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Rex Bush handled his first criminal defense case in 1984. Since then he has handled numerous cases.
Mr. Bush's first appearance in court came in 1984 when he was sent to federal court to be local counsel for the out of state attorney hired to represent Grant Affleck who was charged with a number of white collar crimes.
The following year Mr. Bush tried his first criminal case, a traffic ticket for negligent collision. Mr. Bush visited the scene of the accident and prepared well and convinced the judge that there were enough questions about the other driver's fault to warrant a finding of not guilty.
Some years ago he represented a man charged in West Valley City with assaulting a police officer. There were witnesses and the case for the prosecution seemed very strong but the client was unwilling to plead guilty to any charges. Mr. Bush tried the case to a jury. He admitted that the client was guilty but argued certain extenuating circumstances. After one hour the jury came back with a not guilty verdict.
On another occasion Mr. Bush represented a man who was charged with distribution of narcotics within 1000 feet of a school. When Adult Probation and Parole came back with their recommendation it was commitment to the Utah State Penitentiary. This man had no priors. He was a veteran. Mr. Bush argued passionately to the judge who sentenced this man to probation instead. Mr. Bush received a compliment from one of the other criminal defense attorney's in the courtroom for his impassioned argument.
During law school at the University of Utah Mr. Bush studied under Ronald N. Boyce, nationally and internationally noted author of a leading law school casebook in criminal law and procedure.