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House report: John Swallow hung 'for sale' sign on door of attorney general's office

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  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    DN Subscriber, you know that immigration laws are federal laws, don't you?

    It's not the state office holders that are supposed to be enforcing them.

    By the way, I'm ALL for investigating crooked Democrats and well as crooked Republicans.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Swallow is no different than any other citizen - he broke the law and should receive punishment for the crime. There should be no special treatment - if we were in his shoes we wouldn't receive special treatment. Hopefully there will be no "dragging of the feet" in sentencing him to whatever degree it is decided upon. What Swallow did was an injustice to the State of Utah and to the system.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 2:55 p.m.

    What about all the "buyers".

  • Thomas Smith Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    It amazes me that people believe John Swallow is the only politician engaged in this type of conduct. He certainly got caught, but conduct similar to this is a standard for politicians at every level through to the chief executive office of the United States.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 13, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    Why should we assume this corruption reaches back only to Swallow and Shurtleff?

    Yes, they got caught.

    But for everyone who gets caught, how many don't get caught?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    LDS Liberal, hate to break it to you but this GOP (Conservative) Partisan has said that Swallow was oily from day one. I voted against him in the convention and primary election and left my ballot blank for AG in the general election. I knew this was going to happen because I had heard rumors dating back to when he ran against Matheson. Shurtleff should fall with him.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 13, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    So now what?

    And I have to think that Swallow was only emulating Shurtleff. I can't believe Swallow operated in a vacuum.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 13, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Greed is good. And the profit motive is the best possible motive.

    Just ask Adam Smith, Ronald Reagan, and the Republican National Committee.

    Besides, it's not really greed. It's just a healthy self-interest.

    The invisible hand of capitalism (a very good thing) grabbed swallow and handled him like a rag doll, forcing him to nod his head when people came up to him with bribes and requests for favors.

    That's Republican leadership for you.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    What about the companies and political organizations that went to the justice sales and paid money through dummy companies? They should be subject to criminal prosecution too, time to call a Grand Jury.

  • frankflinstone Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:43 p.m.

    Well, Mr Swallow has cost the state at least $400 million in hard cold cash and at least $100 million in reputation...and is he going to be permitted to receive a state pension as if he has been one of our most faithful state servants?

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:39 p.m.

    Mr Swallow should be prosecuted and his retirement package should be stopped. He should also have to make restitution.

  • Bill McGee Alpine, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    Swallow is the tip of the iceberg in what is clearly a corrupt Utah Republican political machine beholden to the most extreme elements of its members, and moneyed interests with deep pockets.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    Swallow's attorney does make a good point - that the legislators in judgment of Swallow are doing the same thing in accepting political contributions. I'll not argue Swallow is innocent. No, I'll argue the legislators are just as guilty. He simply got caught.

  • I'll call it Ogden, UT
    March 12, 2014 7:20 p.m.

    AG office for sale...

    I thought it was an auction to the highest bidder(s).

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    March 12, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    He should be held accountable for the $2M.

  • Gram Cracker Price, UT
    March 12, 2014 5:53 p.m.

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

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    March 12, 2014 5:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    March 12, 2014 5:18 p.m.

    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.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    March 12, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    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.

  • goosehuntr Tooele, UT
    March 12, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    March 12, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    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.

  • GRE, Inc. DRAPER, UT
    March 12, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    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?

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:07 p.m.

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

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    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.

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    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."

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    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?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    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.

  • ray vaughn Ogden, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    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.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 12, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 12, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    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!"