On Dec. 5 Coach Troy Rawlings (Davis County Dist. Atty.) presented two key players with MVP awards. The team recently took fourth place in the Measures for Justice statistical analysis for best prosecutor’s office in the nation. Coach Rawlings attributes that win to prosecutors Nathan Lyon and Jeff Thomson.
“The most important thing I can do as an elected official is to hire good people,” said Rawlings. “I want to hire the Michael Jordan’s of the legal profession in our office.”
Measures for Justice analyzed city and county attorney’s offices across the nation in nine areas in search of the best teams. Some of the measures include; number of screened cases that are dismissed, cases that are plead down, how long do the cases take and the number of motions to compel evidence defense attorneys have to file against the prosecutor’s office. Based on their findings, Davis County scored big.
Both Lyons and Thomson have hit a number of homeruns with convictions this year. Lyons successfully scored consecutive terms in a murder conviction, a play that is very difficult to accomplish in the legal arena. Lyons also plays for two teams, as he is involved in Project Safe Childhood, a federal program designed to prevent and prosecute crimes against children. He is cross-designated with the U.S. attorney’s office and has the ability to indict suspects on federal charges and has prosecuted a number of these cases.
Thomson went in for an assist with Weber County in a murder and arson case in which evidence from Davis County was used to convict the defendant. He also ensured a convicted kidnapper and murderer would spend 30 years in the penalty box on the kidnapping charges before being brought to justice on the murder charge.
Both Lyons and Thomson were drafted from Weber County in 2011 and 2016 respectively.
Commissioner James E. Smith awarded both players with the Davis County MVP Coin during the commission meeting.
Measures for Justice was founded in 2011 to develop a data-driven set of performance measures to assess and compare the criminal justice process from arrest to post-conviction on a county-by county basis. The data set comprises measures that address three broad categories: fiscal responsibility, fair process and public safety. Funded by Harvard Law School and other donors.