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Published: Sunday, June 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

What crime has John Swallow committed while holding the office of Attorney General? Impeachment is for crimes committed while holding office. Unless John Swallow is guilty of some crime AFTER he was elected and AFTER he became Attorney General, impeachment proceedings are just a "witch hunt" to appease the uninformed public.

The duty of the media would be to explain how impeachment works and to explain that there is absolutely no reason to proceed with impeachment.

The duty of the media is NOT to keep this story alive, but to report accurately any fact that is found. Keeping the story "alive", is the job of the "National Enquirer", not the Deseret News.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

@mike richards. Where do you have the authority to say the public is uninformed? Just because swallow is one of your guys doesn't mean he hasn't violated election and campaign laws. He is highly unethical and is a politician who is playing the pay to play game at the expense of the citizens of Utah.

cns
St George, Utah

The test should not just be what Swallow did after being elected AG but also what was done while he was the Chief Deputy AG.
Whether Swallow's actions after he was appointed Chief Deputy AG constitute high crimes or misdemeanors or malfeasance in office is up to the legislature. What is clear to me is that he is a person who should not be the top law enforcement official in the state. The legislature will have to decide whether his actions merit the political equivalent of capital punishment

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Shaun,

Do think that John Swallow should be impeached? What has he done since holding office that justifies impeachment proceedings? If you think that he should be impeached and if cannot cite any criminal activity since he took office, then, I believe, that you are one of the uninformed people. No person who is informed about impeachment would ever ask for any proceedings against any elected official unless that person had authoritative knowledge that the elected official had misused his office.

You call John Swallow unethical. What has he done as attorney general that is unethical?

You're all too happy to lump everything that he is accused of doing into the same mix without giving him the rights that all citizens have to be tried by a jury of his peers after the State has collected sufficient evidence to hold a trial. You seem to want to do anything possible to remove an elected official from his office simply because you have decided that he is guilty.

Justice in America doesn't work that way. We're all presumed innocent until a court declares otherwise - and we're not talking about kangaroo courts.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

This blind trust that Mike Richards wants to force upon all of us is just plain silly.

And his attacking of those whom he disagrees with is typical. It's far easier to merely demean other posters and call them ignorant rather than actually address what they are saying.

We, the people of Utah, have heard and seen enough of this circus. We have heard the tapes. We know that Swallow was trying to extortionate money from Johnson. We have seen the records. He and Shutliff staying at Johnson's place and buying items all while placing them on Johnson's credit card. We have seen the records, showing Swallow has a long history of taking bribes errr campaign contributions from groups under investigation of the Utah AG's office.

And yet, after all of this, Swallow has the gall to insult us and call this a witch hunt? Yet, after all this, Swallow wants more time? Why? To meet privately with his buddies in the legislature?

Yeah. Right.

Sorry Mike and John, we ain't falling for it!

Impeach Swallow Now. Either he steps down or he is impeached. Then, he can go to jail. It's that simple.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

@mike richards. Swallow may have violated utah law by using Jeremy Johnson's houseboat. State law bars officials from accepting gifts if the official has recently been or may reasonably be expected to be involved in action affecting the giver in the near future. Now swallow was running for AG and wasn't elected at that point but you seem to think that once Swallow was elected all previous activity while he was running can not be used against him.

Also Swallow was essentially acting AG while shurtleff was going through and recovering from his cancer treatments. In my opinion he is in official capacity during those times.

The state constitution also states he can be impeached for malfeasance and many republican legislators have cited that part of the constitution as grounds for impeachment.

The Hammer
lehi, utah

Swallow used poor judgement and associated with snakes in doing his business. It wasn't just that he represented them but he had business dealings with them. Lawyers are required to hold to certain ethics and although that is hard to believe. As our Deputy AG he shouldn't have been meeting a krispy creme to discuss how he can help out certain people doing stuff that is not only highly unethical but potentially illegal. Impeachment does not mean he has to be convicted of a crime, impeachment is for those who have violated public trust which JOHN SWALLOW did do in an enormously unethical way. He holds a license to the Utah state Bar and should have acted in better judgement. How can he enforce our laws when he is a law unto himself and thinks he can act and do in away that betrays the symbol of the office. IMPEACH JOHN SWALLOW NOW.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

I just learned a new word...."extortionate."

hnoel
Layton, UT

Mr. Richards is off the mark to suggest that the only issue at hand is whether or not Mr. Swallow acted improperly AFTER taking office. The legislature should surely consider his actions while SEEKING office as well. A blatant disregard for ethics by those who hold office and those who seek office is, if not impeachable to the winners, certainly reason enough for a public official to step down. Mr. Swallow should do just that. He has spent any good will he might have had when this all began. He is counting on us buying into the line that if he committed no crimes, he should be left alone. ETHICS and DECENCY are the standards we should hold our public officials to.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "He is counting on us buying into the line that if he committed no crimes, he should be left alone."

So is Article 6, Section 19 of the Utah Constitution. It permits removal from office only for "high crimes, misdemeanors, or malfeasance in office."

hnoel
Layton, UT

Procuradorfiscal:

Please read what is written........."A blatant disregard for ethics by those who hold office and those who seek office is, if NOT impeachable to the winners, certainly reason enough for a public official to step down. Mr. Swallow should do just that."

Appears as though you did buy into his line.

hnoel
Layton, UT

Mr. Richards: " What has he done since holding office that justifies impeachment proceedings? If you think that he should be impeached and if cannot cite any criminal activity since he took office, then, I believe, that you are one of the uninformed people."

Do you mean "I killed the guy before I was elected, so there's nothing you can do to me?"

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

"Chicago Style" politics at play in Utah,
and Mike Richards defends it.
...amazing.

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