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Published: Friday, Feb. 15 2013 6:49 p.m. MST

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owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

The chief law enforcement officer needs to resign..... Absolute power breeds absolute corruption...... When are we going to go back to the 2 party system?
Utah is like Iran, Cuba and China .... they to are a one party government.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Absolute power has been going on in Utah for the last 40 years and is an irrelevant time to bring this on to this mans back. Absolute power is rampant and widespread in our legislature and city governments. That's what indemnification is all about and written in to every worker and elected and contracted and appointed government position in city, county, state, and federal government.

The push and mention of ethical government is merely the Democrats way of posturing as they them selves will never agree to any such legislation that would make them expose themselves to the same accusations they are demanding against Swallow. Indemnification is a law that gives absolution for controversial and ethical violation of trust and its applicable to any elected person regardless of party affiliation.

Let the Democrats pass a law applicable to any democrat party member to make it a crime for their ethical misconduct cause for their resignation from public service. If the democrats are serious about their accusation then let them start with their own members elected to representative positions.

Its not likely there will be any push for ethical reform by any party without first abolishing indemnification in political services.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

Don't blame me. I voted Reyes and then Dem in the general election.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But . . . but . .. . Ethics?

Let's see . . . . ethics . . .. .we're looking . . . .. we're looking . . .. .

Ethics?

Hmmmmmmm.

MFranko85
South jordan, UT

I believe in the constitution. Our right to due process and Clause 39 of Magna Carta provided:
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.

MFranko85
South jordan, UT

Someone on another site posted something that really made sense:
Too bad we have a system where he must resign before he even has his day in court. Doesn't the Bill of Rights promise a speedy and public trial? He might have had a breach of conduct, but it still seems, if we are to treat him fairly, we should not be doing this. And, it seems we should refashion our legal system to fit with what the Constitution calls for.How is it just that he should irreparably be held in public contempt without chance to clear his name? How is it just that we demand he step down on basis of charges, alone, and before there has been any finding of guilt? How is it just that voters went to the polls while this was under wraps?

MFranko85
South jordan, UT

I for one believe in the Constitution. Clause 39 of Magna Carta provided:
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.

Let the man have his day in court before calling for his resignation. What if he really is innocent?

dt90
South Jordan, UT

This isn't about taking Swallow out of office, it is about ethics reform. Those of you that see this as a chance to remove Swallow from office are like vultures. Do not forget about the Constitution or Due Process. Let the professionals do their job and quit with the peanut gallery tactics.
"If there comes an impeachment process, we act as judges. For us today to comment in any way upon the situation of the attorney general would be inappropriate," the Senate president said. "We need to remain as unbiased as possible if we're called on to do our constitutional duty. We believe in due process and the presumption of innocence."

John Jackson
Sandy, UT

I would not be granting his office more money. I do not know that all of Rep. King's questions to him were within that domain, but feel King should have been allowed to inquire about how money is made by those working in the A.G.'s office, including on the side. Nor do I find it wrong to wonder if those in the office might get by on less, not more. If some end up taking other jobs, competent people can be found to take their places. Money not spent on the A.G.'s office is money that can be spent elsewhere.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Could John Swallow and his fellow Republicans be so out of touch to believe this scandal will go away if they simply refuse to talk about it?
A great message to their constituents, isn't it?

heated_up
Salt Lake , UT

We can't fault anyone for allowing due process to run its course before passing judgment and harsh punishment against Swallow. There is nothing wrong with allowing him to remain innocent until proven guilty regarding a claim he adamantly denies. If every politician were ran out of office when an accusation is made against them, no one would hold a political office for any amount of time.

Houghty
SL, UT

My2Cents makes an EXCELLENT argument!
Let the Democrats pass a law applicable to any democrat party member to make it a crime for their ethical misconduct cause for their resignation from public service. If the democrats are serious about their accusation then let them start with their own members elected to representative positions.

Until then, let the man have his due process. No one in politics is without their history. Something Swallow did in 2010-2011 while not a Career Service Employee was completely legal within our system. You don't like it - elect someone to change it. Until then, he did nothing wrong.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Something Swallow did in 2010-2011 while not a Career Service Employee was completely legal within our system. "

Aye, there's the rub. What is clearly WRONG is not always illegal. This is not a R vs D thing.

Partisans will defend a party member regardless. Swallow clearly has ethical judgement issues.

Clearly.

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