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Blanding lawmaker pays restitution for protest ride, avoids possible contempt of court

Lyman wants conviction overturned, insists Recapture Canyon was not closed to OHVs
Posted at 7:04 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 21:05:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker facing the threat of contempt of court for not handing over his tax returns has paid off his restitution, ending his case.

Rep. Phil Lyman, R-Blanding, paid just over $86,000 in restitution according to a court filing late Tuesday. That will put an end to the long saga surrounding his federal misdemeanor conviction for his part in the 2015 Recapture Canyon protest ride, a demonstration against federal land policies.

In August, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah wanted Rep. Lyman held in contempt for not handing over his tax returns as part of their demands for increased restitution. He has criticized the federal prosecution, even calling the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah "dirt bags."

U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer will allow the check to clear before officially ending the case.