Published: Thursday, Feb. 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
Impeachment would be good, as it carries with it a finding of facts. We as the
public are normal to be "rushing to judgment," and doing so is not wrong
of us. What is wrong is that no body -- whether it be a formal court or the
Legislature carrying out an impeachment -- has yet rendered a finding of the
facts. It would be good if our system was such that some legal or government
body did make a quick decision on the facts, in step with the public's rush
to judgment. Injustice is not in being tried and condemned. Injustice is being
condemned without being tried. The public has condemned Swallow, yet not one
justice-rendering body has yet acted. The Sixth Amendment calls for the accused
to enjoy a speedy and public trial. Why should not such a principle be guiding
us in the Swallow case? I do not say, Let the courts (including a legislative
impeachment body) take their course. I say, Let them take their course in the
quick and public fashion the Sixth requires of them.
It is difficult to admit that the political candidate you supported has behaved
so badly that they deserve immediate removal from office. Swallow supporters are
tolerating a level of unethical conduct that they would use to absolutely
crucify a political figure they opposed. Swallow needs to resign.
The ongoing investigation will reveal whether he needs legal punishment as well.
Amen and amen.
It is time for Swallow to go. The success of our country.has been due in large
part to the relative lack of corruption. The American people are already having
to deal with a Federal government that is increasingly corrupt. Let's not
let our Utah's government start resembling that of Chicago or New York. We
need a zero tolerance policy for corruption - Republican or Democrat.
Well said. As soon as the legislative session is over, the legislature needs to
move forward with impeachment.
I agree, the attorney general for the state of Utah should have a better
reputation than Swallow has. It is time for him to just step aside and hopefully
we will end up with someone I and other Utahns feel like we can trust. Stepping
down would be the honorable thing to do, and now would be a good time for
Swallow to show some honor. Best of luck John.
Wow! I'm shocked to say this, but I fully agree with Dan Liljenquist!
I have to admit I didn't vote for Mr. Swallow. Now I believe that may have
been a good decision on my part.
The article doesn't make it clear but impeachment is simply the opening of
legal proceedings. It doesn't mean that the accused has been found guilty.
The person is first impeached, then a trial is held, and then, if found guilty,
removed from office.
I completely agree, Swallow should resign and stop embarrassing the people of
Utah and his family with his lies. He should never have been elected but now
that he is the mistake needs to be corrected.I also believe Shurtleff
needs to be investigated, it seems obvious he is also involved in the Swallow
mess and needs to be held accountable for hushing it up.
Mr. Liljenquist makes some very good points. I think Mr. Swallow should resign,
but not because he has done something wrong. The jury is still out on that. He
should resign because this cloud of suspicion - caused largely by Mr.
Swallow's actions, which are well-documented - makes it difficult for him
to do his job as the state's highest law enforcement officer.The down-side on any call for resignation is that it might serve as an
invitation to opponents of every office holder to make unfounded attacks. There
is a fine line to draw when it comes to a call for a politician's
resignation, but I do believe the undisputed facts about Mr. Swallow have
crossed that line.
I agree with Dan. I know school teachers and police officers who were
immediately fired for lesser offenses than what John Swallow has already
acknowledged. I understand that John is an elected official and personally
believe he should be allowed to present his case in an impeachment hearing
rather than simply being pressured to resign. So far the only attempt at
accountability John Swallow has made was to request a federal investigation of
the charges - but only when he knew full well such an investigation was already
going on. As a College Professor I have been told repeatedly that I have a
position of trust and will be held to a higher standard than others in society.
I accepted that when I accepted the job. Its time for John Swallow to accept it
For the first time in my life, and likely the last, I agree with Dan
Liljenquist. He makes a very strong argument for Swallow's resignation. I
hope Mr. Swallow and our legislators read his article.
So is Dan itching to take the position? He jumped on the hate bandwagon with
hopes of having someone in Utah remember him? I admit that it is easy to
remember that Dan was absent from his duties most of the time he was in office.
He collected money for a job he was not doing. I am sure that Disney cruise was
nice, but it seems like the pot is calling the kettle black.
Exercising bad judgment is what happens when you don't have a body of
values and ethics that you obey. Living a set of values and ethics keeps you
from doing things that seemed like good ideas at the time but in retrospect were
Utahns had a chance to elect an excellent Attorney General, one who was named
Utah’s 2011 County Attorney of the Year and the 2010 Utah Gang
Investigator Association's Prosecutor of the Year while working as lead
prosecutor for Weber County. His name was Dee Smith. Unfortunately, Dee Smith
was not one of the "Good Ole Boys" from the Republican Party. Utahns
got what they deserve for reflexively voting for anyone with the magic
"R" next to their names on the ballot.
"Our system of government depends upon the fair and impartial application of
the law."That is really funny! Just the oposite is true. Our,
one Party rules, system runs on partiality. We don't have a true debate on
anything in this State. We don't have benevolent leaders, at least we
haven't for a long time. We have a governemnt controlled by some powerful
special interest groups. That much is plain and simple!
I voted for Swallow but how about we just give the office to the Dem contender?
These comments are interesting, but so far nothing concrete has surfaced. If he
intentionally witheld information regarding the use of the houseboat, is that
sufficient for impeachment or resigning?Why is it that he is
presumed guilty until proven innocent?
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