another name for it is influence peddling. Its something the top attorney in
the state or anyone in the AG's office should not be doing. Clearly the
"moral compass" is not pointing true north. I have always
thought that the AGs office should be non political. I guess I was wrong, as I
understand the invitations to the lobbyists and legislature have already gone
out for a fund raiser for Swallow's reelection. Nice time at the Canyons
for a mere $500 donation.
The Utah Senate response appears to be reflective and deliberative as the public
interest would dictate.
Swallow acted inappropriately and now has to pay the price . Will any major
changes come about because of this - NoBut when the economic
collapse hits the fan - there where be some massive unbelievable changes
@John Jackson. "What is a lobbyist even doing in the picture? To me, we
should be as concerned about this as we are we are about whether Swallow broke
any law."I totally agree. At the very least Swallow should
resign or be removed from office. The Utah AG office should be governed by the
law not lobbyists. Whether he broke any laws is another issue all together.
What is a lobbyist even doing in the picture? To me, we should be as concerned
about this as we are we are about whether Swallow broke any law. How do we make
this fair to everyone? For not everyone can afford a lobbyist. If lobbyists are
part of our system of justice, perhaps when Miranda Rights are read to the
accused, "You have the right to a court-appointed lobbyist" should be
@John Jackson. I agree with you. The Utah AG office should not be for sale.
"Justice swayed and decided by the amount of money you throw forward is not
my idea of justice."Based on what Swallow has admitted we
already know he believes lobbying is an acceptable part of our justice system.
Anyone who believes that should not be part of Utah's justice system.
I would like to see the Utah republican party take the position that
"lobbying" has no place in our justice system. Our justice system is
guided by the law. It is administered by impartial investigations,
prosecutions, courts, and juries. Person's with money to hire lobbyists
don't get special treatment.
Why did John Swallow refer Jeremy Johnson to a lobbyist? Why is this an
acceptable thing, to pay lobbyists to use their influence to get a person out of
legal troubles? Yes, we pay lawyers, but lawyers use the law to help their
clients, or so I suppose. What can a lobbyist do that a lawyer cannot? Why would
you refer someone to a lobbyist and not to a good lawyer? If you are going to
the FTC and asking it to not charge someone with a crime, how is it that being a
lobbyist will make the FTC listen to you? Why would the FTC even grant you an
appointment? So, why-oh-why should Swallow have been referring Johnson to a
lobbyist in the first place? Do we have a legal system where those who have
enough money to hire lobbyists might make cases against them go away? Hmm,
I'm wondering, can those too poor to hire their own get the court to
appoint them a lobbyist, a court-appointed lobbyist? Justice swayed and decided
by the amount of money you throw forward is not my idea of justice.
Utah Art. VI Sec. 17, Impeachment by House, Sec. 18, Trail of
impeachment by Senate, Sec. 19, Officers liable for impeachment -
Judgement - Prosecution by law, Sec. 20, Service of articles of
impeachment, Sec. 21, Removal of officers.There are at least
10 days notice after articles of impeachment are drawn up and delivered and
trial by the senate. Between those dates the person can't function in
office until acquitted. OK, what did I miss? Oh, yes, finding out if
there is a reason for the House to convene and a poll by the speaker indicates
two-thirds have agreed to convene. Let's see what the US
AG's office has. At this point we have someone that should be treated
innocent until proven guilty. He hasn't be proven guilty. He may well be
telling the truth.I may have missed something, but based on my
understanding, I don't see any action the Senate should be doing at this
time. It would be the House that should be monitoring the investigation that has
been called for. If John Swallow is cleared, everything should be
fine. If he is not, I would believe he would step down at that point.
The truth sometimes is a hard pill to Swallow