Utah's top 16 most noteworthy and poignant stories of 2013

Published: Monday, Dec. 30 2013 11:12 p.m. MST

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Matt Gade, Deseret News
Certainly the most enduring story of the year, the controversy of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow merited coverage almost every week. Shortly after Swallow took office in January, he faced allegations of influence peddling.

Those and other allegations prompted multiple investigations, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Utah State Bar, state elections office, U.S. Department of Justice Public Integrity Section, and a special Utah House investigative committee.

While federal authorities declined to press charges against Swallow, he continues to be investigated by district attorneys in Salt Lake and Davis counties, the FBI, and the Utah Department of Public Safety.

The House committee, which has spent nearly $3 million so far, reported email and other data missing from Swallow’s electronic devices. Investigators say Swallow deliberately destroyed data, made up documents and asked for $120,000 from a jailed businessman.

The embattled Swallow announced his resignation on Nov. 21, on the same day the lieutenant governor’s office prepared to issue a report that Swallow violated state election law.

Gov. Gary Herbert announced on Dec. 23 that Sean Reyes, who lost to Swallow in the 2012 GOP primary election, will be the new attorney general. Reyes was sworn in Dec. 30.

>> Utah Attorney General John Swallow announces his resignation during a press conference at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
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