Samuel P. Newton
Samuel P. Newton
Assistant Professor of Law
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321
- Ph. D., University of Utah
- JD, Brigham Young University
- BA, Weber State University
Before joining the University of Idaho College of Law, Samuel Newton worked for both prosecuting and public defender organizations in Utah and Montana, focusing much of his practice on appellate advocacy and capital defense litigation. He is a licensed attorney in Colorado, Montana, and Utah. He is a former professor of criminal justice at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. His research areas of interest include civil disobedience, peace studies, and the death penalty. His work has been cited by various courts, media organizations as well as other scholarly publications, including the Harvard Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Alabama Law Review.
2021 Samuel P. Newton, Blood and Thunder: Joseph Smith and Mormon Resistance in Antebellum America, 1827-1844, Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
2012 Samuel P. Newton and Teresa L. Welch, Understanding Criminal Evidence: A Case-Method Approach, Wolters Kluwer
2021 Samuel P. Newton, “Getting to Know You: An Expanded Approach to Capital Jury Selection,” Tulane Law Review.
2020 Samuel P. Newton, “Kidnapping Reconsidered: Courts’ Merger Tests Do Not Remedy the Inequities Which Developed From Kidnapping’s Sensationalized and Racialized History,” William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.
2018 Samuel P. Newton, “Giving Teeth to State Constitutions: Using History to Argue Utah’s Constitution Affords Greater Protections to Criminal Defendants,” Utah Journal of Criminal Law.
2012 Samuel P. Newton, et al., “No Justice in Utah's Justice Courts: Constitutional Issues, Systemic Problems, and the Failure to Protect Defendants in Utah's Infamous Local Courts,” Utah Law Review OnLaw (cited in the Harvard Law Review and Virginia Law Review)
- Jana Elliott Memorial Resource Parents of the Year (“Foster Parents of the Year”), Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and Montana Children’s Trust Fund.
- Faculty Diversity and Human Rights Award, University of Idaho College of Law.
- Burton Ellis Research Scholar, University of Idaho College of Law.
- Peter E. Heiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Idaho College of Law.
- Faculty Mentor Award, University of Idaho Alumni Awards for Excellence, University of Idaho.
- Distinguished Service Award, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Interviewed, Ryan W. Miller, "Mom of missing Idaho kids and husband seen island hopping,” USA Today.