Lawyers all over Utah were surprised earlier this week when they opened an email from the Utah State Bar and found an image of a topless woman included. The email was supposed to advertise the Utah State Bar's annual spring convention in St. George, and was sent to every member of the Utah State Bar.
The agency, responsible for licensing all attorneys who practice in Utah, quickly realized the error and sent out an apology to everyone on the email list. Executive director John Baldwin stated that they "[were] horrifed" and would investigate to find out how the image was attached to the email.
It is an especially embarassing mistake for Utah in particular, who declared in 2016 that pornography was a "public health crisis." At the time, Governor Gary Herbert compared porn to drugs and alcohol, claiming that there is a similar "psychological and physiological detriment that comes from addiction to pronography." According to the resolution, pornography has the power to damage children's minds, destroy marriage, and contributes to sexual violence.
The declaration doesn't have any legal effect, but is unsurprising given the predominately Mormon population of the state. Many conservative religious groups have echoed similar concerns as pornography becomes more accessible on the internet.
The content of this website including, but not limited to, this posting, has been prepared by Budris Law Group for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. The material posted on the website is not intended to create and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship, and readers should not act upon it without seeking professional counsel. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.