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First-of-its-kind panel should expect to be sued, attorney warns

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6 2013 4:44 p.m. MDT

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Tators
Hyrum, UT

A person can lead an "honorable life" and still make some bad decisions. From what has been reported, there is sufficient evidence to conclude that Swallow recently made some bad professional decisions in his choice of associations and dealings. Almost everyone caught in such circumstances then takes on the victimhood mindframe. Swallow appears to be no exception.

This report claims that the ensuing investigation will cost taxpayers upward of $3 million. I very much doubt there is any way Swallow can contribute that much in service to the state in his remaining 3 year term. There comes a time when it might be best to swallow (no pun intended) personal pride, resign and salvage whatever face is still salvageable. I'm confident he could then have a successful career in private practice, away from the media.

Swallow's reputation is already very much compromised. No Utah politician in recent memory has been this controversial. Even if he gets off on a technicality, his ability to function effectively as state AG would still be doubtful. Again, and for the aforementioned reasons, he should seriously consider a resignation for the good of the state and his political party.

djc
Stansbury Park, Ut

How can ethically and morally challenged people be so unaware? If you are a politician or a public office holder, and you accept gifts and money from anyone as payment (acknowledged or not - wink, wink, nod, nod) for some action you undertake for that person, you are doing something fundamentally wrong. You can run to the highest mountains and loudly and often profess your innocence, but your friends, neighbors, and the divine leader of us all see what you are doing. I wish Mr Swallow well, but if he continues to fail to understand what he did, he seriously needs help and spiritual guidance. Just the things he admits doing are enough, so I am not trying him in absentia. He admits doing things that are abhorrent to decent law abiding people.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

"Do they know about the boat"? -- John Swallow

Craigo
Ivins, UT

He may be technically innocent.. But, what honorable person, that wants to keep from looking bad, would hang out with guys that do payday loans, Online gambling, and offer the use of their toys!
If I DON'T want people to have the impression that I drink alcohol, its probably best if I dont spend time in bars. The last 2 attorney Generals have taken money from some slimy people.. Then with the slimy people get in trouble, the Attorney Generals say how slimy they are..
Not fair to the slimy people :)

Deserthiker
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The conclusions of the House investigation are still some ways off, but what is clear from the facts already known in the case and admitted by Swallow, is that, while he may indeed have technically avoided crossing over the line into illegality, he has been tiptoeing along the bare edge of violations of the law frequently. Many of his actions, even if found technically legal, are clearly ethically suspect by most citizen's standards. The very confusion and questions such behavior creates is what renders him unfit to function as the leading law enforcement officer of the state. With his integrity in serious question, he lacks credibility or moral authority to perform the job for which he was elected. It's not about him, it's about the citizens of the State of Utah needing an AG who has the trust of the people. We deserve better than to have the AG's office sit essentially paralyzed, unable to perform in any meaningful way, while months of investigation into Swallow's conduct drag by. If his purpose is really the good of the State, it's time for him to step aside.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Why is the media and the Legislature giving so much credence to allegations of these types of people?" Swallow said.

Why? Because those are the "types of people" that you had inappropriate dealing with.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Literally????
That would certainly save the taxpayers a whopping amount of money, huh!

BigEasySLC
Salt Lake City, UT

I am sure he is indeed "blown away" by the investigation, as afterall he has watched his Utah State Government colleagues get away with the same kind of thing for decades and no one seemed to mind as long as they weren't secretly drinking Maxwell House on the sly....

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

I'm "blown away" too...

What are they waiting on? Lower the boom and let the State and J.S. move on!

jrgl
CEDAR CITY, UT

He seriously needs to resign...

southmtnman
Provo, UT

Swallow has "lived an honorable life".

Ask him. He will tell you!

He must be the most honorable person he knows!

DonO
Draper, UT

"I ask myself how did I get in this position."

You got in this position, John, by exhibiting a horrible lack of judgment on several occasions. We, your constituents, may have been willing to excuse one lapse but you have shown a total disregard for the common decency and ethics that every elected official should possess. Had you done the decent thing and resigned while you tried to clear your name, chances are you could have redeemed yourself. Now you are political (and probably professional) toast. As well you should be.

Y-Ask-Y?
Provo, UT

Aren't we all just so glad Swallow, Johnson, and all the rest are such good, upstanding LDS folks living "honorable lives"?

Red
Salt Lake City, UT

True Gold does not fear the refiners fire!

Here comes the heat!

What are you scared of John?

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Any school teacher, college professor, or police officer would have been investigated long before this. If the Attorney General has in fact lived an honorable life I believe an honest and open investigation will exonerate him. Threatening to sue if such an investigation goes forward does not exactly reassure the public. I would think the AG would be anxious to have his name cleared.

GD
Syracuse, UT

If the people don't want Swallow they can vote him out. I think what the legislature is doing is wrong. They ought to be investigated and you'd probably find things as well. I'm very disappointed in what they are doing. That money could be spent on other things of greater importance.

USMCer
POST FALLS, ID

If you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to worry about. I think that's taught when we're kids. Mr. Swallow seems to have forgotten that little gem. Let the chips fall...

Scott G.
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

John: It's called avoiding the appearance of evil; look into it.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Swallow did not act in a vacuum. It is entirely possible that as a person of political power he and all of his colleagues in political office attract all kinds of people seeking favor and special treatment. We call them lobbyists, some are registered and some not. The role expected of Mr. Swallow is to discern which ones to hang out with.

It appears Mr. Swallow's situation involves hanging out and possibly taking gifts from people he should have met in his office with the doors open and minutes taken of the meeting, and not out of state and out of sight.

It could be and probably is possible that many people in state government have hung out with and accepted gifts, favors, or VIP treatment from the same or similar people, and Mr. Swallow having seen this behavior, modeled it.

I am curious what will be discovered regarding his predecessor after 12 years of hanging out with the same or similar people.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

John Swallow is the epitome of a teenage rationalizing his mis-deeds to a Bishop --

Who did not "technically" break the Word of Wisdom,
or did not "technically" break the Law of Chastity...

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