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ATV protest rider accuses government of 'jiggery-pokery'

ATV protest rider accuses government of ‘jiggery-pokery’

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former county commissioner Phil Lyman is scoffing at the argument by federal prosecutors that he should increase his monthly restitution payment for leading an illegal ATV protest ride in 2014 because he’s a now state legislator.

Lyman wrote in a court filing Friday that he makes $25,000 less as a state lawmaker than what he was paid as a San Juan County commissioner. He accused the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah of harming his reputation and engaging in “jiggery-pokery.”

Prosecutors argued earlier this month that Lyman has a “heightened moral obligation” to increase his monthly payment five-fold to $500 a month because he receives taxpayer money.

Lyman was protesting federal management of Western public lands with the ride in a pristine southeastern Utah canyon.

A jury found Lyman guilty of misdemeanor illegal use of ATVs and conspiracy.

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