John Stockton writes letter of support for Utah woman who pled guilty of being Capitol insurrectionist

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Utah Jazz legend and NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton wrote a letter to a federal judge in support of a Utah woman who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Janet Buhler, of Kaysville, was arrested in Salt Lake City this past July 30 after she was charged with five counts by federal prosecutors related to her and her stepson-in-law, retired Salt Lake City police officer Michael Lee Hardin, allegedly being in the Capitol that day.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

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Eric Walden @tribjazz
Former Utah Jazz star John Stockton wrote a letter to a federal judge in support of Janet Buhler, a Utah woman facing up to six months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge related to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.…11:22 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1988, the @Utah Jazz‘s John Stockton had 23 points, 24 assists, and five steals in a loss to the Lakers in the conference semis.
Stockton tied Magic Johnson’s NBA postseason record for most assists in a game, a mark they still share today. PM

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