Samuel P. Newton
Samuel P. Newton
Assistant Professor of Law
Menard Law Room 203
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.
Samuel P. Newton and Teresa L. Welch. “Understanding Criminal Evidence: A Case Method Approach.” (Wolters Kluwer) (2012)
No Justice in Utah's Justice Courts: Constitutional Issues, Systemic Problems, and the Failure to Protect Defendants in Utah's Infamous Local Courts, University of Utah Law Review (2012)
History of Crime and Punishment in America: 1851-1900 in The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America, ed. Wilbur R. Miller (2012)
The History and Problems of Utah's Sex Offender Registry: Why a Move from a Conviction-Based to a Risk-Assessment Approach Better Protects Children, Criminal Law Bulletin (2011)
Samuel P. Newton, Kidnapping Reconsidered: Courts' Merger Tests Do Not Remedy the Inequities Which Developed from Kidnapping's Sensationalized and Racialized History, 28 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. (2019).
Samuel P. Newton, “Giving Teeth to State Constitutions: Using History to Argue Utah’s Constitution Affords Greater Protections to Criminal Defendants,” 3 UT J. Crim. L. 1 (2018).
Samuel P. Newton, “Getting to Know You: An Expanded Approach to Capital Jury Selection,” Tulane Law Review (2020-21)
Samuel P. Newton, “Kidnapping Reconsidered: Courts' Merger Tests Do Not Remedy the Inequities Which Developed from Kidnapping's Sensationalized and Racialized History,” 28 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2019).
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 (2012).
Samuel P. Newton, Blood and Thunder: Joseph Smith and Mormon Resistance in Antebellum America, 1827-1844 (forthcoming)
Samuel P. Newton and Teresa L. Welch, Understanding Criminal Evidence: A Case Method Approach.” (Wolters Kluwer 2012)
- Peter E. Heiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2020
- Faculty Mentor Award, University of Idaho Alumni Awards for Excellence, 2019.
- Distinguished Service Award, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017, given for outstanding and distinguished service to the criminal defense profession.
- Grant Recipient, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Death Penalty Representation, August 2015
- Grant Recipient, American Bar Association, Death Penalty Representation Project, April 2015
- Grant Recipient, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 2015
- Grant Recipient, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Seminar, November 2014
- Grant Recipient, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Training for Capital Defense, July 2014
- Grant Recipient, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Defender Service, Post-Conviction Habeas Death Penalty Cases, Cleveland, OH. August 15-18, 2013.
- Grant Recipient, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Righting Wrongful Convictions: Challenging Flawed Forensics, Cincinnati, OH. April 7, 2011.
What could happen Thursday in the Vallow case?, by Sally Krutzig, Idaho Falls Post Register, Jan. 29, 2020
Source: Kootenai County grand jury to consider murder charges against Lori Isenberg, by Taylor Viydo, KREM2, Jan. 28, 2020
“Commentary: Capital punishment system unfair to defendants and attorneys,” Salt Lake Tribune, October 29, 2017.