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Published: Thursday, Dec. 12 2013 7:10 p.m. MST

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Woodland Hills, UT

This whole thing is really beginning to smell.

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

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?

Farmington, UT

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

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

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

Kaysville, UT

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.


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.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

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.

Omaha, NE

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

Salt Lake City, UT

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

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

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.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Draper, UT

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.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

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

one old man
Ogden, UT

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?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

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.

Ivins, UT

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.

midvale guy

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.

Lehi, UT

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.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Why would he need a fixer? To fix what?

Layton, UT

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.

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