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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 20 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Kearns, UT

What else is new? Had this one figured out long ago. How come it too the Deseret News this long to write about it? It's like closing the barn door after all the cows and horses have escaped.

Beverly Hills, CA

This is what happens when you lay off so many people, the investigative team is understaffed, government malfeasance will run wild. Hire back some people D news.

BTW, those cheering on the death of newspapers need to realize that stories like this will be uncovered less and less and some thing will attempted to be slid by the public like the 13 Million Herbert gave out to do no work.

Draper, Utah

Wasn't Darrell Smith the mayor of Draper City also a UTA board member?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Sounds like the kind of things that might be done in Chicago. The Solyndra scandal for example.


Or like insider trading. We disallow individuals with information gained by virtue of their "insider" status from profiting from the knowledge that the general public does not have. Why should a UTA Board member be allowed to profit in the manner alleged? Moreover, considering that UTA will never recover its development costs and cannot cover even its operating costs, WE, THE PEOPLE, are bankrolling his profit. If the laws do not prohibit this abuse of his trust, we should change the law.

Seek to understand
Sandy, UT

I can just hear it coming. Now dozens of posters are going to assume this transaction was corrupt just because someone made money off a legitimate deal, transacted via the competitive marketplace, with public information. This is not like Chicago. There is no evidence of underhanded dealing, conspiracy, bribery, or misuse of public information.

In Utah, because we have many appointed boards, where volunteers who are smart and capable (usually business owners) are serving on these boards, there will be times when their business and volunteer efforts will connect. It happens frequently and is not evidence of some big "problem" with the way we do business as a government. The only other option is to have a large, central government control everything (like in the former USSR) without public input.

The controls we have in place are related to disclosure of conflicts - which according to the article and the Attorney General, were followed in this case by all parties.

Conflicts of interest do not necessarily mean there is something unethical going on. They are a reflection of our form of self-government.

And Senator Pat Jones' husband Dan Jones is our major state opinion pollster. Any conflicts there?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Big developers in Utah feed without shame at the public trough. I predict the new Timp highway will take many, many years to complete, with cost overruns and delays quietly funded by legislative collusion. . . . just as 201 in SLC took 13 years to complete. The Greeks built the Parthenon in 9 years! Of course, they didn't have a developer-dominated legislature . . .

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

How do you get a seat on that board?

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

The UTA has been a rogue organization for years. Very little oversight and very little expertise. Apparently, the board can't figure out how the UTA can be profitable but they can figure out how themselves can make a lot of money.

Salt Lake City, UT

And the guy is personally insulted by a question. Wow. Shocked, shocked I say!

Salem, UT

Is it just me or is Utah looking more and more like Texas every day? Or maybe just maybe Texas learned it from us.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Stop the corruption and waste of taxpayer money. End UTA, it is not worth the cost, and it is very expensive, in more ways than one.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

This distasteful situation at UTA has been known for years. Why is it taking so long to do anything about it?

The entire public is insulted by Diehl's attorney's response to responsible questions.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Is it just my imagination, or is Mr. Diehl's name popping up with all sorts of controversial deals all over the Salt Lake valley? Where Mr. Diehl ends up with huge financial gains and taxpayers are left with the bills?

Once may be a "conflict" but more than that seems like a pattern.

Any further characterization of this guy's behavior would probably not pass the censors.

AG Shurtleff, start the investigations now!

And, Cottonwood Heights Council- please do not approve this guy's latest scheme which is pending before you!


Why was a developer allowed on the UTA Board in the first place??? No less THIS particular developer? The minute any of us who had been in Draper for any length of time heard of the appointment we knew bad things were inevitable. PLEASE follow this investigation through and look clear back to the beginning to include the selection process for the UTA Board.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Irony Guy | 7:50 a.m. Sept. 20, 2011
Strain on a gnat and swallow a camel much?

You must have forgotten about Boston's Big Dig. The project began in 1982 with a completion schedule of 1998 and a budget of $2.8 billion. The final portion of the project was completed in 2007 and it will have cost $22 billion when it is finally paid for in 2038. They only missed their completion schedule by 9 years. On July 10, 2006 a concrete ceiling panel weighing 3 tons fell on a car and killed Milena Del Valle. Typical result when you mix liberals and government.

Houston, TX

Obviously someone knows something is going on at a certain location and took benefit of the information. In the business world, it is called insider trading. Even Martha Stewart got sent to jail for like 150K. So, for 24M, I think some actions should be taken.

Peter Coyotl
West Jordan, UT

Seek to understand wrote:

"And Senator Pat Jones' husband Dan Jones is our major state opinion pollster. Any conflicts there?"

Dan Jones has never made $24 million off a deal using his wife's influence as an elected official. Poor comparison.

Seek to understand also wrote:

"This is not Chicago."

True, in Chicago they actually arrest and convict people who break the law. Illinois has two former governors in prison. In Utah the politicians bend the law to shield themselves and their corrupt friends. Like when UDOT voted a second time to assure that the company that donated over $80 thousand to the governor won the multi-billion dollar road construction bid. UDOT the quietly paid millions to the company that won the bid before the second shady vote.

In Utah there is never a conflict of interest as long as one says they have a conflict of interest. Imagine if someone robbed a bank and was absolved by simply revealing that he is robbing a bank. No illegality there. He revealed he was robbing a bank.

Only in Utah. I know the moderators will not approve this post for no reason other than they do not like it.

Salt Lake City, UT

For as many fiscal conservatives who live in Utah, I would think there would be more outrage over wasted public funds.

Otherwise, you Tea Partiers are speaking out both sides of your mouth.

As a fiscal conservative, I hope heads roll on this one.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Let Terry Diehl do jail time, and quite a bit, to teach him and others like him a lesson.

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