The Utah U.S. Attorney’s office recently lost three veteran prosecutors, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.
Gregory Diamond, Richard Lambert and Stephen Sorenson retired in May after decades of service at the Salt Lake City-based U.S. Attorney’s office. The former Assistant U.S. Attorneys handled some of Utah’s biggest federal cases — including the Unabomber probe and a bombing of a Mormon church — in addition to other significant criminal and civil prosecutions.
“As a former career prosecutor, I always said that you could train a monkey to be a prosecutor, if you had enough bananas,” former U.S. Attorney Paul Warner, who is now a federal magistrate judge, told the newspaper. “The one exception to that adage is judgment. You can’t teach it, and it is the one quality that makes a great prosecutor. Each of these three men has outstanding judgment.”
Lambert joined the office in 1981, serving stints as Criminal Division Chief and Senior Litigation Counsel. The former prosecutor aided in the probe of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, who sent some of his bombs to individuals in Utah. Lambert also helped prosecute a man who blew up a Latter Day Saints Church in 1988.
Diamond came to the office in 1985. He worked on a wide array of issues including drug, immigration and corruption cases. The prosecutor also handled Utah’s first federal “three strikes” case, in which a bank robber received a life sentence on his third conviction.
Sorenson arrived in the office in 1990, serving several years as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and prosecuting cases involving environmental issues.
Acting U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen told the newspaper that the office “has been indelibly shaped” by the men’s work.
“But what distinguished these three extraordinary men is their profound and unerring sense of justice which they unfailingly sought to achieve each time they stepped into a courtroom,” she told The Salt Lake Tribune.