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Published: Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:30 p.m. MDT

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truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

"After the initial appearance, the defense will be ordered to start sharing its evidence — often referred to as discovery — with the defense, such as investigative reports from law enforcers." I am confused on why the defense is ordered to share information with the defense? I thought the prosecution was ordered to do that.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

You have to feel for the families of the accused. No wife deserves to get blind sided like this and go through this nightmare. Both of these men have alot to answer for.

Shuzzie53
HAYWARD, CA

Truth, DN made a boo-boo. Your last sentence is correct.

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

It is very sad for the families of both of these men. This has to be a hard time for them. Hopefully the silver lining will be two fold. First, we need to get to the bottom of this and maybe understand a future fix. And Second, maybe we can realize that one party control in this State creates an environment that elicits this type of alleged behavior.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

These two have had plenty of notice and should have thought about the consequences of their association with each other and others. They have been in the "fish bowl" of public office for years. The one was allowed to steer the rudder and it appears his boss allowed him freely even in association with people that just happen to be in prison. After living in Illinois for 9 years, they have plenty elected officials in the penitentiary for years.

duck
Saint George, UT

Here's two points: First, although these men are entitled to the presumption of innocence of law breaking until proven guilty, they can and must be held in contempt for ruining the faith and credibility we have for our public officials. They were trusted public servants and should have "avoided the very appearance" of accepting favors or other wrong doing. They utterly failed in that. I was a professional auditor for 33 years and knew I had a duty to the public to not accept favors from clients--even little things. Our Attorney's General apparently acted with negligence, which cannot be tolerated. That brings me to my second point.

The Deseret News and other news media must speak out now and demand that state politicians toughen up our state laws to preclude the accepting of any improper "favors" by public servants. There is clearly ambiguity at the present time. We must never have this fiasco happen again. It was clearly a national disgrace and we don't want our state to be seen as having public servants who even appear to be "on the take".

A concerned citizen

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The families know substantial amounts of money was coming. How many $2,000 donations add up to the amount the campaigns had. Money is everything for some except for power. Both men loved power of positions not serving others.

brotherJonathan
SLC, UT

The truth of our situation? Every public official that has taken money from corporations with share holders: Could and should be prosecuted just like former UAG John Swallow...
This doesn't excuse his mistakes........ Don't be deceived, our government is corrupted because we don't enforce our Bribery Laws.. We can and we will, just not today..
Risk to status quo is so great if we enforce our laws, that our instinct mechanism, Satan, blocks us even considering stopping our immoral behavior...
Just read our state and federal bribery guidelines...We have been ignorant?

BRIBERY: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.
I agree that corporate political contributions are not lawful and violate state and federal bribery statutes because of "corporate mission laws" that protect share holders funds (from fraud/embezzlement); funds must be spent on profit, potential profit or humanitarian expenditures only. So intent cannot be Freedom of Speech but seeking influence for profit.
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Marsha N.
SANDY, UT

I still intend to resolve judgement and character assassination until these men have been proven guilty. Notice please that the accusations come from a known felon which they put behind bars. Revenge takes many forms. Also, the Democratic party has a lot to gain by defaming these two men. Let us remember that the FBI found these charges groundless.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The House of both parties investigation allowed the one to resign. The two years of not only press but studies, investigations, charges, innuendos, facts, and computer, phone, and other files missing and some found have some truth if not all the truth, whether missing or not.

Appearance of evil is from both the beholder and the individuals involved. When people accept money for campaigns there are strings attached in some big investment cases. We have a good system of the press to ferret out those things. Having lived in countries where the press is really controlled, ours is better but not completely without problems.

hermounts
Pleasanton, CA

This case is an excellent argument for limited government, because the bigger government gets, the more temptations there are toward corruption and abuse of power.

zerowolfe
olivehurst, CA

Meeting a known mafiosa members at the Krispe Kream in Provo,Utah and then leaving with 23000 dollars in your pocket to "fix things" ...that is a crime,Mr Swallows!....Seems like the citizens of Utah and Nevada were subjected to corruption with little recourse. Meanwhile, crooked businessmen with 26000 dollars in their pockets and a plane ticket to Costa Rica, were protected by former DA Swallows. Birds of a feather...Jail Birds!

PatrickRC
Salt Lake , UT

Zerowolf : Maybe it is and maybe it isn't. Maybe it didn't happen the way you claim. Do you folks believe everything you read in the press? I totally agree with Marsha: innocent until proven guilty - not the other way around.

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