Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
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.
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?
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.
Wow. Here's another headline that just appeared in the Tribune: Regulators go after another Utah attorney general donorPolitics »
Some Utah direct-marketers who gave money to Shurtleff, Swallow are in hot water
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.
Swallow worked as the deputy AG and had a lobbying company - is that not a
conflict? Just asking.
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
Whaaa! Leave poor John Swallow alone - innocent until roven guiltyvs. the frothing at the mouth, witch hunts conducted and assumed on the President
of the United States by these very same people.Why the
When is the media supposed to be the unbiased Watch-Dog?Is the
DeseretNews playing fair, or playing for favorites?
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.
@MikeWith 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.
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.
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?
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.
Mike Richards, Thank goodness, no tar and feathering in the history
of religious conservatives!
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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