Attorney general could investigate sheriff’s captain
November 4, 2006
While standing Friday on the steps of the state Capitol Hoytsville resident Brody Taylor, a write-in candidate running against Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds, called on the Utah Attorney General’s Office to investigate a Sheriff’s Office captain who allegedly threatened an ex-deputy not to support Taylor’s campaign.
The sheriff’s race has become ugly since Taylor sued Woodland resident John Moon after Moon allegedly warned the candidate to withdraw from the race or he would go public with an accusation that Taylor raped a member of Moon’s family.
Moon has not returned several calls seeking comment.
Meanwhile, about two weeks ago Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dave Booth approached a former deputy at his place of employment and demanded the ex-officer quit supporting Taylor or risk losing some of his retirement benefits, Taylor claimed.
Taylor said he expects the state to investigate Booth, who was not immediately available for comment, after a formal complaint was filed Friday with the attorney general.
"We came here today because we, within the last two weeks, have been made aware of threats and extortion," said Jason Taylor, the challenger’s brother and campaign manager, during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
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The candidate’s allegations against Booth were confirmed by two sources, Taylor’s attorney Ken Ivory said.
"We know of one deputy, I understand he is a retired deputy (who was threatened)," Ivory said. "It seems quite strange within weeks of an election you have two very serious threats on the eve of an election."
But Taylor wouldn’t say whom Booth allegedly threatened, adding, "this retired captain is one of my friends."
"It’s ridiculous," responded Edmunds, who is a Republican when asked about Taylor’s accusations against Booth. "I deny it categorically and this is election-eve politics at its worst."
Edmunds is vying for his second term as sheriff.