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New allegation: John Swallow asked for $120K from jailed businessman

New recording, texts show worries about keeping information secret

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  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    All this from a man who said he was a "Reagan Republican." I wonder if history will agree with him?

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    Why is everyone so shocked? You don't vote for the best candidate necessarily, you vote for the "R"... only the "R" Party has the best candidates.
    Actually both parties field good candidates for the most part and if you do some research and vote for the BEST of each party, you'll find there are checks and balances that keep even the shady a bit afraid of crossing the line.
    Absolute power breeds absolute corruption... in both parties... vote a split ticket and end the "Absolute Power" problem.
    A good mixture of "R" and "D" brings some oversight from both sides.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    This is not overkill for a man who was to be the Utah chief law enforcer and lead by example. This type of process he chose doesn't happen very often in Utah compared to what we had in Illinois. That may be commonplace there but it is not to be the norm in Utah. We are supposed to have trust in our Attorney General and management of that office. We don't expect these types of allegations with an office that is to have Integrity and Honor.

    We don't expect our elected officials to take bribe or business money for their gain, economically and politically. Public officers are reimbursed for their service. It is sad for the prior Lieutenant Governor to say he left office as he needed more money. Mr. DePaulis did not need to be lambasted in his years of real public service for our State. He didn't ask for more money. However, in our State sometimes people are enhanced by their public service for more lucrative jobs. The Lieutenant Governor knew the salary and other requirements prior to his departure and acceptance of the $85,000 for his governor.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Swallow and Shurtleff both need to spend time in prison to show the other politicians you can't get away with fraud as an elected official. I realize that may be far fetched to expect politicians to be put in jail by other politicians, but it would be the right thing to do.

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    State and federal government bureaucrats would be pounding the pavement looking for another job if they had even looked like they had done this, if it appeared they did they would be in jail, but as an elected official Swallow gets retirement? Really? PLease!!!

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    When will we ever get some laws passed on ethics and limitations on fundraising for politicians in the state of Utah? When the voters demand it. Time for every voter to get informed and write their legistators.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    This whole John Swallow affair is such overkill. It is
    like some kind of obsession. It has been reported on too
    much let the final report come and then move on. Most people
    I believe are sick of it. There are many pressing
    issues so cover them.

  • hnoel Layton, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    I have always been frustrated by the attempt to describe the $250,000 pay-off as a "lobbying effort." We lobby -- in the open -- to get laws passed...or not. We do not lobby to influence the outcome of a criminal investigation or to stop legitimate prosecution under the law. ANY attempt at either of these two efforts is bribery -- clear and simple....it is by NO stretch of the definition "lobbying."

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    Hush money? Bribery? Influence peddling? Oh my!!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    As one comment mentioned, why did the Federal Investigators stop with Swallow and not continue. Maybe their leaders have similar backgrounds with money laundering, lobbyists, Party games and other types of rabbit trails. Integrity should apply to the government, military and public officials but it is like lying, habits are hard to stop.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    This just keeps getting better and better.

    It appears that there are many victims in this tangled web but my heart goes out to Mrs. Swallow, Mrs. Shurtleff and their children. What a terrible thing to be dealing with during the holiday season.

    I'm wondering how long it will be before these wives bail on their criminal husbands?

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    Every time a politician gets in trouble-and then denies it-and then gets in more trouble, we all act surprised. Every last one of them is a crook. Why do we keep falling for it? The rule for any political office at any level must be one and done. That way, no pensions, no lifetime politicians, no dishonesty to stay in power. ONE AND DONE! ONE AND DONE!!!!

  • Fyodor Mikhailovich Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    While both Swallow and Shurtleff seem to have flouted the very laws they were sworn to uphold, my comment is to Sammy Linebaugh. Congratulations Sammy for being an investigative reporter for the Des. News. I have watched your career with interest from East high through the U. of U., to a KSL reporter and now with the News. I hope all is well with you and yours and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Gene F.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Didn't Swallow, during a radio interview, say something like, "I'll never be able to prove that I'm innocent"? Seems there's a very good reason for that: He isn't! This guy needs to be severely penalized beyond the humiliation he's brought upon the state, his family and himself. A few years in the slam and permanent suspension of his license to practice law would be a good start.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Ah, the government of Utah. A $100k there, $13 million here.... it's all so lucrative. Question: Does all this bribery stuff make the Utah Republican Party any less holy?

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    There is no such thing as "legitimate lobbying efforts".

    Anytime you are paying money to buy influence both sides get dirty. Well, not get...they are already dirty.

    To think that we even allow fundraising efforts is silly. Everyone ends up owing favors to people. That is a system designed to fail.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    This continues to be a very interesting and strange story. The money on the unfettered internet appears to be astronomical.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Having worked with people from all around the world and living in many countries, I have seen governments and businesses impacted by their leaders by integrity or lack thereof.
    As Marvin J. Ashton, a former President of the Deseret Book Company and an Apostle said in April 1982, “A lie is any communication given to another with the intent to deceive.” A lie can be effectively communicated without words ever being spoken. Sometimes a nod of the head or silence can deceive. Recommending a questionable business investment, or failure to divulge all pertinent facts are a few other ways to communicate the lie.” He mentioned that the first and great liar, “telleth them that it is no sin to lie. … And thus he … causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare.” the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will.” “It is a tragedy to be the victim of lies. As Samuel Johnson wrote, “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

    Power can corrupt people and their processes to get gain.

  • gotold Ivins, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    Wow! How appropriate during the Christmas Season......the gift that keeps on giving. This office should be appointed by the governor so we can avoid some of the temptations of our state's chief legal officer having to raise campaign money.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    The cesspool keeps getting deeper and wider.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    @Something to think about

    He will be stone broke LONG before he starts getting his pension---IF he gets his pension.
    That won't even cover the interest on the legal bills he'll have by that time.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    I just hope if Swallow is found to be guilty of some type of criminal act, the state will not, not give him his retirement as per him waiting to resign!

    It would be sad to see him take advantage of the state... twice!

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    It would seem that some in the Attorney Generals office were out of control. Don't they have to follow the same rules that regular state employees have to follow with regards to receiving or soliciting bribes? It makes me think that the AG's office should come under the purview of the Governor's office ie not have the AG elected. This has become a power corrupts situation. Sad.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.

    I don't believe it. When he resigned, he said he had done nothing wrong.
    Heck...he even said that on the "Doug Wright" show.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.