Lawmakers question warrant served on former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff


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  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    June 19, 2014 9:56 p.m.

    It is certainly funny. If you had three years to get rid of evidence, wouldn't you do so? This is much ado about nothing since if there was evidence it has to be gone. I doubt that Swallow and Shurtleff are so naive that they would leave evidence and hard drives laying around.

    The tactics used are yet another story. If it were a parent doing what they did to these children there would be an immediate arrest and outcry. I guess it depends on which laws a person or group is following.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    June 19, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    The country is going to democrat v. republican, conservative v. liberal. There is little truth or insight to most posters; they are only concerned with what you are labeled.

    Sad state of affairs this country and it a direct result of the divisive politics in Washington. Ever since Obama started out with his race baiting and using it as an excuse for his failures, the nation is tearing apart. And, just when I thought we provided him with the vote of just more than the minority vote, he could bring this nation together after years of war, and 9/11.

    Thought wrong, as did many others, who are now very dissatisfied with their choice.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    June 18, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    I'm sorry if Shurtleff's daughter felt uncomfortable but he should have thought about that before he conducted himself so questionably. You can play with fire only so long before you...and those around you...get burned.

  • Smokin' Joe ALTURAS, CA
    June 18, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    I'm sympathetic to Shurtleff's complaint. Was it really necessary to train a firearm and laser on an unarmed 17 year old girl? Necessary to leave his house trashed? This wasn't a warrant served on a meth lab. It was served on the former Attorney General. Are such aggressive (dare I say "police state") tactics always necessary? Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Seems law enforcement could learn from that little vignette of wisdom.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 18, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    Sob, sob. Sniffle, sniffle. Whimper, whimper. Whine, whine.

    Now let's get back to the investigation to find out what really happened between Shurtleff, Swallow, Johnson and all the others in this mess.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    June 18, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    How many homes were invaded just like he said his was when he was attorney general. I imagine that some of them were innocent just like he's claiming he is but then some were also guilty. Isn't it the GOP that constantly calls for law enforcement, zero tolerance, three strikes your out, tougher laws on criminals, etc. etc. He was part of the government for a long time that not only put up and tolerated this kind of behavior but actually put it in place.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    June 18, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    Isn't it standard operating procedure when entering a house, that police have people put their hands up and point their guns at them not knowing what they would do? Did he expect the FBI to ring the doorbell and ask her nicely? That may have worked in this case. I am sure she is a nice girl, but unfortunately police can't distinguish between good and bad. Everyone needs to be treated the same for the protection of the police. Now, there is an argument to be had about the over-militarization of our local police, but that is for a different time.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 18, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    I really doubt that anyone pointed a gun at his daughter.

    The officers were not expecting armed resistance in the house, so why would they point a gun at his daughter?

    It's not like they were busting into a crack house or something.

    I agree with sharphooks. Shurtleff overcooked his story, and it may be a little too overcooked . . . Unsuitable for consumption.

    It doesn't ring true at all.

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    June 18, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    When in doubt, claim to be a victim.

  • megaman Reston, VA
    June 18, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    What a complete failure on the part of law enforcement. No matter whether Shurtleff is guilty, these kind of tactics are completely unnecessary. Please find a more appropriate use for your guns.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    June 18, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    Two points: 1. The DNews keeps publishing the same picture of the outside of the house. None of the people in the picture are wearing body armor and only one is uniformed (presumably carrying a weapon). 2. In an era when every traffic stop is on camera, can it be that there are not video of the incident?

  • Commenter88 Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 18, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    Isn't "Schadenfreude for Shurtleff" an old song title?

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    June 18, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    How does Mr Shurtleff know this at all? How can he say the police used "Dirty Harry" tactics, when he wasn't even there when his house was raided.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 18, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    Sounds like another Clive Bundy story complaining about a heavy handed goverment out of control.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    June 18, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    I'm sorry but Mr. Shurtleff gets no sympathy from here. These same type of tactics are used across the board by police agencies nationwide. Standard operating procedures. Funny how when the shoe is on the other foot that people like him cry the loudest.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    June 18, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for a guy who presumably has condoned and given approval for LEAs to use the very same extreme and unnecessary tactics he is decrying. That said, the good thing may be that something could actually be done to reign in these Rambo wannabe cops who prey on those not fortunate enough to have any power to make them answer for their crimes against human dignity.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 18, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    No sympathy from me.

    Shurtleff's a lawyer. NO DOUBT he would have filed a lawsuit by now had the warrant been served improperly. Doubtful there's ANYTHING to what he says.

    Just trying to manipulate both the media and the legislature - as always.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 18, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    I wonder if this had been our daughter if we wouldn't have reacted the same way.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 18, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    He does business with the likes of Jeremy Johnson-even hangs out at his country club villa and racks up a tab he doesn't cover--assists Swallow in creating false business entities through which to channel illegal campaign funds---has a FIXER--What AG does THAT?

    As much as I don't care for Swallow, he hasn't said word ONE about any of this.
    Shurtleff continues to draw attention to himself, and none of it is good.
    Were I his lawyer--I would have advise him to keep quiet and stay the heck away from any media.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 18, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    "'They violated the law, that's what they did,' Shurtleff said outside the hearing."

    Methinks Mr. Shurtleff is confused about who broke the law. The reason they entered your house with a warrant, Mark, is because YOU broke the law.

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    June 18, 2014 12:33 p.m.

    Just being treated like many alleged criminals. Wonder how many other families had the same treatment when Shurtleff was in control of their lives? Don't like the treatment? Change the policies and procedures (some of which I imagined he approved of).

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    June 18, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    "Look away from there!...Look over here! Over here!" he says.

    This is classic "changing the story" tactic.

    But the story will revert to Shurtleff himself in due time, when the investigation concludes with an indictment, charges or no action.

    Until then, it appears Mr. Shurtleff will parade his minor daughter, and her innocence, in front of cameras in public proceedings as a pretty distraction from the real issues.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 18, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    I think he really overcooked his story.
    If he wasn't involved in activities that warranted federal investigation, none of this would ever have happened.
    I have a hard time believing anything he says.
    Tough for you, Mark.
    Stop breaking the law.