Charges filed against 'fixer' in ongoing investigation of Shurtleff, Swallow


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  • bruz Saint George, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    Is it any wonder that scores of criminals infest the body politic?
    The study of all 50 states done by Center for Public Integrity finds Utah with an overall "D" rating and an "F" for ethics.
    I have been known to ask Utah people this question: Why was the office of Secretary of State disbanded in Utah?
    Rest assured as long as the people allow themselves to be governed by BAR members, the people will continue as subjects worshiping and serving men and corporeal creations.

  • slayer1 htown, TX
    Dec. 14, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    They weren't doing anything more than the rest of the crooked politicians are doing. They just got caught is all.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Certainly appears there are a lot more involved in this whole ordeal. This looks like just a piece in a very ugly puzzle. Probably a lot of very nervous people right now.

  • Todd from Santa Ana Encampment, WY
    Dec. 13, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    I wonder if Gayle Ruzikia will still get her pass to the celestial kingdom?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    Money,, power, influence is a bad cocktail. The executives of the State of Utah didn't do their part to know what was happening in the AGs office through auditing and just listening to the assistant AGs talking, During the GOP convention there was plenty of discussion from those people wanting a change from Shurtleff and the Swallow activities. However, Shurtleff was pushing for Swallow up to Election Day 2012, knowing was was happening with different investigations with Swallow. Lawson type of activities seemed to be at play after those quid pro quo dealings for money and the power play to continue the prior AGs dynasty.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    So, they prosecute the obvious weak link. Once conviction becomes very likely they offer Mr Lawson a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony agaist the two former Attorneys General. In about 6 months we will likely see charges being filed against Shurtleff and Swallow.

    At least is what happens in other cases involving multiple investigation targets.

  • Cowboy Joe Encampment, WY
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    This is why you don't blinding for for an R or an M. Strait party ticket voters vote blindly and do not study the issues or candidates.

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Remember when mom and dad told us that there are certain people you don't play with, unless you wanted to be associated with their group. Seems to me the Attorney's General played with the wrong group (the ones they were suppose to be prosecuting) and followed them instead of being leaders. It doesn't matter if technically, to the letter of the law, they have done nothing wrong. It was wrong for them to keep the friends that they did and get in the pockets of vermin.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    This is the most significant reason that we need a real two-party system in this state. If there had been an aggressive democrat in the race, we would have known about the sleaziness of the TWO past AGs.

    If the information is correct in this, and other papers, Swallow is looking at jail time. He needs to be held accountable, both criminally, and civilly. No wonder Shurtleff wasn't able to hold his "fixer" job. No professional law firm would touch either of these two.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Why would he need a fixer? To fix what?

  • Zoomie01 Lehi, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    I know one thing...I'll never vote for an incumbent again as long as I live. It's one term and then out you go. Politicians, if not checked and held accountable while in office, should always be checked on and watched over by an overseer/ombudsman. A record should be kept on every meeting, visitors who meet with politicians, and even their e-mails should be permanently recorded. I do not trust any of them anymore.

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Maybe taking the lid off the whole situation by nailing this guy will yield enough evidence to put swallow and all other involved parties in prison where they belong. For John Swallow to sit to feign innocence is just ridiculous with all of the shenanigans that went on. If we spent another million dollars putting them all away it will be well worth it considering the 3 million we have already spent. It's good to see that they're trying to finish this thing rather than just move on.This kind of cronyism is what is weakening our country. It must not be allowed to continue or pretty soon will be like Mexico or heaven forbid, The European Union.

  • gotold Ivins, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    This group of crooks and liars really have very little to do with state politics. They would all be democrats if that party controlled our state's government. These people saw an opportunity to enrich themselves by being "good conservative republicans" and took advantage of it. We need to change the way candidates are selected to run for office in our great state.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Lawson's "aggressive" emails are printed in the other paper. Take a look. I'm not saying that our former AG was threatening to murder people, but this guy Lawson definitely was--and Lawson was Shurtleff's "Porter Rockwell." This whole thing is going to get VERY bad.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    We need more men like Sim Gill in our government. Honesty has unfortunately become a very rare commodity.

    How about Sim Gill for Attorney General?

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    Fix THIS! I wouldn't think that attorneys general or their cohort are too well received in the Pen

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Did the Italian maffia setup shop in Utah? The Corleone's would be proud. But hey, Swallow did nothing wrong. He and Shurtleff surrounded themselves with characters who might leave dead horses in people's beds to scare them a bit, but there's nothing wrong with that kind of stuff in the AG's office right?

    If "the house of cards" was discussed by an office attorney in 2010, this stuff had been going on during most of Shurtleff's tenure and likely well after. I'm glad the "bust up" is finally happening to the right people.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    There is a problem with candidates acting like right wing conservatives on national issues to simply get elected to gain power. Ted Cannon started it in the seventies.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    It was only a matter of time.....Whoever said (and I paraphrase) "Lawson wound be the one to bring this house of cards down" was bang on. So sad that this kind of behavior goes on in positions of respect and honor.

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    Oh, heaven forbid we should have a "Reagan Republican" to succeed John Swallow. Let's get us a "Harry Reid Democrat."

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Dec. 13, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    More of the Utah Republican good old boys club at work. Back door deals, Ponzi schemes, fixing things all what Utah is known for.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    Another "Reagan Republican" following in the footsteps of John Swallow? I'm sure glad our legislature doesn't feel the need of any type of ethic reforms.

  • Mugabe ACWORTH, GA
    Dec. 13, 2013 5:56 a.m.

    This appears to be nothing more than a gang of thugs, dressed in conservative suits, to get their way. This is evident in the statement by Lawson, "he had guns and "Polynesian friends" who liked to "bust people up." And that some of them belong to one of the most notorious, treasonous gangs ever established in America, the ABA.

    I tend to believe that there are more people involved in this than has been revealed. I hope not, but in every scheme, there seems to be a "Master mind" that always goes untouched. Just my opinion.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:37 a.m.

    Having lived in Illinois for 9 years, this doesn't sound too much different than the politics there. Chicago has spread it's process to Utah with curtains and all. The two prior AGs have made the waters cloudy for their whole office. There are plenty of good people in the AGs office who are doing their best to keep the law enforcement clean and pure.

    It is hard to believe that the other politicos in office would want the muddy waters above their knees. Alleged is getting muddier for a person that always claims innocence. The second prior AG has definitely wanted this to go away with his dynasty.

    Truth is truth to the end except for the facts that might change.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2013 12:24 a.m.

    Could this be why John Swallow suddenly decided he would step down?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 11:21 p.m.

    Where there's smoke there's fire and this one has been smokin' and smoldering for a long time.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    Can you say "Fall Guy". Talk about getting thrown under the bus. Mr. Lawson is going to take the blame for multiple felonies. Too bad all this happened without Shurtleff and Swallow knowing anything about this rouge agent in their midst, I'm shocked. -OR-

    Maybe it's just the good lo' boy Republican party thinking the rules don't apply to them and running business as usual until they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar?

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    This whole thing is really beginning to smell.