to stand trial on the new weapons charge. That same month, the Court ordered a psychiatric evluation regarding the possibility of involuntary medication to restore competency.

Judge Campbell determined that involuntary medication is appropriate since: (1) important governmental interests are at stake; (2) involuntary medication of the defendant will likely further the government’s important interests and will be unlikely to have side effects that will interfere with the defendant’s right to assist trial counsel in his defense, thereby making the trial unfair; (3) involuntary medication is necessary to further the government’s interest, meaning no other less intrusive means will achieve substantially the same results; and (4) administration of antipsychotic drugs is medically appropriate, or in the best interest of the defendant given his current medical condition.

As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune: “(Mr. Archuleta) considers himself to be a political prisoner and has asked for a clean bill of health and a grant of diplomatic immunity.”


Salt Lake Tribune article