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H.B. 139





Sponsor: Joseph G. Murray

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends provisions regarding the use of photographs of evidence in theft cases.
             9      Highlighted Provisions:
             10          This bill:
             11          .    expands the provision for using photographs in library theft and shoplifting cases to
             12      all thefts.
             13      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             14          None
             15      Other Special Clauses:
             16          None
             17      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             18      AMENDS:
             19          76-6-605, as last amended by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1989
             21      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             22          Section 1. Section 76-6-605 is amended to read:
             23           76-6-605. Photographs of items allegedly taken or converted -- Admissibility --
             24      Procedure.
             25          [(1) As used in this section "items" means:]
             26          [(a) goods or merchandise as defined in Section 76-6-601 ; and]
             27          [(b) library materials, as defined in Title 76, Chapter 6, Part 8.]

             28          [(2)] (1) In any prosecution for a violation of [Section 76-6-602 or] Title 76, Chapter 6,
             29      [Part 8, Library Theft,] Offenses Against Property, photographs of the [items] property alleged
             30      to have been taken or converted are competent evidence of the [items] property and are
             31      admissible in any proceeding, hearing, or trial as if the items themselves were introduced as
             32      evidence.
             33          [(3)] (2) The photographs shall bear a written description of the [items] property
             34      alleged to have been taken or converted, the name of the owner, [or] the [store, establishment,
             35      or library, as appropriate,] place where the alleged offense occurred, the name of the accused,
             36      the name of the arresting or investigating peace officer, the date of the photograph, and the
             37      name and address of the photographer.
             38          [(4)] (3) The writing shall be made under oath by the arresting or investigating peace
             39      officer, and the photographs identified by the [signature] name of the photographer. Upon the
             40      filing of the photograph and writing with the authority or court holding the [items] property as
             41      evidence, [they shall] the property may be returned to [their owner, or returned to the proprietor
             42      or manager of the store or establishment, or to an employee of the library, as is appropriate] its
             43      owner.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-9-04 1:17 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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