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House committee: New emails confirm evidence against former Attorney General John Swallow

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  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2014 4:46 p.m.

    To "Utefan60" if he has violated more than the election laws, what laws did he violate? From the beginning people have been saying that he violated more than election laws, yet nobody knows what has been violated. Please tell us what laws he has violated.

    It is just your opinion that he shouldn't get is pension. However, as I stated before, we are a nation of laws. Public opinion does not determine a person's guilt or their ability to collect their contractual pension.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    To "sin 6.7" see "Lt. Gov. satisfied with Swallow resignation, won't pursue civil case" on KSL. The Lt. Governor explains why they are not going to court with this.

    See also "Utah AG: State Bar has closed one Swallow investigation, won't prosecute" in the Trib.

    The State Bar, from what I understand, can reopen the case. That is up to them to determine.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Feb. 13, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    4601, when Eric Holder or Barack Obama lie about who gave them campaign contributions and then change their minds about prosecuting somebody, I'll be the first to condemn them.

    aceroinox asks,

    So Mr. Swallow's attorney wants us to believe that the data disappeared from every electronic device his client owned since 2009 by accident? Seriously? How gullible does he think Utah citizens are?

    To which I reply---Look at who they vote for. There's no way the Tea Partiers are going to deliver all the stuff they claim they stand for, but that doesn't stop them from promising it.

    Would you spend $2 million to defend a lost cause in court? Utah's elected officials did!

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    To: Redshirt1701, Mr. Swallow seems to have violated more laws than would just have him removed from office. He may have violated numerous other laws that would deserve prosecution. As for the example of prosecuting the drunk driver if he is already dead.....Mr. Swallow is hardly dead and receiving a pension that he may not deserve and living quite well. Not a very good example Redshirt1701.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    Re Red Shirt:

    I'm not familiar with the law you speak of but if you are right I am not too sure I don't agree with you.

    If he is not going to do time, loose his license or pay monetarily then as Red Shirt said above what's the point?

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    To "Obama10" and "sid 6.7" what is the point in prosecuting? The law says that if he was found guilty that he would be removed from office. What sort of punishment can be imposed if he is already out of office?

    Would you prosecute a drunk driver if he was already dead?

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    Dixie Dan:

    It's allowed to happen because Mr. Swallow is a Good Ol boy Republican in Utah. Prosecutors could not see his resignation coming? Give me a break!

    So let me get this straight Utah, the majority of us have no problem with a Governor who gave 13 million dollars of free money to a Construction Company who did nothing and you want to rake this Guy over the coals?

    Believe me I want this guy to go down too but allowing him to stay in office just long enough to get his benefit's is in it's self a crime. If the prosecutors in this State were that inept then we would all be in trouble, the problem is they are not, they know exactly what they are doing.

    What a shame.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    So when will charges be filed?

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    To "Dixie Dan" he gets to keep his license and pension because we are a nation of laws. He was not kicked out of office before becoming eligible for the retirement. As for his license, that is up to the State Bar to take care of, that is not a matter of opinion to determine who keeps their license and who does not.

    To "Kings Court" they are not going to prosecute this because even if he is found guilty, the punishment is only to be removed from office. No fines or jail time is included.

    To "The Real Maverick" if lies were all it took to convict a politician and put them into jail, then we would have more than enough evidence to put Obama into jail for the rest of his life. The fact is lies are not enough.

  • slave American Fork, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    @ crazladie

    My guess is that you do not understand the processes required to recover data. No small process. I agree that needing to spend the money is painful but that is the price we pay to live under the law that says innocent until proven otherwise. There were multiple devices that they attempted to recover data from but only succeeded on one. The cost has nothing to do with the fact that the "government" requested it. You need to hope that if you are ever accused of wrong doing that no cost will be spared to prove your innocence. He has been saying that he is innocent. Time for him to come forward and stop the bleeding of our dollars...

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    I wonder where 2 bits and Mike Richards are now. The majority of us saw this coming long ago but some refused to believe it. I haven't heard from the Swallow supporters in awhile now.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    Continued denials from Swallow would indicate that he's lost his sense of right and wrong.
    At this point the investigators have spent the money and will now publish the information to give us some value for the money. Swallow will be further embarrassed by the revelations.
    He should have resigned last July and saved us all the grief.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    No citizen of Utah is happy with John Swallow, but there is great moral outrage from the Democrats over Mr. Swallow. How could this happen, an elected public servant lying? Yet they are silent when the Clintons, Mr. Obama, Eric Holder and other current White House figures are opaque or outright lie.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    "'No matter what the dollar amount is, people are going to find a way around it,'" Hemingway said."

    Isn't that a nice comment from one of our elected lawmakers?

    What chance does the public have if our elected lawmakers have that attitude regarding ethics.

    It that statement is true, what hope does the public have for ethical conduct from our legislature?

    And how would we really ever tell who the good guys are as opposed to the bad?

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    RE Dixie Dan

    I agree! He should be prosecuted and held accountable. His pention should be stripped, because he "earned" it under the umbrella of illegal activities.

    I'm willing to see our State spend the necessary money to make sure this behavior is no longer permitted. I fear though, that the cost will give the State the excuse to allow a member of their 'good ole' boy' network to go free!

  • wendell provo, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 6:21 a.m.

    If John Swallow were a Democrat, this would be a much bigger story in Utah, and he would have been arrested long ago. Much of the right-leaning citizenry of this fine state dismisses the conduct of Mr. Swallow by saying things like, "he was forced to resign - hasn't he suffered enough?". I love how some people in Utah are complaining that we are wasting tax-payer money to investigate this man, but have zero problem with the state spending money to fight marriage equality. Sad, Sad, Sad.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    And of course this being Utah, the Republican Party will not nor will ever be held accountable!

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:28 p.m.

    So Mr. Swallow's attorney wants us to believe that the data disappeared from every electronic device his client owned since 2009 by accident? Seriously? How gullible does he think Utah citizens are? He was incredibly brazen to engage in these activities in the first place, not to mention as an officer of the court, but then to thumb his nose at the people by boldly conducting an indefensible cover-up, all the while protesting his innocence! What on earth was he thinking?

    I hope the State of Utah sues Mr. Swallow to recover the costs of this investigation, as well as files criminal charges for not only his fraudulent activities, but also for tampering with evidence and hindering the investigation.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    Gee.... I'm shocked! Not!

    Time for Mr Swallow to go to jail. I mean, honestly, how many more lies must this guy tell?

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    This all fine and dandy, but when is he going to be prosecuted?

  • crazladie Draper, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    WOW!!! Really??? 1 million to recover data??? I defiantly need to change professions! It never ceases to amaze me at the continual increasing costs of legal cases!!! Amazing and sickening at the same time!!! It seems that our government has no trouble spending my money for things that I find outrageous! When will it ever end! Thus the reason everyone hates giving tax monies to people who cant even balance their checkbooks or spend within a budget, something all us free market enterprisers have to learn and practice! Unfortunately our government leaders have never learned this and spend as if there is no end!!! This should offend everyone of us "commoners"!!!

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    And yet Swallow gets to keep his law license and was allowed to stay employed after he resigned so he could collect a yearly pension of $12,000. Why was this allowed to happen?

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 5:32 p.m.

    Where there's smoke....