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Published: Tuesday, June 3 2014 11:25 a.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

Wow. He sent his 'tough guy" Lawson out to make people's lives miserable.
His B of A thing put lots of families on the street.
Hard to feel sorry for a man who doesn't consider his family while involved in questionable activity. And those serving warrants may bust into a drug factory with guns blazin', but it's hard to believe him on this.
Why should anyone believe him now? After all we've seen and heard from the investigating committee?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

If they acted inappropriately he should know the proper avenues to seek redress. If they didn't and he doesn't seek redress, we will know this is just a smokescreen.

But before we get too far, innocent until proven guilty.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

The article says Shurtleff is out of town (in D.C.), so he apparentally is getting the "tough guy" images from his kids.

I learned a long time ago to take what my kids tell me with a grain of salt.

Kids can be known to stretch the truth - just a little.

That said, I can't imagine WHAT evidence is available today that WASN'T available a year ago. He should either be charged with.......something..... or not.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@lost in DC

"But before we get too far, innocent until proven guilty."

You mean like Bowe Bergdahl?

North Salt Lake, UT

Getting searched by the cops isn't so cool when you're the target of the investigation, is it Mark?

I checked the cupboard where I keep my empathy. It's empty.

salt lake city, utah

Google what Shurtleff is up to now. Priceless is the FG Xpress YouTUBE video where he endorses the safety of a product based upon his qualifications as an AG.

Sad. (Oh and nice BYU hat the marketer is wearing...wolf).

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Yea, he's the victim.

Bountiful, UT

I wonder if karma has anything to do with this. Mr. Shurtleff really went after the FLDS for their marrying what modern society considers to be under age girls.

While no one condones forcing a woman of any age to get married to a man she doesn't want to marry, but our law now which Mr. Shurtleff enthusiastically enforced would throw a 24 year old in prison for life for consentually marrying a 15 year old girl calling it rape. Let's not forget that throughout all of history this was not uncommon. The fact that we have changed our views doesn't change the morality of the situation. You can not hide behind the law while doing an immoral act and be immmune from justice of a higher court.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Mark is an emotional guy, especially when it comes to his kids. I would frankly be surprised if they brought in the SWAT team to do a search in a case like this, however. I would hope that even those who are convinced Mark is guilty would not approve of agents pointing guns at kids for no reason. I strongly believe Mark is ill-informed.

Poplar Grove, UT

So let my get this straight Mark. When it's someone else, and you are the AG, these tactics are acceptable law enforcement techniques. If you aren't the AG and the subject of a criminal investigation, then they are gestapo tactics. Mark, your hypocrisy is showing.

Sandy, UT

If the account sited by Mr Shurtleff's daughter is in any way true, we should all be disgusted by such heavy handed behavior. There is no need for this, either charge the man or get off his porch!

Sandy, UT

We just listened to the show at lunch, and I must say, had I believed the gist of Shurtleff's statements, Sandy would have had Blackhawk Choppers with masked agents rappelling down from them onto his roof. Stun grenades would have been lobbed through windows, and the big black "A-Team" van would have come around the corner on two wheels, screeched to a halt in his driveway, sideways, and the boys would have summersaulted out the side door onto his lawn and run up the walk and did flying kicks to bring down the door.
I don't believe that happened.

Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

@cjb writes, "what modern society considers to be under age girls.
Um, cjb, we don't just "consider" them underage. They ARE underage.

"The fact that we have changed our views doesn't change the morality of the situation."

Yes it does. Please remember that the exposure of an ankle was "immoral" 150 years ago. And in Iran, it is today.

san antonio, TX

"I think if they’ll do that to me, with my entire life and career in service to law enforcement and public safety, they'll do it to anybody,"

You're correct

Primarily due to the fact you've allowed such tactics upon other folks during your AG tenure.

Provo, UT

I guess the only viable options are you "hide yo kids, hide yo wives."

Only way to avoid lasers.

Woodland Hills, UT

It is interesting to contemplate that the treatment he is receiving is what he was dealing out as an attorney, now he is on the other side of the fence. hard to muster too much sympathy.

Salt Lake City, UT

Let's see now, the former AG says "someone will pay for this when I am exonerated" and the head of the State committee that investigated the mess and seen the evidence says: "I won't be surprised at all if he is indicted." Two honorable Republicans equally firm but opposite in their positions...which to believe??

I wouldn't pretend at this point to believe that there will be a conviction in the matter, but I would love to see one or both at least made to do the perp walk.

Sandy, UT

I find myself very unsympathetic towards Shurtleff. He has been standoffish, and has not been forthcoming in the face of the investigations he finds himself mired in. Sorry, but I thought he was here to serve the people of Utah, not himself.
While he may well end up cleared, being and dealing with people of questionable ethics--a LOT, having a 'fixer'- for some reason, and being even remotely associated with any perceived impropriety is no place for an Attorney General.
He brought all of this upon himself, and the story he delivers is not commensurate with a warrant being served on a white collar crime.
He has come to reaping the consequences of his ill-born doings, and for him to try and elicit sympathy makes him appear even more guilty.
In today's day and age one must do the utmost to separate himself from any perceived wrong-doing, and he did none of that.
Sorry they messed up your house Mark, but you asked for it.

Cleveland , OH

Might encourage him to become a liberal who backs the Constitution and wants the cops demilitarized.

I am thinking every Attorney General and District Attorney ought to go through a fully militarized no-knock raid, with no warning whatsoever, during their first six months in office. Be good for them.

Pleasanton, CA

The cops were acting as if they were arresting a drug dealer or something. This was only a search warrant in a white-collar crime case, for crying out loud!

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