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Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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micawber
Centerville, UT

I agree we should not rush to judgment. But newspapers play a role in bringing facts to public light. Tom Harvey and Robert Gehrke are doing some very good reporting on this story at the Salt Lake Tribune.

bodgerdlue
Kearns, UT

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it certainly isn't a moose. At best this should show that Mr. Swallow shows extremely poor judgement (and maybe lacks a bit of common sense). Do we really need a man with this kind of poor judgement as our Attorney General?

hnoel
Layton, UT

I think Mr. Swallow should resign -- now. The results of the proposed investigation will determine whether or not he goes to jail. The facts that we already know to be true, and that he has acknowledged, have already determined him to be unfit to serve in his current office.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Wow. Here's another headline that just appeared in the Tribune:

Regulators go after another Utah attorney general donor
Politics » Some Utah direct-marketers who gave money to Shurtleff, Swallow are in hot water with regulators.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

What we do know is that part of the $250,000 paid to make the FTC investigation go away was deposited in Swallow's lobbying company's account while he was deputy attorney general. We also know that he transferred the lobbying company to his wife the day he filed his candidacy. Consequently, Swallow's part of the $250,000 was not disclosed. It looks like a prima facie bribery scheme to me. Also Swallow's taped meeting in Orem and the weird affidavit of Swallow's client three days before death increase suspicions. By not doing much of anything, the D-News is letting down its subscribers and readers.

E. Hindman
Ogden, UT

Swallow worked as the deputy AG and had a lobbying company - is that not a conflict? Just asking.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I agree that an independent investigation with subpoena power is in order. Scott Matheson Jr. and Jon Huntsman Jr. come to mind as the ones to chair such an investigation.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Whaaa! Leave poor John Swallow alone - innocent until roven guilty
vs.
the frothing at the mouth, witch hunts conducted and assumed on the President of the United States by these very same people.

Why the Double-standard....hypocrites?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

When is the media supposed to be the unbiased Watch-Dog?

Is the DeseretNews playing fair, or playing for favorites?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Isn't it just like the liberals to tar and feather someone before there is a trial?

Whatever happened to "nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" (5th Amendment), or "to be confronted with the witnesses against him;" (6th Amendment) or "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws", (14th Amendment)

Some people think that an accusation is the same as a conviction. Some people think that public opinion should be used regardless of what the law says. Some people are so insecure in their thinking that they let a newspaper reporter do their thinking for them.

It's time to grow up and be responsible. If you expect due process, then you had better allow everyone else to have due process.

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

@Mike
With what Mr Swallow has already admitted to doing he should be removed from office. I'm not talking about speculation or anything of that nature. I'm talking about what he already admitted to doing. Which is setting up Mr. Johnson with people who "could take care of his problems" then taking money for doing so. He has admitted to helping set up Mr. Johnson to bribe his way out of his charges. That fact is not in dispute, and alone is enough in my mind to remove the man from his office.

DucatiCR
Salt Lake City, Utah

I can appreciate that Mr. Swallow may or may not be guilty of what he is accused of, I am not an attorney, I don't play one on TV, nor do I have all of the facts. However, what I do know is that as the Office of the Attorney General is the top law enforcement officer in the state, the AG, his staff, and his office all need to be above reproach. Having this cloud of doubt and suspicion keeps him from performing his job in a manner than benefits the people of the state of Utah. He needs to resign, and he needs to do it now.

one old man
Ogden, UT

When a police officer is involved in a shooting, when a school teacher is accused of possible wrong-doing they are forced to step aside in a status of "paid administrative leave" while an investigation is completed.

Shouldn't our Attorney General step aside and go on leave until the investigation has been finished?

EDM
Castle Valley, Utah

I agree. Growing up with Utah County values, I learned not to judge early on. There is an entire segment of our population that has earned virtue by virtue the right to impunity.

EDM
Castle Valley, Utah

Mike Richards,

Thank goodness, no tar and feathering in the history of religious conservatives!

Call4Moderation
Salt Lake City, UT

People need to read more. Swallow too money as an independent consultant. Just like some police officers moonlight as security guards, as just a part of the AG's office (he wasn't the AG), he can consult. Rawles, the guy who took the money, signed an affidavit saying that Swallow was paid to consult on something completely unrelated. So giving some advice on how a private sector businessman could lobby isn't illegal OR unethical. How about we all just wait. I'm yet to see a single thing that makes me think he should resign...yet. He may need to, if the worst case scenario is true, but right now all we have is hear-say and partial recordings.

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