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Ken Wallentine

Law Enforcement and the Law

Ken Wallentine is the chief of the West Jordan (Utah) Police Department and former chief of law enforcement for the Utah Attorney General. He has served over three decades in public safety, is a legal expert and editor of Xiphos, a monthly national criminal procedure newsletter. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death and serves as a use of force consultant in state and federal criminal and civil litigation across the nation.

The court determines if liability falls to jail staff members in a recent case involving an inmate suicide
Is a warrantless search of a probationer’s cellphone permissible? The appellate court decides in a recent case
Tragedy might have been avoided if correctional officers had pressed medical staff for a more thorough check of an inmate’s condition
Arrestee claims it was improper to use a K-9 to assist in a cell extraction because as a patrol dog, it was not trained or certified in forced cell extraction
The court highlights the differences in a policy violation vs. a constitutional violation in a case involving a jail suicide
Though an officer ostensibly made his rounds, he did not physically enter the video arraignment room as required by policy – during which time an inmate overdosed
No qualified immunity is granted to the sheriff in a case of negligent hiring, the court of appeals decides
No compassionate release was granted for a child sex offender who had yet to undergo treatment in the correctional facility
Court says no to compassionate release request for convicted murderer and drug kingpin in this recent case
The appellate court addresses the degree of deference corrections facilities have when it comes to prison regulation