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Published: Wednesday, March 12 2014 11:30 a.m. MDT

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Something to think about
Ogden, UT

The investigation will be a 'waste' if nothing is done aa result.

Clearly Mr. Swallow broke the law. We already have the 'evidence'. He should be prosecuted and his 'retirement' should be taken away to defray the costs.

If the elected officials of Utah are truly concerned with this voters 'trust' they need to finish the job!

"A.G..... Do your job!"

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If purity of conduct in office is the Utah standard, I can support this as a worthwhile investment, and hope that appropriate legal action follows.

However, having set that high standard, we need to apply it to EVERY politician in the state, including Democrats. And we need to pursue allegations of voting irregularities just as vigorously, to ensure that politicians winning elections do so fairly.

Finally, while on a zealous campaign to ensure all our laws are firmly and continuously applied, someone needs to start investigating allegations that some Utah law enforcement heads are negligent in enforcing immigration laws. After all, we have set high standards here in Utah for officeholders, both elected and appointed.

Centerville, UT

Though the investigation was expensive, I am grateful that there is effort to restore some semblance of trust in state government and law enforcement at the AG level.

However, what of Mr. Shurtleff. Perhaps the corruption in the AG office started earlier than Mr. Swallow?

And what of the federal investigators that found no evidence of wrong-doing? Could there have been a pay-off for such a report?

Interesting, but speculative at this point. But possible none-the-less.

ray vaughn
Ogden, UT

Thank gooodness that the legislature ill-conceived attempt to gut the GRAMA rules was rescinded. I shudder to think that this corruption would not have been uncovered without strict GRAMA regulations.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Funny --

I miss seeing certain GOP partisan commentors who went on and on about what a mindless, waste of a witch-hunt this was.

That John Swallow was completely innocent,
and this was only the result of Democrats trying to smear a good, decent, honest public servant.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

For those who complain that the investigation was to expensive it was a worthy endeavor .

The price tag is double what the House OKed for lobbying efforts ($2,000,000) to keep the "grouse or sage hen" off the endangered list so people could hunt them legally. Which is more important?


House Report: Swallow hung 'For Sale' sign on door of AG's Office.

House tells AG's office,"Only we can put 'For Sale' signs up. Stay away from our domain."

one old man
Ogden, UT

I tried to post what has to be, under the circumstances, a very legitimate question.

May I try again?

When will the criminal proceedings begin?

Until then, this case is not closed.

Salt Lake City, UT

City Weekly reported most of this stuff before Swallow was elected. We could have saved ourselves a lot of money if anyone had paid attention to their reporting. Or if the Deseret News had took a look at what was reported.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Tell me how does this report differ from the Lt Governors report and that of the Bar Association and the FBI?

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Now they have to honor the findings and put him away. These acts do not merit anything short of incarceration. To blatantly abuse the assumed sanctity of the AG's office for personal gain, and doing so in criminal fashion is inexcusable and an example should be made here.

Logan, UT

@ LDS Liberal:

It doesn't say anything much positive about anyone who could find any facet of this negative and sad story to be "funny".
I'm sorry that you do.

That fact is, very few commentators (GOP or otherwise) wrote that they felt Swallow "was completely innocent", especially once the evidence starting surfacing. Your exaggerating appears to be trying to make this more politically provocative between readers than it really is or should be.

Again, nothing funny about this story whatsoever.

GRE, Inc.

Dont worry, the office and AG are still for sale. Just as corrupt as they were under swallow. Look up AG agent Ron Barton. How does this kind of thing keep happening?

Provo, UT

Copacetic, I'm pretty sure that LDS Liberal was using the word "funny" not in its meaning as providing fun and comedy, but more in its other sense of "strange, bizarre, disquieting." In that assessment I have to concur with LDS Liberal.

Tooele, UT

To Iron Rod...

There was a great deal more at stake than hunting the birds with the money that was spent there. It is about the land they live on. Millions, if not billions of dollars are at stake from oil and gas if those lands are tied up because a bird that lives on it is endangered. To keep that bird off the endangered list is huge when it comes to income for the state of Utah. If the bird is on the list, there will be no permits for oil and gas exploration, or fee income and other income from those endeavors. The state loses big time. Efforts to increase those bird numbers are worth it monetarily as well as environmental.

Draper, UT

If Swallow had admitted his mistakes and resigned early on, the investigation likely would have cost a fraction of this amount. He stonewalled and lied, now I hope he will be forced to pay the consequences by facing serious criminal prosecution. I also join other outraged taxpayers in demanding that he forfeit any and all state retirement benefits.

Genola, UT

I do not know which GOP partisan "commentors" are so sorely missed but at least we have the gloaters to amuse us. I agree that John Swallow should be prosecuted for whatever laws he has broken.

salt lake city, utah

Strong language. Unfortunately, it confirms the gossip and worst fears.

One does wonder whether this will reach back to Shurtleff. I am glad a real, practiced attorney has taken the reins. Reyes is a certain improvement. Should Sim Gill run for AG, we would have excellent candidates to choose from. It would, however, be awkward to have Sim prosecuting the ex-AG while seeking the AG post. Nonetheless, I think highly of Reyes and Gill.

Gram Cracker
Price, UT

Will he still receive that huge retirement package? If so, that is totally not right.

Smithfield, UT

He should be held accountable for the $2M.

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