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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 12:10 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

The chief law enforcement officer for Utah. If true, shocking.

Everett, 00

C'mon John Swallow defenders,
where are you?
I want to hear more of your explanations and rationalizations.

It was ALL a public witch-hunt, fabricated to destroy him by Democrats.

If you STILL believe that,
then you are more politically blind and partisan than anyone could possibly imagine.

Farmington, UT

So in his own way it was Swallow first, the State of Utah, it's citizens and telling the truth all further down the list of behavior. He was right about one thing: He will never be able to convince others he is innocent.

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

My concern is that Swallow will be allowed to "go quietly into the good night". He should be punished. We send 'poor people' to jail for much less. If left unpunished, this would enforce the believe that "white collar" criminals get off easier than blue collar criminals.

In addition, this would really hurt the credibility of the government of the State of Utah with outsiders.

Salt Lake City, UT

I am glad to see Republicans in the House going after this as they should. Even what Swallow has admitted to is definitely unethical, to say the least, especially given his position at the time.

I find it interesting that Johnson felt as though he could bribe Harry Reid. I guess those questionable land deals in Nevada make more sense now. If you are expecting Democrats to check into that - Don't hold your breath.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

John Swallow obviously felt he was above the law. This happens far too often with our politicians who become so accustomed to being the ones making the laws that they lose sight of the importance of obeying them. This is a very good illustration of why we should not elect those who are tasked with enforcing our laws.

Centerville, UT

I don't think this was ever a party issue--this is about corruption and graft. All sorts of things can be said - Swallow should have stepped down, Swallow should have never taken office, Swallow should have never committed the crime. My take? He should be fined severely and jailed for a long time, and the investigation shouldn't stop until the full extent of the scandal is uncovered. It smelled bad from the start...

Salt Lake City, UT

Let the law take its course.

Salt Lake City, UT

I guess Swallow resigned in hopes that everything would just be forgotten and dropped. Not likely. With the information now coming out, it appears he is clearly guilty of obstruction of justice. That's pretty serious stuff - particularly for a man in his position. I don't see how authorities can simply look the other way.

I suspect Swallow will be charged criminally. If he enters into any kind of plea deal, or is found guilty following trial, he certainly has to spend some time in jail. And loss of his license to practice law is a foregone conclusion.

I don't know where this man can turn at this point to find a job. I feel some sympathy for the guy and his family - even though I think he's guilty and deserves punishment.


"airnaut" As a conservative (not a RINO)I believe Swallow can and will be held accountantable. I think he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Now - Shall we talk about.....Benghazi, IRS spying, Fast and Furious, etc. or....should we just talk about the fact that...."if you like your insurance, you can keep it"?

South Jordan, UT

I expect and demand an obstruction of justice charge.

Salt Lake City, UT

Governor Herbert needs to do something dramatic to restore confidence in the AG's office and in his own administration. Once again, I propose he appoint a former candidate to the AG office, Andrew McCollough. Andy's politics are quite different from my own, needless to say, but he's just the guy to clear the air. Come on, Governor, no more business as usual.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

This is just the Swallow stuff. Shurtleff is next. And after that, who knows?

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

Wow, so Swallow's attorney says that Swallow did not "purposely fabricate documents". I'm pretty skeptical of the possibility that he accidentally fabricated documents.

Hyrum, UT

Given all this new evidence coming to light, it makes all of Swallow's declarations of innocense both sad and funny at the same time. He is truly worthy of the infamous "4-Pinnochio award".

He might yet still be able to find a job in politics... working for the Obama administration. Perhaps even his right hand man. Birds of a feather flock together.

Draper, UT

All the evidence shows that John Swallow is an unethical, amoral politico who cared only about himself and his political future...the law and Utah taxpayers be hanged. The more that comes out about this guy the more we see what an egomaniac he is. His attorney says the House committee is interested in only "one side of the story." I doubt there is more than one side but it would be good theater to hear Swallow try to explain his way out of this mess he's made of his life.

Draper, UT

My favorite is from attorney Snow. "Nothing...to our knowledge (Swallow's knowledge?)...was intentionally deleted...that was problematic...emails were deleted in the regular course."

Hmmm, first of all, we are talking about the lead law officer in the state, so no emails should be deleted. Second Mr. Snow, define "regular course?" Attorneys are generally not supposed to delete emails in the "regular course" especially if they are relevant legal documents.

Snow blames the committee for initiating this effort and thinks we are all being duped by them. I really do want to know what the "other side" is, because the side we are seeing clearly spells Swallow was a fraud.

Mr. Snow, if it had not been for this committee and others looking into Mr. Swallow's actions, he would still be in office. Quit trying to make us think the problem is with the committee and anyone other than your client.


Swallow should start preparing for a criminal trial and Shurtleff should retain counsel because he is next. The AG office was corrupt under these two AG's. I don't care who the Republican candidate is for the next office, I will be voting for the Democrat to clean up this mess.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Mr. Swallow is as innocent as a baby.

He is a saint.

He hasn't done anything wrong.

When will liberals give up this man hunt?

And Shurtleff is completely innocent and righteous too.

I'm sure Herbert will appoint a righteous AG....

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I thought only "liberal" Chicago and New York did this sort of stuff???

Apparently not.

This is what happens with one party rule and absolutely no ethical standards.

Isn't it about time we set up some ethical and campaign finance reform? Each candidate has $1000 dollars to spend. That's it. No "fund raising." Isn't it time to get rid of the corrupt caucus? Isn't it time to produce some checks and balances?

Or do repubs in this state still feel like we can merely "trust" in our leaders to act righteously???

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