Can You Afford Apartments For Rent In Salt Lake City?

Apartments for rent in Salt Lake City don’t always have the best pricing attached to them. In fact, you are far more likely to get a bad deal than one that you’ll benefit from. That’s why being careful is so important when finding a rental.

There are not a lot of apartments that you’ll fall in love with right away. But, if you do have that happen you shouldn’t let that blind you to the facts. It may seem great on the surface, but when you look deeper into the apartment you find out that it’s very different. Some people that have places they rent out are really good at hiding problems they have with their buildings. You don’t have to let that be something you ignore, because it’s easy to look up a place before you call it your new home.

Apartments may, for the most part, have some kind of move in special if you wait for the right time. If a place isn’t having a lot of people move in then they may want to offer you a good deal so you’ll become a tenant there. One thing to be careful about when it comes to this kind of thing is that a lot of these places that have to do this are not that good. But, still, there are times where even good apartments need more people and will offer a deal to those they get to live there.

Do you have to be afraid of any special rules or fees that you may have hanging over you when you rent some places? If you’re late on the rent, what happens? You may sign a lease without reading it, and then you’ll find out that everything is not as you thought it would be. Never sign anything until you seriously read up on it first. If you’re going to need help with understanding anything, you can try to look it up online or in some cases it’s best to just avoid them in case they’re trying to trick you somehow.

Where will you live the next few months or years? The apartments for rent in Salt Lake City can be a great choice! It’s only a good idea to go about this if you are aware of what you’re in for and whether the lease is fair or not.

Secret Service Agents Sued for “Viewpoint Discrimination”

A federal appellate court has ruled that two Secret Service agents must face charges for violating the free speech rights of protesters by engaging in “viewpoint discrimination” during the administration of President George W. Bush.

On October 14, 2004, Secret Service agents Tim Wood and Rob Savage were part of President Bush’s security detail when he visited the mining town of Jacksonville, Oregon. Groups of both pro- and anti-Bush demonstrators gathered outside the hotel where Bush was staying. According to court papers, relations between the two sides were non-violent and “cordial.” However, Wood and Savage then ordered state and local law enforcement officers to move the Bush critics away from the building and undergo security screening, while allowing the pro-Bush crowd to get closer and not endure the screening. The law enforcement officers used “clubs, pepperspray bullets, and violent shoving” to accomplish their task.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, seven anti-Bush demonstrators sued the Secret Service, claiming Wood and Savage violated their First Amendment rights.

The agents filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed. But the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the motion and denied qualified immunity to Wood and Savage.

-Noel Brinkerhoff

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Utah legislators vote to make changes to polygamy law but would keep it a felony

A Utah legislative committee advanced a bill that keeps polygamy a felony but offers people leaving a polygamous relationship a chance to avoid prosecution.

HB99 will go to the full House of Representatives for consideration. It adds a criteria for being prosecuted for bigamy: The offender must live with the extra spouse and “purport” to be married. Current law requires only one or the other.

Bigamy is punishable by up to five years in prison, but the punishment under the bill would be up to 15 years if it’s prosecuted in conjunction with crimes such as abuse, fraud or human smuggling.

The bill also would offer amnesty for minors or anyone who leaves a relationship for fear of coercion or bodily harm, or who is trying to protect a child.

Polygamists who attended Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee meeting left disappointed. In the hall outside the meeting room, they discussed a planned rally Friday and how to contact their respective legislators.

Polygamists wanted the bill, HB99, to fail, or at least to make polygamy a misdemeanor that could only be prosecuted alongside violent crimes or fraud.

Some also said the amnesty provision doesn’t protect the consenting adults who remain in the plural marriage. Valerie Darger said she left her first polygamous marriage because her husband was verbally abusive and didn’t support their children, but he and her sister wives shouldn’t have gone to jail for that.

“If I thought it would incriminate them to save me, I would not have come forward,” Darger testified to the committee.

Legislators said Utah needs to stay in compliance with the state constitution, which says polygamy is a crime, and needs more tools to pursue polygamists who force underage marriages and abuse children.

Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, HB99’s sponsor, said the state’s prosecutors will continue their policy of pursuing abusive men.

“If you look at the way this crime, and it is a crime in this state, has been prosecuted, we have never gone after women and children,” Noel told the committee.

The committee passed the bill 7-3. One of the no votes was Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan. He pushed an amendment to make polygamy a misdemeanor. The committee rejected that move.

Ivory said he dislikes how the law and the statute makes polygamy a felony while adulterers can do as they please. Assistant Utah Attorney General Parker Douglas acknowledged the two standards.

“If they’re simply people having, for lack of a better word, an orgy,” he said, “that’s not illegal.”

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'Sister Wives' family returns to Utah to rally polygamists against bigamy bill

Polygamists and their children marched to the Capitol on Friday to show that they are families, and to ask lawmakers not to advance a bill that would keep polygamy a felony in Utah.

Among those in attendance were stars from the television reality show “Sister Wives,” whose lawsuit spurred the Utah Legislature to change the definition of bigamy in Utah. It was the first time since 2012 that the stars have made a public appearance in Utah, where they said they feared prosecution.

The show is about a husband, Kody Brown, his plural wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — and their children.

Kody Brown on Friday said keeping polygamy a crime makes polygamous families afraid to call ambulances or social services that can help them.

“Stop prosecuting consenting adults,” he said.

“I want my right to live my life as a consenting adult,” said Meri Brown.

A film crew followed the Browns on Friday as they arrived at City Creek Park before leading about 100 people — polygamists, their children and supporters — up State Street to the Capitol.

There, the crowd grew to about 200, though some people opposed to polygamy were sprinkled among the polygamists; a film crew for “Escaping Polygamy,” a reality show about people fleeing abuse in polygamous sects, was on hand. Supporters of polygamy chanted, “Families, not felons” until speakers addressed them.

Christine Brown was one of the people who went to a podium on the Capitol’s southern steps and spoke into a microphone.

She was raised in a loving family, she said, but one that taught the children to be afraid of the outside world for fear that police would enter the home and take away the men and children. She said children being abused in polygamous homes are still afraid.

“We need to change these laws to eliminate that fear,” Christine Brown said.

Those who opposed polygamy and want legislators to pass a new bill addressing it talked about children and abuses Friday, too.

Pam Jenson, who has worked with people who have left polygamous families, said polygamy should remain a felony because it is harmful to women and children — an assertion the Utah attorney general’s office made in opposing the Browns’ lawsuit. She said HB99 will provide a “safe harbor” for people leaving such households.

“There’s still religious coercion to stay” in polygamy, Jenson said.

HB99 passed a House of Representatives committee last week and is likely to be debated this week by the full body. The bill would amend the definition of bigamy to say someone is guilty if he or she “purports” to marry two or more people and cohabits with them. Current state law requires one or the other. Polygamy would remain a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, but those penalties can increase if polygamy is prosecuted in conjunction with violent crimes, human smuggling or fraud.

The bill also would permit amnesty for people leaving abusive polygamous relationships, though polygamists say it would create witnesses against others who remain in the plural marriage.

Prosecutors across the state have declined to pursue cases unless there’s underage marriage, abuse or fraud in the households. Utah’s polygamists would like polygamy to be decriminalized, but first they want to defeat HB99.

The first season of “Sister Wives” showed the family living in Lehi, but when police there began an investigation, the Browns moved to the Las Vegas area.