Charges Dropped for Massage Therapist
A massage therapist, charged with sexual abuse of his clients, had his charges dropped in court after prosecutors learned more about the case. “I think that on further investigation, it was just a mistake in terms of whether there was sexual touching or not,” said Defense Attorney Clayton Simms.
Verdict is in: SLC Attorney named Lawyer of the Year
Clayton Simms was named Lawyer of the Year by the Utah Minority Bar Association.
It isn’t that Simms approves of crime. Instead, his fervor for defending those charged with crimes stems from his respect for the criminal justice system, with its checks and balances and its necessarily adversarial nature.
“I’ve always worked for the underdog,” Simms said. “It’s a challenge and a reward to fight for the underdog and fight authority.”
He admits there are “obviously difficult circumstances” since certain crimes — and the people charged with them — are viewed as repulsive. Still, he contends, these people need and deserve legal help.
“I wake up every morning and I’m thrilled,” he said. “It’s an honor and a responsibility to represent people charged with what society thinks are heinous crimes. They deserve the best representation. They are the people you want to fight for.”