Assistant Professor of Law
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321
- Ph. D., University of Utah, 2020
- JD, Brigham Young University, 2003
- BA, Weber State University, Political Science, 2000
Samuel Newton has worked for both prosecuting and public defender organizations in Utah and Montana. He is a licensed attorney in Colorado, Montana, and Utah. He has represented several people who have been charged with and sentenced to death, which have been the most challenging cases of his career. He is a former professor of criminal justice at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and the author of a book on criminal evidence and several articles on criminal law-related topics. His research areas of interest include civil disobedience, peace studies, and the death penalty.
He thrives on everything outdoors, especially backpacking, skiing, and rock climbing, and loves his family, including his wife, kids and an ever-growing number of foster and adopted children.
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).
Blood and Thunder: Joseph Smith and the Foundation of a Mormon Civil Disobedience Movement (forthcoming)
- 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.