Complaints dismissed against Utah lawyer for church

The Salt Lake Temple is shown Friday, April 19, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years to complete a major renovation, and officials are keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Church President Russell M. Nelson said Friday the closure will begin in December. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State bars have dismissed complaints by an Arizona prosecutor who claimed a lawyer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had given legal advice in states where he wasn’t licensed.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday that the State Bar of Arizona determined “no probable cause exists” for the complaint against Salt Lake City lawyer Joseph Osmond.

The Utah and California state bars have also dismissed similar complaints filed by James Schoppmann, chief deputy of the Mohave County attorney’s office.

Schoppmann claimed Osmond gave legal advice that caused an Arizona case of child sexual abuse involving church members to go unreported.

Osmond is licensed to practice in Utah but not in Arizona or California.

Osmond’s attorney, Bill Maledon, says the state bars determined the complaints were without merit.

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